Plainfielder launches Book Club Madu

Plainfield resident Cindelle Harris has been an avid reader for almost as long as she can remember.

“When I was young, I cried for two days when I finished the Lemony Snicket series,” says Harris, who’s been hooked on reading ever since.

“I didn’t have many friends because I loved to read so much,” she says. “My parents used to bribe me to do house chores by buying me books from my favorite authors.”

Years later, her college friends caught on to her penchant for reading, and before long she was the go-to for book recommendations.

“From there, I realized the power of books, and the influence I had on people,” recalls Harris, who had to knock on doors to get her books back.

Now she’d like to extend her influence to us all with her Book Club Madu, which kicked off early this week. Selected books will be mainly from the African Diaspora. You can visit the club’s webpage here, or email for more information, or to be added to the mailing list.

August’s book is the critically acclaimed Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi. Here’s its Amazon link.

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Cindelle Harris shows the first selection for Book Club Madu, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

Every month a new book will be chosen, and a bi-weekly podcast will discuss the current reading. The first is set to air live at Urban One Radio (link) on Monday, August 14th at 6pm. Members are advised to submit questions and comments for the podcast via email ( by August 11th. Podcasts will be available for replay or download anytime at both Urban One Radio and soon on the iTunes store.

Book club members are also encouraged to discuss together via Twitter, and engage using #BookClubMadu or the book club’s twitter account @AfroMadu, which will interact and communicate with members.

It’s great motivation to read books with others, and to have recommendations from avid readers like Cindelle. I’ve already begun the first book, and I hope you will, too.


4 thoughts on “Plainfielder launches Book Club Madu

  1. When I had measles as a child, I cried because I was not allowed to read! It was a great deprivation. As a young mother living in Montclair, i discovered many books about Africa’s early civilizations and culture in the local library. For a time in Plainfield there was a shop across from City Hall with African artifacts and a large lending library of Africana. It was a great asset to the community. I believe the owner, Hassan Salim, is now based in New Brunswick.

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