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Join the New African American Book Club

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Red Eye’s Hall by
Meyer Wolfe, LOC


Join Arlington Public Library’s New African American Book Club and discuss the novels of both new and well-known authors, and thought provoking non-fiction about the African American experience. 



The new club’s first book is “The Awesome Girl’s Guide to Dating Extraordinary Men” by Ernessa T. Carter.

Four women. Two years. A friendship to last a lifetime.

The only things that Sharita, Thursday, Risa, and Tammy have in common are their disastrous love lives. But the year three of them turn 30 will be different, they swear!

Sharita, a plump and conservative accountant wants to make partner at her firm and find the man of her dreams. Thursday, the daughter of a formerly chart-topping political rapper, wants to stop being a serial one-month stander, and settle down into a stable life with a stable boyfriend. Risa, a skinny and audacious electronica punk rocker, wants to finally land an album deal, which she feels is the only way to win back the heart of her on-again of off-again closeted girlfriend. And after getting fired as the spokesmodel for her family’s hair company, sweet and gorgeous Tammy wants to prove that she has what it takes to make it on her own.

None of these women get what they want, but over the course of two years, they get exactly what they need. And that proves to be the best thing after all.


Check out a copy at the Central Library Ask-a-Librarian (Reference) Desk, then stop by the Book Club’s first get-together on Tuesday, March 11, 7 p.m. at Central Library in the Second Floor Meeting Room.


Comments (4)

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  1. Nakeesha says:

    I’m so excited about this group! I’ve posted the info on my blog for the Arlington Black Parents’ Association.

    I love this author and am very excited to meet everyone!

    • Joslyn Jones says:

      Hi Neekeesha:

      I love the author, as well. She is a really engaging and funny writer. I am looking forward to meeting you all, too! If anyone in your group wants a copy of the book, please come to the 2nd Floor and stop at the Ask-a-Desk. A number of copies have been checked out, so I hope it means that we will have a great turnout. See you next month!

      Joslyn Jones
      Manager, Central Adult Services
      Arlington Public Library

  2. Mary says:

    Will the meetings always be on Tuesdays?

    • Joslyn Jones says:


      Yes, the AA Book Discussion Group will meet the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM, unless otherwise noted. I hope you can make it!


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