This Month’s Book Club Selection

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 7:00 p.m. Library Board Room

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood—where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. In Colson Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the terrors of the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one woman’s will to escape the horrors of bondage—and a powerful meditation on the history we all share. – from the publisher

Join us for our next book club meeting on November 28 at 7:00pm in the Library Board Room. You can pick up a copy of the book at the Corvallis Library 2nd floor Reference Desk.  **Please note:  Our November meeting will be on the 4th Wednesday instead of the 3rd.**


The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library Book Club is open to everyone! We meet to discuss various books each third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Boardroom. Books are provided by the library and will be available for pick up four weeks preceding the monthly meeting. You can pick up a copy of the book at the Corvallis Library 2nd floor Reference Desk.

Questions? Contact us at the 2nd floor Reference desk. Phone: 541-766-6793; email:

Already in a book club? You can check out sets of books from previous CBCPL book club meetings. The bags contain 8-12 copies of a book club title, and can be checked out for 2 months.

2018 Book Club Schedule

All meetings are at 7:00pm in the Library Board Room.

Jan. 17 White Trash by Nancy Isenberg
Feb. 21 The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
Mar. 21 Evicted by Matthew Desmond
April 18 Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
May 16 Salt by Mark Kurlansky
June 20  Homeland and Other Stories by Barbara Kingsolver
July 18 On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
Aug. 15 The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Sept. 19 The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
Oct. 17 Beyond Words by Carl Safina
Nov. 28 The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

*Note: the November meeting is not on the 3rd Wednesday due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.