The Book of Salt is Vietnamese-American author Monique Truong's first novel; it presents a narrative through the eyes of Bình, a Vietnamese cook. His story centers in Paris in his life as the cook in the home of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, and is supplemented by his memories of his childhood in French-colonial Vietnam. This book is structured as a stream of consciousness narrative, in which Bình's present circumstances are mixed with episodes from his past.
A casual gathering for gay men on the second Sunday of the month for fun and stimulating discussions about quality gay literature. Books are selected by participants several months in advance, and the only requirements for attending are to RSVP, to bring food or a beverage to share, and to have read a substantial part of what’s being discussed. Gather at 6:00 for eats and drinks; discussion begins at 6:45 and ends by 8:30.