The Dissident -- Nell Freudenberger

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"Yuan Zhao, a celebrated Chinese performance artist and political dissident, has accepted a one-year artist's residency in Los Angeles. He is to be a Visiting Scholar at the St. Anselm's School for Girls, teaching advanced art, and hosted by one of the school's most devoted families: the wealthy if dysfunctional Traverses. The Traverses are too preoccupied with their own problems to pay their foreign guest too much attention, and the dissident is delighted to be left alone—his past links with radical movements give him good reason to avoid careful scrutiny. The trouble starts when he and his American hosts begin to view one another with clearer eyes."

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  • Marie W.

    Hi Michelle! I just circulated an email with Leah's address. Please let me know if you don't get it and I'll reach out directly.

    February 4, 2013

  • Connie

    I'll be there, but late. I am still at work and still need to get dinner and walk the dog. Ah, by the time I get there we'll be done talking about the 1/3 of the book that I actually read! Boo.

    February 5, 2013

  • becca w.

    I was trying to see how my health would hold up for today, and as expected, it's been declining, which means I'm going home to sleep after work :( Looking forward to reading the Junot Diaz book, and if I get a say after being such a terrible member, my book choice is Swamplandia! by Karen Russel. Please let us know when the next meeting is!


    February 5, 2013

  • Ana

    Hi! I’m sorry but won't make it tonight. The next book from our last list is “The brief and wondrous life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz. For our new list I recommend “The Island beneath the Sea” by Isabel Allende. See you next month!

    February 5, 2013

  • maren f.

    Hi all, I thought i was going to be able to make it this time. Sadly, school won this time. I hope to see you all next time. Also I want to put in my two cents in the book pot. City of Thieves, by David Benioff is pretty great. Its fiction and non-fiction rolled into one. Have fun tonight. Ill be there in spirit.

    February 5, 2013

  • Megan G.

    Hey guys, I won't be able to make it tonight. If we are still putting together a new list of books though, my suggestion is Office Girl by Joe Meno. See everybody next time!

    February 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hey guys,
    i still plan to go on Tuesday. leah, you can e-mail me your address at [masked]. thanks so much! see you all soon. michelle

    February 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be late and MIGHT not make it if I don't get a ride there, so don't count on me. :)

    January 10, 2013

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