The Friends of the Library are pleased to announce that the selection for the 2017 Raynham Reads is The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Copies available for loan beginning Wednesday, March 1.
The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.
Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the American author of the novel The Language of Flowers and the nonfiction A Victorian Flower Dictionary. She was born in San Francisco and raised in Chico, California. After studying creative writing and education at Stanford, she went on to teach art and writing to youth in low-income communities. She is also the founder of the Camellia Network, a nonprofit organization intended to create a nationwide movement to support youth transitioning from foster care.
Language of Flowers Quiz – Do you speak flower? Visit the library to take our quiz.
Wednesday, April 5, 2:00 PM – Afternoon Tea “Myths and Magic and The Language of Flowers” – Senior Center*
Wednesday, April 12, 1:00 PM Book Discussion – Library
Sunday, April 23, 1:00 PM Tussie-Mussie Nosegay Make-It-and-Take It Workshop – Library
Saturday, April 29 – Brunch and Bus Trip to Tower Hill Botanic Garden**
*Tickets available for purchase beginning March 1, $10
**Tickets available for purchase April 1, $25
Raynham Reads 2017 is sponsored by the Friends of Raynham Public Library, the Raynham Cultural Council and the Raynham Public Library.