TUESDAY TEASER

Today’s Tuesday Teaser is from the beginning of the book chosen for the Texas Gulf Coast Read, which occurs in October every year when thousands of readers in many Gulf Coast counties (ours included) are reading the same book at the same time.  It features a book either set in Texas or by a Texas author. This year’s choice is Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke, a native Houstonian who now lives in LA. It is set in East Texas.  Her novel tells the story of Darren Matthews, whose uncle was the first African American Texas Ranger, who inherited his uncle’s love of justice. During this month there will be book club discussions, brown bag luncheon discussions, and the author will make several appearances to answer questions about Bluebird. Three of us are trecking to a Houston library this coming Saturday to hear her speak. Here are her opening lines:

“Geneva Sweet ran an orange extension cord past Mayva Greenwood, Beloved Wife and Mother, May She Rest with Her Heavenly Father. Late morning sunlight pinpricked through the trees, dotting a constellation of light on the blanket of pine needles at Geneva’s feet as she snaked the cord between Mayva’s sister and her husband Leland, Father and Brother in Christ. She gave the cord a good tug, making her way up the modest hill, careful not to step on the graves themselves, only the well-worn grooves between the headstones, which were spaced at haphazard and odd angles, like the teeth of a pauper.”

I can hardly wait to get started, and am really looking forward to the event Saturday.

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Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I am currently teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This makes my 28th year there after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

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