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Humboldt Reads!

February 20, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

An enjoyable hour with an informal dinner and interactive book discussion!

Please join us for our February Humboldt Reads!  It will be held on Thursday, February 20th, 5:30 pm, at the Caribbean Coffeehouse in Humboldt, IA.  Attendees pay for their meal choice, but no pre-registration or monthly commitment is required.

This month’s selection is Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.


Book Info:

“Memphis, 1939.  Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shanty boat.  But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force.  Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth.  At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day.  Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon.  But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.”

Please return by the due date so others may enjoy this month’s selection.  Attend the February Humboldt Reads! and you are welcome to a copy of the book by stopping in the library and requesting a copy after joining our discussion at the Caribbean Coffee House.

Please click here for a PDF flyer.

NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, please contact the library (332-1925) regarding updates on the scheduled book club event, or visit our Facebook page.

If you have questions,
please call Julie Larsen
at the Humboldt Public Library.



February 20, 2020
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Julie Larsen


Caribbean Coffeehouse
1010 13th Street North
Humboldt, IA 50548 United States
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