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Nick's Book Club

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Monday • May 29 • 4pm

The book store cafe fireside

Book Club

The Underground Railroad

SPECIAL HOURS: Due to Memorial Day, this month's meeting will be at a special time.

Join Nick's Picks book club for a lively discussion of this month's book!

Cora's mother abandoned her at the age of ten and fled to the freedom of the North. Cora is now a young woman and says shes not running away, but Caesar talks her into it. They plan on escaping together—until Lovey surprises them by showing up and insisting on going with them.

Ridgeway, the most successful slave catcher in America is on their trail. Cora's mother got away from him. He's not going to let Cora do the same thing.

Colson Whitehead gives us Cora's escape attempt in thrilling chunks of story, interrupted by meditations by some of the characters and realistic period advertisements for runaway slaves. Whitehead can tackle just about any topic with realism and panache and this Pulitzer Prize-winning tale is no exception.

Book club members save 20% when you purchase this title at our U District store.


Nick's Book Club Nick DiMartino has had over twenty plays in full-run productions across the United States. His musical adaptations of Ozma of Oz and Rama were performed by the Bellevue Children's Theatre. His adaptations of Dracula, Pinocchio, and The Snow Queen were performed by Seattle Children's Theatre. His adaptation of Frankenstein premiered at the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, was videotaped in 1997 by the BBC and released as a video by Globalstage. His two musical adaptations from the Kalevala were produced by the Finlandia Foundation. He's been the campus book buyer for the University Book Store at the University of Washington for over forty years, hosts two book clubs, and reviews international fiction online for Shelf Awareness. He lives in Seattle. His books include: Student Union, The Devil in Love, Joseph Golem, Women Who Can't Stop Talking, Love in the American Empire, Pineapple Moon, Changes, Dude, Ghost Novels, Christmas Ghost Story, University Ghost Story, Seattle Ghost Story, Memoirs, Mars versus Maple School, and Throw Me Among My Own.

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