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Well-Read Black Girl Book Club: “With the Fire on High” by Elizabeth Acevedo, Day 1 @ Word Up

Glory Edim founded Well-Read Black Girl as a book club exclusively for Black women, with the aim to amplify the voices of Black writers and celebrate their achievements in the literary world. Join a new chapter at Word Up, and read our first June/July pick: Elizabeth Acevedo’s With the Fire on High. Moderated by Memphis Washington. Buy the book at the shop, or online at wordupbooks.com.

Be prepared to talk about the first half of the book. Come ready to share your thoughts, ask questions together, and discuss a wonderful new book by Afro-Dominican author Elizabeth Acevedo.

About the Book:
Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

About the Author:
ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is a New York Times best selling author. She is the winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, The Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction, the Boston Globe-Hornbook Award Prize for Best Children’s Fiction, and the Pura Belpré Award for a work that best affirms the Latinx cultural experience.

Well-Read Black Girl Book Club: “With the Fire on High” by Elizabeth Acevedo, Day 1 @ Inwood Buunni

Glory Edim founded Well-Read Black Girl as a book club exclusively for Black women, with the aim to amplify the voices of Black writers and celebrate their achievements in the literary world. Join a new chapter at Word Up, and read our first June/July pick: Elizabeth Acevedo’s With the Fire on High. Moderated by Memphis Washington. Buy the book at the shop, or online at wordupbooks.com.

Be prepared to talk about the first half of the book. Come ready to share your thoughts, ask questions together, and discuss a wonderful new book by Afro-Dominican author Elizabeth Acevedo.

About the Book:
Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

About the Author:
ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is a New York Times best selling author. She is the winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, The Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction, the Boston Globe-Hornbook Award Prize for Best Children’s Fiction, and the Pura Belpré Award for a work that best affirms the Latinx cultural experience.

Fort Washington NYPL Book Discussion Group: “A Very Large Expanse of Sea” by Tahereh Mafi

It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped. Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.