Bonnie Brzozowski, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library reference librarian, will review the novel "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead at noon Wednesday at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library as part of the Random Review program.

Whitehead has created a fictional version of the underground railroad of people who helped escaped slaves from the South to travel north before the Civil War. His railroad is made up of real trains and tracks doing the transporting. The reader travels with Cora, a young Georgia slave, as she escapes and gradually makes her way northward enduring a never-ending gauntlet of brutal treatment and indignities through geography and time.

This National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winning novel is written in a narrative both magical and matter of fact. The combination creates an affecting literary experience and makes the reader powerfully aware of the staggering inhumanity of slavery.

Brzozowski is a Texas native and University of North Carolina alum. She has lived in Corvallis for five years. As a reference librarian she selects the domestic science, graphic novels, and performing arts books for the library and answers questions at the second floor reference desk. Brzozowski organizes library events for adults and is the mastermind behind the  popular annual Sip & Spell adult spelling bee. Bonnie lives on an acre with her husband, eight chickens and three cats.

Up next: Next month's program on March 7 will feature “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World” by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. It will be reviewed by retired physician David Grube.  Please note that the date has been changed from March 14 to March 7.

Contact reporter James Day at jim.day@gazettetimes.com or 541-758-9542. Follow at Twitter.com/jameshday or gazettetimes.com/blogs/jim-day.

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