In celebration of Pride Month, join us at our Reading into History Family Book Club to discuss the story of a young girl and her perspective on the legalization of same-sex marriages set in the not-too-distant past. Author Jennifer Gennari joins us in person to answer your questions about her groundbreaking book. Afterwards, we’ll head to the library and explore historical objects related to the story!
About My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer:
“Set against the backdrop of the legalization of civil unions for gay couples in Vermont in 2000, Gennari’s debut novel spends the summer with 12-year-old June Farrell, an accomplished pie-maker who is still getting used to living with her mother’s partner, Eva... June’s uneasiness is compounded when her mother and Eva announce that they are planning a civil union ceremony, just as a local antigay “Take Back Vermont” campaign is gaining traction, testing June’s friendships and emotions... It’s a realistic account of a family coming together under stress, as June finds inner strength that brings her several triumphs and helps her stand up for her family.” (Publisher’s Weekly)
Accessing the Book:
My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer will be available from the NYHistory Store. If you have difficulty finding the book, be sure to check out your local library (NYPL, Brooklyn Public Library). There are also e-books on Barnes and Noble.com, and Kindle books available on amazon.com.