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Morris County Book Club February Meetup

Parsippany-Troy Hills Library

$2.00

THE BOAT PEOPLE by Sharon Bala Fiction; 338pp. “The Boat People” tackles a timely topic based on a true event that occurred in 2010 in Canada with the arrival of a merchant vessel carrying hundreds of Sri Lankan refugees seeking asylum. This novel reflects on an important issue that is front and center right now in countries around the world. When a rusty cargo ship carrying refugees from Sri Lanka’s Civil War reaches Vancouver’s shores, Mahindan thinks that he and his 6-year-old son can finally start a new life. Instead, the group is thrown into a detention processing center, with government officials and news headlines speculating that among the “boat people” are members of a separatist militant organization responsible for countless suicide attacks—and that these terrorists now pose a threat to Canada’s national security. As the refugees become subject to heavy interrogation, Mahindan begins to fear that a desperate act taken in Sri Lanka to fund their escape may now jeopardize his and his son’s chance for asylum. Told through the alternating perspectives of Mahindan; his lawyer, Priya, a second-generation Sri Lankan Canadian who reluctantly represents the refugees; and Grace, a third-generation Japanese Canadian adjudicator who must decide Mahindan’s fate as evidence mounts against him, “The Boat People” is a timely novel that provokes a deeply compassionate lens through which to view the current refugee crisis. Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/Morris-County-Book-Club-Meetup-146233762098471/

Morris County Book Club March Meetup

Parsippany-Troy Hills Library

$2.00

FLY GIRLS: HOW FIVE DARING WOMEN DEFIED ALL ODDS AND MADE AVIATION HISTORY by Keith O'Brien Non-Fiction; 352pp. In honor of Women’s History Month, our March selection is “Fly Girls” by Keith O’Brien. Like “Hidden Figures” and “The Girls of Atomic City,” this book celebrates a little known slice of history in which tenacious, trail-blazing women braved all obstacles to achieve greatness. “Fly Girls” tells the untold story of five women who fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s — and won! Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to events and cities vied against each other to host them. Male pilots were hailed as dashing heroes who stared death in the face; but, female pilots were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to capitalize on a manly, deadly pursuit. “Fly Girls” recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky. O’Brien weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high school dropout who worked for a dry cleaners in North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorcee; Amelia Earhart, the most famous but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at the constraints of her blue-blood family’s expectations; and Louise Thaden, the mother of two young children who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together, they fought for the chance to race against the men — and in 1936 one of them would triumph in the toughest race of all. Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/Morris-County-Book-Club-Meetup-146233762098471/

Morris County Book Club April Meetup

Parsippany-Troy Hills Library

$2.00

TENDER IS THE NIGHT by F. Scott Fitzgerald Classics/Fiction; 317pp. Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, “Tender is the Night” is the tragic romance of the young actress Rosemary Hoyt and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own, and whose growing strength highlights Dick's harrowing demise. A profound study of the romantic concept of character, “Tender is the Night” is lyrical, expansive, and hauntingly evocative. Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/Morris-County-Book-Club-Meetup-146233762098471/

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Morris County Book Club January Meetup

Hunan Taste Chinese Restaurant

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