Book T.A.L.K. (Talk About Literature in Kansas) A Humanities Kansas program.
Our fall series is the Growing Up American series. Each of the novels we are reading are classified as coming-of-age literature and capture the liminal state of adolescence. We get to see the world through the eyes of someone still a bit outside the adult world as they explore ethnicity, sexuality and the social expectations of the world around them. This kind of literature is categorized by the German term Bildungsroman, the psychological and moral development of a young person becoming an adult.
Our second novel is Sag Harbor by the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
Benji Cooper is one of the few black students at an elite prep school in Manhattan and every summer, he escapes to the Hamptons, to Sag Harbor, where a small community of African American professionals have built a world of their own.
During the summer of 1985, fifteen-year-old Benji must try to come to terms with growing up, bad haircuts, the New Coke Tragedy, and by his secret Lite FM addiction. A summer of the usual trials and tribulations, but maybe, just maybe, this summer might be one for the ages.
Our discussion will be led by Dr. John Tidwell. Copies of the book are available at the library.