The Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club is taking a break in April. For May, the club will read and discuss both The Yellow Wife Sadeqa Johnson’s novel and the non-fiction The Devil’s Half Acre: The Untold Story of How One Woman Liberated the South’s Most Notorious Slave Jail by Kristen Green. Both are Virginia writers whose subject is the notorious Lumpkin’s Jail in Richmond. The Friends club usually meets on a Sunday afternoon in-person and on Zoom. To join: Contact Kelly Gotschalk at The May day and time will be announced soon.

VCU Libraries also recommends VCU Alumni’s Virtual Book Club. This online community connects alumni, parents and friends. Participation is free and the club is facilitated by a professional book club manager, Professional Book Club Guru. The club connects through a private online forum where participants discuss the book and network with one another. The group reads one book every two months.

A novel set in 1950s India, The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi is the March-May book. The VCU club is choosing between these two titles for May-July: a self-help guide, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life by Nir Eyal, and Isabel Allende’s A Long Petal of the Sea. To join the club

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