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Hip and Well Read January: This Is How You Lose Her (Secondary meetup)

  • Feb 13, 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.

Due to popularity, I'm making a secondary meetup for this book.

Pulitzer 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, 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.

Thinking about coming when the Meetup is FULL? Read/click here.

Happy Reading!


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  • Hannah

    Really enjoyed meeting everyone and the discussion of the book. Thanks for making my first time so memorable!

    2 · February 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can the new book be announced in enough time to read? by the time I get the notice, it is too late to read the book. thanks.

    February 12, 2013

    • Michelle

      The new book will be for the end of march. An will be announced by the end of the week. The last announcements were made 5 months in advance. I usually try to give at least a month.

      February 12, 2013

  • Joyce

    Unfortunately I have a conflict with the rescheduled date of this discussion (2/13).

    February 12, 2013

  • Jesús

    I am on the first group meeting this Wed... I am pretty sure I can't make it, anybody wants to switch days?

    January 26, 2013

  • Christian V.

    I starting classes and they're on Wednesdays

    December 16, 2012

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