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READ Africa: Transcendent Kingdom

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Program Type: Book Club
Age: Adult
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In celebration of the vibrant African literature that has expanded global influence in the last 20 years, join us for a discussion of The New York Times best seller Transcendent Kingdom, by award-winning Ghanaian-American novelist, Yaa Gyasi.  

Gifty is a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after an ankle injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed.  Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family’s loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive.  (Synopsis provided by Penguin Random House)

A copy of the title will be available for checkout to the first 9 individuals who register to attend.  Contact us at 262-564-6130 to arrange picking up your copy.

After the discussion check out the other diverse and creative stories representing the continent’s cultures and experiences now available in our library catalog.  These titles are generously provided by the African Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.