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Legendary Book Club - Deacon King Kong by James McBride

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Thu, July 08, 2021
06:30PM - 08:30PM
Virtual Event, San Diego CA 92106
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Free; Bring your own refreshments!
Ms. Lynn Basquez, BA History '78

Our next meeting will be Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 6:30 PM via ZOOM. RSVP to Lynn between June 29 and July 7 via email or phone only. (This module does not accept registrations.)

We will be discussing Deacon King Kong by James McBride. Per Amazon:  In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .38 from his pocket, and, in front of everybody, shoots the project’s drug dealer at point-blank range. The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of [this] funny, moving novel. McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood’s Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself.

Other novels/books discussed and voted upon (in order) were:

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith suggested by Lynn
  • The Henna Artist by Stanford alum Alka Joshi suggested by Chrissie and Carl
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders suggested by Emmy
  • Educated (memoir) by Tara Westover suggested by Ellen Von Hoften


RSVP via email to Lynn at by July 4, 2021 

6:30 to 7-7:15 - Socialize, check-ins
7-7:15 to 8-8:15 - Book discussion
Then -- discuss the September 2021 meeting


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