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Let's Clean up the Road!

New time. New day.
Tuesday, July 24, 6:00 p.m.

Join members of Plymouth's Justice and Peace Task Force in sprucing up 84th Street between Kalamazoo and Breton Avenues. Youth and adults are invited. Meet up and park at Cornerstone Church (84th and Kalamazoo) at 6:00 p.m. Gloves, bags, and safety vests are provided.

Black Lives Matter in Grand Rapids

Wednesday, August 1
Rosa Parks Circle, 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Join this on-going demonstration with members of Plymouth Church, All Souls, Fountain Street, and Westminster at the corner of Monroe and Monroe Center (by the Rosa Parks statue). The group gathers the first Wednesday of every month. Placards and signs are provided.

Plymouth Book Club - Angela's Ashes

Monday, August 13, 7:00 p.m. in the lounge

Every once in a while Plymouth's book club reaches back in time to read a novel that has been around a while. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt was published in 1996 and made into a movie that was released in 1999. The book is imbued on every page with McCourt's astounding humor and compassion and is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic. Having waited 40 years to tell his story, McCourt doesn't pull any punches in this story of growing up dirt poor in Limerick, Ireland. Having emigrated to America, his family returns to Ireland after his sister dies in Brooklyn. It is there that things turn from bad to worse. It is McCourt's contention that there is nothing worse than Irish Catholic poverty, and his book would seem to bear it out: his family moves to a row house in Limerick that is located next to the street's lavatory! However, the book is written in a lyrical style from the point of view of McCourt as a boy, and it is still filled with the whimsy of growing up and the natural humor of its author. While the book is often angry (at the Church, at his father, at his poverty, at his mother), it is also filled with forgiveness without bitterness. Covering the ages spanning three to 19, Angela's Ashes is the story of McCourt's struggle to escape from poverty and a tale of Ireland still seemingly in the dark ages. Barred from the good schools because of his class, teeth falling out from malnutrition, and facing life with a shiftless alcoholic father, McCourt nevertheless survives on his wits and manages to return to America to start his life over. Again. It is a triumph of both the art of memoir writing and the author's spirit. Our selection is available at Schuler Books on the Book Club Table with a 20% discount.

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