Entree: Teaching Black Girls: Resiliency in Urban Classrooms by Venus E. Evans-Winters. I'm in another book discussion group - this one at Josephinum Academy. All the staff were given a choice of several books to discuss, so I chose this one - something I know very little about. What is it like to be poor, black, and female - the triple whammy.
Side: The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigani. Another novel on a raucous Italian-American family in NYC. Think the Italian version of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."
Side: The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. I've been wanting to read something by this author, so I grabbed this children's book about a 12-year-old boy on a hero's quest to return a magical conch to its rightful place in the Himalayas.
Dessert: Jane Austen's England by Roy & Lesley Adkins. Enjoyable book about the way that the English lived, from birth to death, in Jane Austen's time. As one chapter title puts it, "Fashions and Filth," says it all. Fun to read!