The rumor of an ancient magic calls across centuries in this powerful book. Weaving together stories of people escaping slavery and a nurse in present-day Cleveland, Remembrance by Rita Woods leaves a lasting impression and so much for any book club to discuss.
What to Drink:
Whether you go for decaf, half-caf or fully loaded, you can’t go wrong serving coffee to your book club. Because Haiti is such an important setting in this book, we’d suggest some fair trade Haitian coffee like Singing Rooster and Cafe Kreyol offer.
What to Eat:
From peppery and spicy to fruity and fresh, Haitian cuisine offers a wide array of delicious flavor! Interested in trying some of Haiti’s most noted dishes like pate (puff pastries with spiced ground beef or salted cod) or soup joumou? We’d recommend a cookbook like Haiti Cherie or recipes from Top Chef star Gregory Gourdet who frequently pays homage to his Haitian upbringing.
What to Watch:
The Underground Railroad, Barry Jenkins’ tv adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel on Amazon also tells a harrowing tale of escaping slavery with elements of the fantastic. For more on the history of Voodoo, Djimon Hounsou’s documentary In Search of Voodoo: Roots to Heaven explores the origins of Voodoo in West Africa.
What to Discuss:
Download the Remembrance Reading Group Guide for insightful questions to get the discussion going.Remembrance RGG Revised
What to Read Next:
For another fantastical yet realistic take, The Underground Railroad as mentioned above is a perfect follow-up to Remembrance. Fans of this book will also appreciate the rich storytelling of genre-defying works like Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James, or Kindred by Octavia Butler.
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