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Libbie Mill Community Book Club

Great news for book lovers! The Libbie Mill Midtown Social Committee is hosting book club twice in 2024. Come to the clubhouse to find your next favorite book, explore a new genre, and enjoy conversation with other members of the community.

2024 dates:

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2024, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 1, 2024, 7-8:30 p.m.

Books will be selected through recommendations and a poll. Please visit the Libbie Mill Library, Barnes & Noble or Amazon to pick up a copy or listen to an audible version.

Horse: A Novel

"Brooks' chronological and cross-disciplinary leaps are thrilling." --The New York Times Book Review

"Horse isn't just an animal story--it's a moving narrative about race and art." --TIME

"A thrilling story about humanity in all its ugliness and beauty . . . the evocative voices create a story so powerful, reading it feels like watching a neck-and-neck horse race, galloping to its conclusion--you just can't look away." --Oprah Daily

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award - Finalist for the Chautauqua Prize - A Massachusetts Book Award Honor Book

A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history

Kentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South. When the nation erupts in civil war, an itinerant young artist who has made his name on paintings of the racehorse takes up arms for the Union. On a perilous night, he reunites with the stallion and his groom, very far from the glamor of any racetrack.

New York City, 1954. Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a nineteenth-century equestrian oil painting of mysterious provenance.

Washington, DC, 2019. Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from Australia, and Theo, a Nigerian-American art historian, find themselves unexpectedly connected through their shared interest in the horse--one studying the stallion's bones for clues to his power and endurance, the other uncovering the lost history of the unsung Black horsemen who were critical to his racing success.

Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism.
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464 pages

Average rating: 8.27




Community Reviews

Jun 23, 2024
3/10 stars
My found this book eventful and interesting I was sadden by the life of the main character. His pain and injustice made me cry. Im was very happy with the book ending. Knowing justice is out there for everyone. I wish I had the opportunity to meet this person to let him know how proud I was of his secret knowledge and his drive for freedom in Canada
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Jun 06, 2024
10/10 stars
Just loved this book. Passion, love, pathos. Comparing lives lived in different situations with same results. Will we ever learn?
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Elsie H
Jun 05, 2024
9/10 stars
Enjoyed this book very much! The first few pages were slow, but just keep reading, this story quickly pulls you right into the pre-civil war era with Jarrett, a slave, his struggles, his devotion to his horse, Lexington, his search for freedom and, of course, the business of horseracing. At the same time, the author weaves in current day research on the horse, Lexington, and the artwork that brings together Jess and Theo, who deal with current day struggles and issues.
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Mar 19, 2024
2/10 stars
Did not finish
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Mar 13, 2024
8/10 stars
What a great book
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