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The ORIGINAL and LONGEST RUNNING Book Club in Downtown Santa Ana!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

Do you love a good bit of fiction? Do you want to be “among people who are reading?” Well, you’ve found us! We are a co-ed book club that meets monthly at Chapter One: the modern local in Downtown Santa Ana.

Is this the book club for you?
Do you enjoy reading and discussing books with a diverse group of people?
Do you like modern fiction?
Do you want to participate in a vibrant discussion that encompasses varying viewpoints?
Are you over 21 years old (It IS called “Literature and Libations” after all)
Can you contribute to the discussion even if you haven’t quite finished the book?

When and where?
We will meet the second Tuesday of each month 6:30 – 8:30 at Chapter One: the modern local in Downtown Santa Ana in the Red Room (Private Room).

What will we do at the meetings?
We are going to socialize and discuss books. We aren’t going to dissect each page in excruciating detail. We’ll start with some general discussion questions and then see where the conversation leads us – impressions, opinions, viewpoints and thoughts about the book. Most important for us, we want participants to feel safe sharing their opinions – please listen respectfully and inclusively and be prepared to share your thoughts. Discussion moderators will rotate each month to keep the conversation fresh.

How are the books chosen?
Participants suggested books earlier this year and the club voted on what to read next. We are always looking for additional suggestions. Books suggestions should be modern (In general, published after 2013), fiction, and less than 350 pages.

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February Discussion - The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Chapter One: the modern local

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned. Like the protagonist of Gulliver’s Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share. We are going to socialize, have fun and discuss the book. We aren’t going to dissect each page in excruciating detail. We’ll start with some general discussion questions and then see where the conversation leads us –impressions, opinions, viewpoints, and thoughts about the book. Most important for us, we want participants to feel safe sharing their opinions – please listen respectfully and inclusively and be prepared to share your thoughts. Discussion moderators will rotate each month to keep the conversation fresh. We will meet in The Red Room, a private room within Chapter One.

March Discussion - Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Chapter One: the modern local

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . . Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time. We are going to socialize, have fun and discuss the book. We aren’t going to dissect each page in excruciating detail. We’ll start with some general discussion questions and then see where the conversation leads us –impressions, opinions, viewpoints, and thoughts about the book. Most important for us, we want participants to feel safe sharing their opinions – please listen respectfully and inclusively and be prepared to share your thoughts. Discussion moderators will rotate each month to keep the conversation fresh. We will meet in The Red Room, a private room within Chapter One.

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