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Carmichael's Community Book Club

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206


Founded in October 2014, Carmichael's Community Book Club was formed by the people and for the people. We select books quarterly reading the best titles around. Meetings are the last Tuesday of every month at 7pm. We do not meet November and December. Our club has over 20 members and we are growing daily! Come for one book or join us for all of our meetings. We provide a venue, a facillitated book discussion and refreshments. For more information about book club contact us at info@carmichaelsbookstore.com or stop into the store.

Carmichael’s Community Book Club

Spring 2017 Reading List

Wherever you stand on the American political spectrum, we are now in uncharted territory my friends. For us here at Carmichael’s the best thing to do in situations like this is to read. The following are our suggestions to help with the transition and hopefully answer some questions or foster resistance and hope. All meetings are open to the public and take place on the last Tuesday of the month at 7pm at our Frankfort Ave. location. 

April 25th 

  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

  • Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis that of poor, white Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for over forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. In HillbillyElegy, J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck.
    The Vance family story began with hope in postwar America. J.D. s grandparents were dirt poor and in love and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually one of their grandchildren would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that J.D. s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, never fully escaping the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. With piercing honesty, Vance shows how he himself still carries around the demons of his chaotic family history.

May 30th

  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

  • Colson Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.


Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062300546
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Published: Harper - June 28th, 2016


"You will not read a more important book about America this year."--The Economist

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ISBN: 9780385542364
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Published: Doubleday Books - August 2nd, 2016

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South

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