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November Selections - Lab Girl / A Place For Us
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - 290 pages Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also so much more. Lab Girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work. Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them from the Midwest across the United States and back again, over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home. ================================= A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza - 385 pages A Place for Us unfolds the lives of an Indian-American Muslim family, gathered together in their Californian hometown to celebrate the eldest daughter, Hadia's, wedding - a match of love rather than tradition. It is here, on this momentous day, that Amar, the youngest of the siblings, reunites with his family for the first time in three years. Rafiq and Layla must now contend with the choices and betrayals that lead to their son's estrangement - the reckoning of parents who strove to pass on their cultures and traditions to their children; and of children who in turn struggle to balance authenticity in themselves with loyalty to the home they came from. In a narrative that spans decades and sees family life through the eyes of each member, A Place For Us charts the crucial moments in the family's past, from the bonds that bring them together to the differences that pull them apart. And as siblings Hadia, Huda, and Amar attempt to carve out a life for themselves, they must reconcile their present culture with their parent's faith, to tread a path between the old world and the new, and learn how the smallest decisions can lead to the deepest of betrayals.

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Respond by: 11/4/2018

What we're about

While it may not JUST be about a book; there is reading involved (usually) and this IS a book club. But, we hope to be a different kind of book club - one that is not so serious, one that involves an evening enjoying a meal or snack AND wine or beer while supporting a local business. And this is a very social book club. We try to talk about the book - but if you are looking for a club where the priority is focusing on the book - I can't guarantee that will happen. It's usually a large group - so often you will end up talking in a smaller group, where the book may (or may not) be the focal point.

We will be meeting the first Monday of each month (unless it's a holiday) at Fat Squirrel and what's great about that? It's $5.00 wine night and there are beer specials!

Rules of Engagement:

Books are chosen somewhat randomly. I listen to the conversations, look at the types of books people say they are interested in and tend to look them up on If it's highly rated - I try to schedule it in... While all suggestions are appreciated, there is no way we will get to all suggestions...

We respectfully ask anyone whose plans change to update their RSVP so we know how many seats we need, as well as allow Fat Squirrel to plan staffing appropriately.

Frequent no-shows or late RSVP changes may be asked to leave the group.

Men and women are welcome; but we are restricting membership to adults.

There is an annual $5 membership fee. This fee is used to help defray the Organizer Costs of having a group on meet-up. You can pay online, or you can let Alicia know and bring cash to the meet-up event.

Hopefully this is all pretty simple, and based on common courtesy.

The overarching goals for this group are to enjoy discussing a common book, making friends, and enjoying a glass of wine (or beer). Hope you'll consider joining us.

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