January 2019 Book Group
Join librarian Bonnie to discuss Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, a powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice, by Bryan Stevenson. This book has been named to Best Books of the Year lists by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and Time; winner of the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, finalist for the Kirkus Reviews Prize, and an American Library Association Notable book; and will soon be released as a major motion picture starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx.
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.
Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.
The Scandinavia Public Library chooses a book monthly (except for December) to read and discuss as a group on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. Selections vary widely and readers are welcome to participate as frequently as they choose.