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OWL Book Discussion Groups

OWL has both Fiction and Non-Fiction Book Discussion Groups that are open to all! Come to one or all meetings. Books are available for check out at OWL.

Non-Fiction Discussion Group

When: Second Thursday of each month from 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Where: In the Library's Jamie Gagarin Community Room.
Facilitated by: Karen Pasternak [email protected]

Selection List for 2021-22  Click here



   


October 14

The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

As a girl, Kingston lived in two confounding worlds: the California to which her parents immigrated and
the China of her mother’s “talk stories.” This memoir written in the 20th century helps us understand
the discrimination still faced by Asian-Americans in the 21st century. Moderated by Audrey

 

 

 

 

November 11

Pentimento by Lillian Hellman

This series of portraits by Hellman has been both widely praised as a moving, beautiful memoir, as well
as vilified for its questionable veracity. The film Julia was based on the most controversial portrait.
Whether fact or fiction, begged, borrowed, or stolen, who cares? This book makes for great reading. A
discussion about the line between fiction and nonfiction might be very interesting. Moderated by Nancy

 

 



Fiction Discussion Group

When: Second Thursday of each month from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Where: In the Library's Jamie Gagarin Community Room.
Facilitated by: Karen Pasternak [email protected]

Selection List for 2021-22  Click here


 


October 14

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

In the 1940s a Chinese American and a Japanese American student become friends amid the chaos of
blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, before the girl and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the
internment camps. Years later the man begins a search that reminds us of a shameful episode in
American history. The book cautions us to examine the present and understand the discrimination still
faced by Asian-Americans in the 21st century. Moderated by Cara

 

 

 

November 11

Beheld by TaraShea Nesbit

In this plain-spoken historical novel, the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony is
refracted through the prism of female characters. Despite the novel’s quietness of telling, its currency is
the human capacity for cruelty and subjugation. Moderated by Cindy