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Looking for something interesting to read and some interesting people to discuss it with? Join us, a group of book lovers from around the Las Vegas Valley, who love to read, think and discuss. Our group values all opinions and welcomes a healthy discussion that includes many perspectives. Come read between the lines with us, because that is where the reading ends and the thinking begins!

Since we send multiple reminders before the meetings, the following policies apply. If you need assistance setting up your notifications to get these reminders, let us know.

No-show policy: If you sign up for something but your plans change, you need to update your RSVP at least three days before the meetup. We meet in restaurants and need an accurate head count to make reservations. Also, we often have a waitlist and want to make sure that those on the waitlist can come if you can't. Repeated no-shows (e.g., two or more) will be removed from the group.

Late-drop policy: Much like no-shows, late drops (changing your RSVP within 2 days before the meetup) are disruptive and make it difficult to deal with our restaurant reservations. We understand that things happen sometimes, but when you drop at the last minute, you've taken a spot that someone else on the waitlist could have had. If you late-drop two or more times, we will move you to the wait list for any future meetings that you are signed up for.

Upcoming events (4+)

A Woman Is No Man -- Etaf Rum

Springs Cafe

This debut novel by a Palestinian-American voice takes us inside the lives of a conservative Arab family living in America. In Brooklyn, eighteen-year-old Deya is starting to meet with suitors. Though she doesn’t want to get married, her grandparents give her no choice. History is repeating itself: Deya’s mother, Isra, also had no choice when she left Palestine as a teenager to marry Adam. Though Deya was raised to believe her parents died in a car accident, a secret note from a mysterious, yet familiar-looking woman makes Deya question everything she was told about her past. As the narrative alternates between the lives of Deya and Isra, she begins to understand the dark, complex secrets behind her community.

Non-Fiction The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Cantú

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A Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú

For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Driven to understand the hard realities of the landscape he loves, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Plagued by a growing awareness of his complicity in a dehumanizing enterprise, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the full extent of the violence it wreaks, on both sides of the line.

Flash Friday: Recitatif: A Story -- Toni Morrison

Mint Indian Bistro

Twyla and Roberta have known each other since they were eight years old and spent four months together as roommates in the St. Bonaventure shelter. Inseparable at the time, they lose touch as they grow older, only to find each other later at a diner, then at a grocery store, and again at a protest. Seemingly at opposite ends of every problem, and in disagreement each time they meet, the two women still cannot deny the deep bond their shared experience has forged between them.

Written in 1980 and anthologized in a number of collections, this is the first time Recitatif is being published as a stand-alone hardcover. In the story, Twyla's and Roberta's races remain ambiguous. We know that one is white and one is black, but which is which? And who is right about the race of the woman the girls tormented at the orphanage?

Morrison herself described this story as "an experiment in the removal of all racial codes from a narrative about two characters of different races for whom racial identity is crucial." Recitatif is a remarkable look into what keeps us together and what keeps us apart, and about how perceptions are made tangible by reality.

The Wall -- Marlen Haushofer

Pin Kaow Thai Restaurant Eastern

First published to acclaim in Germany, The Wall chronicles the life of the last surviving human on earth, an ordinary middle-aged woman who awakens one morning to find that everyone else has vanished. Assuming her isolation to be the result of a military experiment gone awry, she begins the terrifying work of survival and self-renewal. This novel is at once a simple and moving tale and a disturbing meditation on humanity.

Past events (467)

An Immense World -- Ed Yong

Paymon's Fresh Kitchen and Lounge - Eastern