The Bookmarkers first book of the new reading season is Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. (Whitehead was a Pulitzer Finalist for one of his other novels.) From Booklist Starred Review*: Over the course of his previous five novels, Whitehead has conducted an imaginative, droll, and eviscerating inquiry into the blurred divide between American mythology and American history, especially the camouflaged truth about racism. In this magnetizing and wrenching saga, Whitehead tells the story of smart and resilient Cora, a young third-generation slave on a Georgia cotton plantation where she has been brutally attacked by whites and blacks. Certain that the horror will only get worse, she flees with a young man who knows how to reach the Underground Railroad. Everything Whitehead describes is vividly, often joltingly realistic ….. With each compelling character, some based on historical figures, most born of empathic invention, Whitehead takes measure of the personal traumas and mass psychosis that burn still within our national consciousness. Hard-driving, laser-sharp, artistically superlative, and deeply compassionate, Whitehead’s unforgettable odyssey adds a clarion new facet to the literature of racial tyranny and liberation. In the Westchester Library System, there are 37 copies, audio books, 10 large print, and electronic versions. We will meet the third Tuesday of the month, Sept. 19 at 7:30 at Betsy’s. Please let her know you will be coming.