BRDC Book Club
Each month members of BRDC get together and discuss a group chosen book focused on the Blue Ridge or BRDC founding philosophies. If you'd like to join please contact: Eva Floyd at: email@example.com
The book club usually holds a meeting somewhere in Grayson county on the third Thursday of the month.
Besides the in-person meetings, we also have very insightful digital conversations about each book as we are reading them. We ask that Book Club participants utilize the "Comments" section at the very bottom of each book specific blog post as a public discussion forum. For that to work, we ask that you "Subscribe via e-mail" to that post discussion for each book as to be notified when new topics and responses are posted.
Our October Book Club will discuss Gathering Moss: The Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
"Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. "Gathering Moss" is a beautifully written mix of science and personal reflection that invites readers to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses.
"Ada Franklin is a young pow wow doctor in the Pennsylvania Dutch, religious faith tradition. By saying sacred chants, she can remove warts, staunch bleeding, and “take out fire” to heal burns. That all changes on a June day in 1953 when the Franklin barn ignites into flame. Ada and her mother enter the burning building to rescue their animals. The scorching heat, the roar of the blaze, the shrill bellows of so many cows trapped inside—all of it changes Ada. For the first time, she fears death and—for the first time—she doubts God. After the fire, she no longer can heal. Then Ada meets Will Burk and his pet raven, Cicero. And then there is another fire."
"Fire Is Your Water is acclaimed memoirist Jim Minick’s first novel. Built on magical realism and social observation in equal measure, it never gives way to sentimentality and provides an insider’s glimpse into the culture of Appalachia. A jealous raven, a Greek chorus of one, punctuates the story with its judgments on the characters and their actions until a tragic accident brings Ada and Will together in a deeper connection."