Join the book club, read the selected books and come togher to discuss them. There is no fee to join the LLI Book Club, however, FRIENDS membership is required.
THE BOOK LIST FOR 2019
January 14, 2019 - Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
In her follow-up to Salvage the Bones, Ward returns to the fictional town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and the stories of ordinary people who would be easy to classify dismissively into categories like "rural poor," "drug dependent," "products of the criminal justice system." Instead, Ward gives us Jojo, a 13 year old, and a road trip that he and his little sister take with his drug-addicted black mother to pick up their white father from prison. Their story feels mythic, both encompassing the ghosts of the past and touching on all the racial and social dynamics of the South as they course through this one fractured family.
February 11, 2019 - Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Lee's stunning novel, her second, chronicles four generations of an ethnic Korean family, first in Japanese-occupied Korea, in the early 20th century, then in Japan itself from the years before WWII to the late 1980's. Exploring central concerns of identity, homeland and belonging, the book announces its ambitions right from the opening sentence: "History has failed us, but no matter." Lee suggests that behind the facades of wildly different people lie countless private desires, hopes and miseries, if we have the patience and compassion to look and listen.
March 11, 2019 - Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
There are the simmering racial tensions and incendiary family dynamics beneath the surface of a quiet Ohio town. There are the appeal and impossibility of assimilation, the all-consuming force of motherhood and the secret lives of teenagers and their parents, each unknowable to the other.
April 8, 2019 - The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
It all started at a dinner party...A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors-a twisty, roller coaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all-a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night, when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately lands on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story. Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years. What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family - a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.
Instructor: Barbara Evangelista
Dates: 1/14/2019 - 4/8/2019
Times: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Building: Building O