We are excited to be hosting an author talk with Larry Palmer, author of Scholarship Boy: Meditations on Family and Race, on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30pm.
You know that feeling you get when relaxing on a porch, nowhere to go, just listening someone tell their stories? That’s the feeling Scholarship Boy evokes. The memoir’s inclusion of the word ‘meditation’ in the subtitle is instructive – indeed, the words flow over you as someone meditating, out loud, on their life.
Mr. Palmer’s life is extraordinary, which you can’t miss, and yet, his work is devoid of pretense. You’ll travel with Larry, the ninth of 10 children, from St. Louis to New Hampshire where he attends the highly selective private Phillips Exeter Academy. The first chapter takes us on Larry’s journey to find a barber who knows how to cut the hair of young Black men (or, in this case, is willing to learn). This particular story is unnerving, and touching. As you move through the pages, you’ll learn more about the years before and after Exeter, including his childhood relationships with his siblings and then later, through his time as a Harvard undergrad (he then goes on to attend Yale Law). You’ll discover what he learns from entering into this world so far removed from his home and family, and what he eventually realizes he left behind. Along with his successes and challenges, he weaves his shortcomings into the tale so easily that you can’t help but be open to the lessons he learned, either relating to them or learning from them yourself.
There’s a lot in this well paced memoir to consider. I hope you’ll read it and join us to meet Mr. Palmer next month! To register click here.
Shari H., Library Director
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