The African American Book Club at the Palmdale Library will discuss on July 19 “Kill ‘Em and Leave,” James McBride’s new book about legendary entertainer James Brown. The group will meet at 7 p.m.

“Kill ‘Em and Leave” goes in search of the “real” James Brown and reportedly uncovers the man behind the myth. McBride, a National Book Award winner, takes the reader on a surprising journey to reveal a troubled, misunderstood and complicated man while revealing ways in which the singer helped to shape not only African American culture but the world’s pop music tastes in general.

Critics have said McBride, author of “The Color of Water” (1995) and “The Good Lord Bird” (2013), is the perfect biographer of Brown, finding universal American themes in the musician’s life story the divide between North and South, rich and poor, and Black and White. McBride also delves into the on-going legal battles of Brown’s estate, a subject so complicated that it could warrant it own book.

New members are welcome to meet on the third Tuesday of each month.

The Palmdale Library is located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more details, call (661) 267-5600 or visit www.cityofpalmdale.org/library.