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Let's discuss "The Angel of History," by Rabih Alameddine
Set over the course of one night in the waiting room of a psych clinic, The Angel of History follows Yemeni-born poet Jacob as he revisits the events of his life, from his maternal upbringing in an Egyptian whorehouse to his life as a gay Arab man in San Francisco at the height of the AIDS pandemic. Hovered over by the presence of sassy Satan, who taunts Jacob to remember his painful past, and dour, frigid Death, who urges him to forget and give up on life, Jacob is also attended to by fourteen saints. Alameddine gives us a charged philosophical portrayal of a brilliant mind in crisis. This is a profound and winning story of the war between memory and oblivion with which we wrestle every day of our life.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

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    We are a group of enthusiastic readers from different sexual orientations (Bi, Gay, Lesbian, Trans, questioning, straight), different ages, and diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We embrace diversity in all its forms. We share eclectic tastes in literature. We read everything from the most popular bestsellers to the odd and obscure; across all genres of fiction and non-fiction. We read to explore the variety of the human experience. Our book club is a place where we learn from each other and freely express our views. We select thought-provoking, challenging, but also fun books. Join us every month for a lively discussion, followed by dinner/drinks at Wilde Bar.

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