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Book Club Read: Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Book Club Read: Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

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  • 1 (ONE) Paperback Copy of Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
  • Mellow Melanin Honey Manuka Shampoo Bar
  • Steep and Sip Loose Leaf Tea

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Book Synopsis:

Montgomery, Alabama, 1973. Fresh out of nursing school, Civil Townsend intends to make a difference, especially in her African American community. At the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic, she hopes to help women shape their destinies, to make their own choices for their lives and bodies.

But when her first week on the job takes her along a dusty country road to a worn-down one-room cabin, Civil is shocked to learn that her new patients, Erica and India, are children—just eleven and thirteen years old. Neither of the Williams sisters has even kissed a boy, but they are poor and Black, and for those handling the family’s welfare benefits, that’s reason enough to have the girls on birth control. As Civil grapples with her role, she takes India, Erica, and their family into her heart. Until one day she arrives at their door to learn the unthinkable has happened, and nothing will ever be the same for any of them.

Decades later, with her daughter grown and a long career in her wake, Dr. Civil Townsend is ready to retire, to find her peace, and to leave the past behind. But there are people and stories that refuse to be forgotten. That must not be forgotten.

Because history repeats what we don’t remember.

Inspired by true events and brimming with hope, 
Take My Hand is a stirring exploration of accountability and redemption.

Review from a previous reader: 

Take My Hand tells the amazing story of precious lives impacted by tragedy and triumph, as told through the eyes of a young, compassionate, dedicated and determined nurse. I give the book five stars because I truly felt like I was there in 1973 with the characters, seeing the horrific happenings unfolding firsthand. The narration is brilliant and captivating, not to mention eye-opening and inspiring. I recommend it to everyone.

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