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Welcome! We are a diverse group, including college students, working professionals, stay-at-home parents, and retirees. What we all have in common is a love of reading.

We meet once a month (third Sunday) to discuss interesting books. It's a very social and friendly group, so come join us and make some new friends!

Upcoming events (2)

Feb 21, "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel" by Ocean Vuong

This month we will be reading and discussing "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel" by Ocean Vuong, 4.4 stars, 256 pages Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0525433759/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0525433759&linkCode=as2&tag=fcmeetup-20 Poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one’s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard. With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years. DETAILS ABOUT OUR MEETING: This will be an online event, so we are starting at 6:00 PM for a social time, then the book discussion will begin at 6:30 PM. At the conclusion of the discussion, we will elect the next Non-Fiction fiction book to discuss at the January 2021 meetup. The candidate book titles will be posted a few weeks (days?) before the event: Links and Amazon descriptions can (will) be found here: https://www.meetup.com/FtCollinsBookClub/pages/26105683/BOOK_DESCRIPTIONS_FOR_THIS_MONTH%27S_VOTE If this will be your first meeting attended, please review our Group Structure page to familiarize yourself with how our group works. (http://www.meetup.com/FtCollinsBookClub/pages/Group_Structure/ ) See everyone (virtually) there! Links to our pages: About us: https://www.meetup.com/FtCollinsBookClub/about/ Group Structure: https://www.meetup.com/FtCollinsBookClub/pages/4694352/Group_Structure/ Book Selection History: https://www.meetup.com/FtCollinsBookClub/pages/7540482/Book_Selection_History/

Non-Fiction: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

This month we will be reading and discussing "Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood" by Trevor Noah, 4.8 stars, 304 pages. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0399588191/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0399588191&linkCode=as2&tag=fcmeetup-20 Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle. Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love. NOTE: It is suggested that you should listen to this as an audio-book since it is narrated by the author/comedian Trevor Noah himself. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IW9TM5O/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B01IW9TM5O&linkCode=as2&tag=fcmeetup-20 DETAILS ABOUT OUR MEETING: This will be an online event (link to be posted soon). We will start at 6:00 PM for a social time, then the book discussion will begin at 6:30 PM. At the conclusion of the discussion, we will elect the next Non-Fiction fiction book to discuss at the May 2021 meetup. The candidate book titles will be posted a few weeks (days?) before the event. Links and Amazon descriptions can (will) be found here: https://www.meetup.com/FtCollinsBookClub/pages/26105683/BOOK_DESCRIPTIONS_FOR_THIS_MONTH%27S_VOTE If this will be your first meeting attended, please review our Group Structure page to familiarize yourself with how our group works. (http://www.meetup.com/FtCollinsBookClub/pages/Group_Structure/ ) See everyone (virtually) there! Links to our pages: About us: https://www.meetup.com/FtCollinsBookClub/about/ Group Structure: https://www.meetup.com/FtCollinsBookClub/pages/4694352/Group_Structure/ Book Selection History: https://www.meetup.com/FtCollinsBookClub/pages/7540482/Book_Selection_History/

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