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If you want to join a book club where participants tell you what they really think about the book, this is the group for you. We mince no words in discussing our likes and dislikes of a book. We are a very informal group. We don’t have a leader, but we take turns going around the room and hearing each person’s views about the book. This often leads us into lively discussions of past events in the area or in our lives. Before leaving, we vote on a book for the following month.

 

November 2019

Little Fires Everywhere
By Celeste Ng

Book Club Meeting:  November 21, 2019  @ 12:00 (noon) at the YWCA

Summary: “In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.”

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December 2019

I will always write back: how one letter changed two lives
By Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda, with Liz Welch

Book Club Meeting:  December 19, 2019  @ 12:00 (noon) at the YWCA

Summary: “It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin’s class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. All the other kids picked countries like France or Germany, but when Caitlin saw Zimbabwe written on the board, it sounded like the most exotic place she had ever heard of — so she chose it. Martin was lucky to even receive a pen pal letter. There were only ten letters, and forty kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one. That letter was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives.”

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