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Book Club


The Croatan Book Club's goals are to enhance the members' reading experiences and to promote communication among Croatan residents.

Next Meeting


Time: 09/21/2017 07:00 PM
Host(ess): TBD
Discussion Leader: TBD

All neighbors are welcome. Just read the book (or maybe not), bring a beverage or snack, and e-mail the hostess if you will be attending.

Current Selection


A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

Current Selection Cover

This absorbing account by a young man who, as a boy of 12, gets swept up in Sierra Leone's civil war goes beyond even the best journalistic efforts in revealing the life and mind of a child abducted into the horrors of warfare. Beah's harrowing journey transforms him overnight from a child enthralled by American hip-hop music and dance to an internal refugee bereft of family, wandering from village to village in a country grown deeply divided by the indiscriminate atrocities of unruly, sociopathic rebel and army forces. Beah then finds himself in the army in a drug-filled life of casual mass slaughter that lasts until he is 15, when he's brought to a rehabilitation center sponsored by UNICEF and partnering NGOs. The process marks out Beah as a gifted spokesman for the center's work after his "repatriation" to civilian life in the capital, where he lives with his family and a distant uncle. When the war finally engulfs the capital, it sends 17-year-old Beah fleeing again, this time to the U.S., where he now lives. (Beah graduated from Oberlin College in 2004.) Told

Future Dates, Books, Discussion Leaders, and Hosts


Date Title Author Host(ess) Leader
10/19/2017 Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel TBD TBD
12/07/2017 The RosieProject Graeme Simsion TBD TBD