The Human Rights Book Club is focused on discussing local and international human rights issues in a casual and comfortable setting where you will be in good company. The club reads fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Anyone is welcomed to join at any time, and we look forward to reading with you.
Bartering with the Bones of Their Dead: The Colville Confederated Tribe and Termination by Laurie Arnold.
Bartering with the Bones of Their Dead tells the unique story of a tribe whose members waged a painful and sometimes bitter twenty-year struggle among themselves about whether to give up their status as a sovereign nation. Over one hundred federally recognized Indian tribes and bands lost their sovereignty after the Eisenhower Administration enacted a policy known as termination, which was carefully designed to end the federal-Indian relationship and to dissolve Indian identity. Most tribes and bands fought this policy; the Colville Confederated Tribes of north-central Washington State offer a rare example of a tribe who pursued termination.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
The Help is a historical fiction novel which tells the story of Abigail, a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, her friend Minny, and white socialite Skeeter. Together, this unlikely trio of women pen a novel about working as a black maid in the South that will forever change their lives.
Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today by Lori M. Carlson.
Ten short stories about contemporary native American teens by members of tribes of the United States and Canada, including Louise Erdrich and Joseph Bruchac.
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the reservation to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
When the Rain Sings: Poems by Young Native Americans
When the Rain Sings: Poems by Young Native Americans was created in partnership with Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers and includes some of the notable talents from Wordcraft’s Mentoring Initiative, a national program created to cultivate the writing abilities of Native youth. NMAI, with support from Wordcraft’s founding director Lee Francis (Laguna Pueblo), asked Native participants from Mentoring Initiatives throughout the United States to use objects and historic images from the museum’s unparalleled collections to spark their imagination. The uplifting, sometimes aching, responses of these poets, who range in age from nine to seventeen, invite readers into a world colored by joy, sadness, and memory.
Tantalize by Cynthia Leitech
Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her parents are dead, and her hybrid-werewolf first love is threatening to embark on a rite of passage that will separate them forever. Then, as she and her uncle are about to unveil their hot vampire-themed restaurant, a brutal murder leaves them scrambling for a chef. Can Quincie transform their new hire into a culinary Dark Lord before opening night? Can he wow the crowd in his fake fangs, cheap cape, and red contact lenses — or is there more to this earnest face than meets the eye? As human and preternatural forces clash, a deadly love triangle forms, and the line between predator and prey begins to blur. Who’s playing whom? And how long can Quincie play along before she loses everything?
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