Booked For Lunch November Selection

November 22 at noon: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a former national correspondent for The Atlantic. He is the author of The Beautiful Struggle, Between the World and Me, and We Were Eight Years in Power. The Water Dancer is his first work of fiction and Booked for Lunch's November selection.

Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her--but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he's ever known.

This is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by the author’s bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, The Water Dancer is the story of America’s oldest struggle–the struggle to tell the truth–from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers. (from the author's website:

Join Robin Brz. in person or online via Zoom on Monday, November 22 at noon to discuss the novel that Oprah calls "one of the best books I’ve ever read in my entire life, right up there in the Top 5.” Copies are available at the adult circulation desk and digital editions can be downloaded using Libby or Overdrive. Register online or by email at