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The Night Library: Salvage the Bones

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Get ready for the second meeting of the Cauldron’s feminist bookclub: The Night Library.

Up next is Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones, winner of the National Book Award. This gritty but tender novel is about family and poverty in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina.

As the twelve days that make up the novel's framework yield to their dramatic conclusion, this unforgettable family pulls itself up to face another day. A big-hearted novel about familial love and community against all odds, and a wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, Salvage the Bones is muscled with poetry, revelatory, and real.


Our bookclub meets bi-monthly IRL. We will have a digital discussion component as well!

FYI: Upcoming book selections + discussion dates will be announced here (and all over our social media duh).

What is The Night Library?

Books are our favorite tool for making sense of this wild world. The Night Library is The Cauldron’s feminist, radically open, community-minded book club hosted by bats Betsy Willett and Meghan Nesmith. We’ll embrace texts from philosophy to pop culture, with an emphasis on diverse voices and authors, and leave no mind un-magicked.

Betsy Willett is a writer, researcher, editor, art lover, and book nerd and can be found parenting her puppy in Cambridge.

Meghan Nesmith is a writer, editor, and obsessive living in JP who can be found reading in the bath, in the rain, and on trains.

Earlier Event: March 20
The Night Library: Priestdaddy
Later Event: July 17
The Night Library: The Argonauts