9/12 Book Club -Ann Dielan

Ann is hosting our September meeting and will be dishing up shrimp and orzo. Please leave a comment below to let us know if you can come and what you will bring.

**Also please note you will need to park in the driveway that comes off Wynwood.

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November Book Read -The Library Book

The Library Book. Susan Orleans
Susan Orlean’s bestseller and New York Times Notable Book is “a sheer delight…as rich in insight and as varied as the treasures contained on the shelves in any local library” (USA TODAY)—a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution and an investigation into one of its greatest mysteries. “Everybody who loves books should check out The Library Book” (The Washington Post).

On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire was disastrous: it reached two thousand degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?

Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a “delightful…reflection on the past, present, and future of libraries in America” (New York magazine) that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.

In the “exquisitely written, consistently entertaining” (The New York Times) The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries; brings each department of the library to vivid life; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago.

“A book lover’s dream…an ambitiously researched, elegantly written book that serves as a portal into a place of history, drama, culture, and stories” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis), Susan Orlean’s thrilling journey through the stacks reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books—and why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country.

There There. A novel by Tommy Orange. 2018.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Yuval Noah Harari

October Read: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird LaneFrom #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See,
a moving story about tradition, tea farming, and the
enduring connection between mothers and
daughters.
In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her
family align their lives around the seasons and the
farming of tea. For the Akha people, ensconced in
ritual and routine, life goes on as it has for
generations—until a stranger appears at the village
gate in a jeep, the first automobile any of the villagers
has ever seen.
The stranger’s arrival marks the first entrance of the
modern world in the lives of the Akha people. Slowly,
Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her
mountain, begins to reject the customs that shaped
her early life. When she has a baby out of wedlock—
conceived with a man her parents consider a bad
match—she rejects the tradition that would compel
her to give the child over to be killed, and instead
leaves her, wrapped in a blanket with a tea cake
tucked in its folds, near an orphanage in a nearby
city.
As Li-yan comes into herself, leaving her insular
village for an education, a business, and city life, her
daughter, Haley, is raised in California by loving adoptive parents. Despite her privileged
childhood, Haley wonders about her origins, and across the ocean Li-yan longs for her lost
daughter. Over the course of years, each searches for meaning in the study of Pu’er, the tea
that has shaped their family’s destiny for centuries.
A powerful story about two women separated by circumstance, culture, and distance, The Tea
Girl of Hummingbird Lane is an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and
a celebration of the bonds of family.
Also proposed:
The Alice Network, Kate Quinn
Once Upon a River, Diane Satterfield