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July Meetup: This Is How You Lose Her

Note: RSVPs for this meetup open at 7pm on the Monday after our June meetup.

For our July meetup, we are reading This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz. It is a collection of nine short stories. Published in 2012, this book garnered a lot of attention in the literary community and was nominated for a bunch of literary awards, such as the National Book Award. The hardcover version clocks in at 213 pages -- a relatively short read for our group. And it is available in paperback & as an eBook (Kindle/Nook).

The GoodReads blurb is

On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness--and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own. In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in This Is How You Lose Her lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that “the half-life of love is forever.”

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  • A former member
    A former member

    This meetup was my first for the group. I had a great time. Everyone was so nice. I learned a lot more about the book from listening to everyone's perspective. I'm looking forward to more events. Thanks!

    1 · July 23, 2014

  • Pat

    As a first timer, I am looking forward to more discussions.

    July 21, 2014

  • Isabelle

    Thorough discussion: machismo, immigrants, family relationships, women.. and we were able to fit dinosaurs somehow. Great group!

    2 · July 20, 2014

  • Faith R.

    Great as usual

    2 · July 20, 2014

  • Lynne

    Woke up w/ conjunctivitis. Hope book will be discussed on FB. See you next mo.

    July 20, 2014

  • Daniel C.

    I'm sorry I can't make it. I was looking forward to the meeting. If it's still ok, I'd like to try again in the future. Thanks. Dan

    July 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    "This Is How You Lose Her" is not really my kind of reading. Will try again next month.

    Thanks,

    D'Nell Williamson

    July 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi,

    With regard to the cancellation below, am I now a yes or was someone else ahead of me that was on the wait list? Thanks.

    D'Nell WIlliamson

    July 15, 2014

  • Roger C.

    Sorry, but I can't make it Sunday. It turns out I have a date with wife/daughter/granddaughter at Ladew gardens near Baltimore (and some sort of butterfly house???).
    Have fun!

    July 15, 2014

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