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A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin

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  • A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin is a collection of 43 linked stories, many (most?) of them autobiographical. It will be an interesting challenge to discuss the collection as a whole! 

    This book was on many Best of 2015 lists, and was one of The New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of 2015. It's a Maureen Corrigan favorite: "If you want consolation or uplift from your short stories, look elsewhere. Berlin had been around the block a few too many times to sugarcoat things. But her hard-earned, one-of-a-kind voice and vision make these stories well worth the pain."


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  • Joan P.

    We need a host. If you have space for 18, let me know! I'll raise the attendance cap when we have a venue.

    November 24

    • Dale M.

      Hi Jason,

      November 28

    • Dale M.

      I happen to have some extra chairs.

      November 28

  • Ann E.

    If I should happen to move up off the wait list, I can bring some chairs, and I know others can, too.

    1 · November 28

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