Hip and Well Read January: This Is How You Lose Her

  • January 30, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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Hey Hipsters and Bibliophiles,

The people have spoken and our January book will be This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz.

ulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz’s first book, Drown, established him as a major new writer with “the dispassionate eye of a journalist and the tongue of a poet” (Newsweek). His first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, was named #1 Fiction Book of the Year” by Time magazine and spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, establishing itself – with more than a million copies in print – as a modern classic. In addition to the Pulitzer, Díaz has won a host of major awards and prizes, including the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, the PEN/Malamud Award, the PEN/O. Henry Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Anisfield-Wolf Award.
Now Díaz turns his remarkable talent to the haunting, impossible power of love – obsessive love, illicit love, fading love, maternal love. 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.”

This Is How You Lose Her is available on Amazon.com, however, I encourage you all to support your local independent book store or library:

City Paper's List of Independent Bookstores
Google Map/Listing of Independent Bookstores in Philly

PLEASE ONLY RSVP IF YOU INTEND TO SHOW UP, more than 3 no shows in a row will result in a temporary ban from RSVP-ing until you can assure me you will actually attend.  We are having far too many people RSVP and then not showup and people changing their RSVP at the last possible minute preventing other members from being able to attend.

You will notice that that if you RSVP "Yes," you'll be charged to attend. This is to help me cover my costs as Organizer and reduce the number of no-shows we have at meetings. Please keep in mind I'm only giving refunds if the meeting is canceled or rescheduled, not if you change your mind about attending.

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Happy Reading!


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  • Jesús

    Okay, definitely can't make it, will open up my spot. Looking forward to the second meetup for this, will keep my eyes open for a spot.

    January 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This Just In!


    The Junot Diaz event originally scheduled for November 14th as part of this year's Forum on Peripheries has been rescheduled to Tuesday, November 27th. The time and location are the same: 5:00 pm, Harrison Auditorium, Penn Museum.

    If you have any question please email

    Jennifer Conway [masked]

    October 22, 2012

  • Jesús

    Michelle, it's for the U of Penn. The Free Library event already happened... :-)

    October 12, 2012

  • Michelle

    If anyone is interested in tickets, please contact Val, she has a ticket available for the Free Library event.

    October 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just checked the Free Library site the event is sold out for Saturday. However The U of Penn event still has tickets Weds ,November 14. Time:5p-630p. I have a ticket for that event . I just found out I can not attend if anyone wants that ticket please contact my email on meet up.

    September 28, 2012

  • Jesús

    Thanks for that... I just purchased tickets.
    Also, he is coming to Penn:

    Prob. my favorite author these days.

    September 22, 2012

  • Michelle

    Shout out to Val who alerted me to this:

    Junot Diaz Coming to Philadelphia

    He will be speaking at the Free Library along with Samuel R. Delaney on September 29, 730p-9p cost is $7.00-$15.00. 1901 Vine Street Central Library of Philadelphia . Central Library of Philadelphia.freelibrary.org

    September 20, 2012

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