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CALLING ALL READERS: March Genre Selection results are in! Here are the Cultural reading picks for next's month book discussion. Please complete the poll for the #ReadingJunkies Book Club reading to begin March 1st. Your participation is appreciated! The poll can be accessed at the following link: https://www.meetup.com/We-Have-an-Activity-for-That/polls/ March Reading Book Poll: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Tokarczuk: Taking place in a remote, Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale, the story is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice? A Woman Is No Man by Rum: This debut novel by an Arab-American voice, takes us inside the lives of conservative Arab women living in America. This story may make you angry and it may make you cry. It examines four women’s stories of different generations and the guarded old-world beliefs and customs within a patriarchal culture. The novel is stated to be honest and raw. Summary description can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34313931-a-woman-is-no-man?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=GPvYbl0Q28&rank=1 My Sister, the Serial Killer by Braithwaite: A Nigerian novella that tests the adage "blood is thicker than water". What if you found out your sister was a serial killer? Perhaps "blood is thicker - and more difficult to get out of the carpet - than water". Using satire and dark humor, the story follows the relationship between two sisters in which one is a serial killer. Summary description can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38819868-my-sister-the-serial-killer?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=xEziIs44fe&rank=1 The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by See: Written by one of my favorite authors! A wonderful, cultural look at the Akha tribe in China, the tea trade, and on Chinese adoption during the time of the 1 child rule. In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the farming of tea. For the Akha people, ensconced in ritual and routine, life goes on as it has for generations—until a stranger appears at the village gate in a jeep, the first automobile any of the villagers has ever seen. The stranger’s arrival marks the first entrance of the modern world in the lives of the Akha people. Slowly, Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, begins to reject the customs that shaped her early life. When she has a baby out of wedlock—conceived with a man her parents consider a poor choice—she rejects the tradition that would compel her to give the child over to be killed. The story tracks Li-yan's rise as a businesswoman and her daughter's life in America after adoption to white parents. Please cast your vote by Saturday, February 22nd. Court
Hello, #ReadingJunkies! February's Book Selection is "The Black Witch" by Laurie Forest. We will kick-off the first book club meeting at Fan Deng Book Cafe in Gaithersburg. For anyone who would like to participate, an $11 payment will be due to cover the cost of food. Food will be provided by Fan Deng Book Cafe. Please message me if you have any food allergies or specific food preferences (e.g., vegan, no pork). There is ample parking available in the back of the cafe. ABOUT THE BLACK WITCH: "Against all odds, you need to hold your faith in the good." - Laurie Forest, The Black Witch. The Black Witch is a thoughtful consideration of the prejudices people hold, and the way upbringing and family can play into our narrow view of the world. Elloren is the narrator, and a Gardnerian, with her own set of bigoted ideas about the other creatures in Erthia - Fae, Lupines, Urisks, Icarals, etc. - who, in turn, have been brought up to believe in all the negative Gardnerian stereotypes. It's a magic boarding school book. It is like Harry Potter if Rowling had paused to more deeply explore the prejudice held by supposedly "pure blood" witches and wizards. And, unlike Harry Potter, Elloren is not special and does not save everyone. The author places emphasis on the power of cooperation and teamwork, suggesting we are at our strongest when we work together. Really, it is about the power - the utter necessity - of education. Universities, in both the world of The Black Witch and in our own, bring together people from all different backgrounds. They are the ultimate melting pots that allow people to expand their minds beyond the confines of the small world they are used to. Forest uses this to show how important multiculturalism is - how it fosters understanding and empathy. ABOUT FAN DENG BOOK CAFE: Fen Deng is a cafe and Chinese bookstore where you can donate any book for food! The cafe was established to build a comfortable environment for book lovers to make friends, share stories, and enjoy healthy delicious food. You can share your books with the community in exchange for fresh served food or drink. They will give store credits to be used according to the book value. Feel free to bring some old books to donate! ABOUT #READINGJUNKIES: Not only will we discuss some thought-provoking questions amongst new friends, but club members will also get an opportunity to participate in Book Bingo and make page corner bookmarks! Book Bingo participants will receive a prize. More details will be provided at this month's meeting. Discussion questions posted in the photo section below. See you there! Court
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