“I Love Libraries” Book Discussion – Free Overdrive download Sept. 14-28 / Discussion Oct. 17 via Zoom

Monday, September 21

All Day

As part of the “Libraries Transform Book Pick” program, between September 14 and 28 you can borrow “Book of the Little Axe” by Lauren Francis-Sharma on OverDrive.  If you borrow an ebook copy on September 28, you will still receive the full lending time allotted by your library.

There will be a discussion of the book via Zoom on Saturday October 17 at 3 PM!  Email dobref@wlsmail.org for the Zoom link.

“Ambitious and masterfully wrought, Lauren Francis-Sharma’s Book of the Little Axe is an incredible journey, spanning decades and oceans from Trinidad to the American West during the tumultuous days of warring colonial powers and westward expansion.

In 1796 Trinidad, young Rosa Rendón quietly but purposefully rebels against the life others expect her to lead. Bright, competitive, and opinionated, Rosa sees no reason she should learn to cook and keep house, for it is obvious her talents lie in running the farm she, alone, views as her birthright. But when her homeland changes from Spanish to British rule, it becomes increasingly unclear whether its free black property owners—Rosa’s family among them—will be allowed to keep their assets, their land, and ultimately, their freedom.

By 1830, Rosa is living among the Crow Nation in Bighorn, Montana with her children and her husband, Edward Rose, a Crow chief. Her son Victor is of the age where he must seek his vision and become a man. But his path forward is blocked by secrets Rosa has kept from him. So Rosa must take him to where his story began and, in turn, retrace her own roots, acknowledging along the way, the painful events that forced her from the middle of an ocean to the rugged terrain of a far-away land.”

The “Libraries Transform Book Pick” is a popular digital reading program that connects readers nationwide by offering free access to the same ebook through public libraries.