Katie’s Choice Book Club to discuss ‘The Power of One’

• Book discussions will be at Katie’s Cup coffeebar, 502 Seventh St., at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16, and 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 19

Staff Report

The Katie’s Choice Book Club’s selection for January is The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay.

Hosted by Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries and Katie’s Cup coffeebar, the book discussion will be at Katie’s Cup at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16. The discussion will be offered again at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, at the coffeebar at 502 Seventh St., Rockford.

The book club is open to all interested people, free of charge. No pre-registration is required.

In 1939, as Hitler casts his enormous, cruel shadow across the world, the seeds of apartheid take root in South Africa. There, a boy called Peekay is born. His childhood is marked by humiliation and abandonment, yet he vows to survive and conceives heroic dreams — which are nothing compared to what life actually has in store for him. He embarks on an epic journey through a land of tribal superstition and modern prejudice where he will learn the power of words, the power to transform lives, and the power of one. One reviewer had this to say about the book: “Unabashedly uplifting … asserts forcefully what all of us would like to believe: that the individual, armed with the spirit of independence — ‘the power of one’ — can prevail.”

For more about Katie’s Choice Book Club, contact Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries at either (815) 962-4279 or RALMmail@ aol.com.

From the Jan. 11-17, 2012, issue

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