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Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
In October we will read Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa Goodreads.com says: Forcibly removed from the ancient village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejas are moved into the Jenin refugee camp. There, exiled from his beloved olive groves, the family patriarch languishes of a broken heart, his eldest son fathers a family and falls victim to an Israeli bullet, and his grandchildren struggle against tragedy toward freedom, peace, and home. This is the Palestinian story, told as never before, through four generations of a single family. The very precariousness of existence in the camps quickens life itself. Amal, the patriarch's bright granddaughter, feels this with certainty when she discovers the joys of young friendship and first love and especially when she loses her adored father, who read to her daily as a young girl in the quiet of the early dawn. Through Amal we get the stories of her twin brothers, one who is kidnapped by an Israeli soldier and raised Jewish; the other who sacrifices everything for the Palestinian cause. Amal’s own dramatic story threads between the major Palestinian-Israeli clashes of three decades; it is one of love and loss, of childhood, marriage, and parenthood, and finally of the need to share her history with her daughter, to preserve the greatest love she has. Runners-up: The Other Hand by Chris Cleave How to Fall in Love with Anyone: A Memoir in Essays by Mandy Len Catron RSVP courtesy: If you can no longer attend a Meetup please update your RSVP to allow the host time to amend restaurant bookings and to allow those on the waitlist to attend. No-shows are unfair to restaurant staff and the event host and will result in removal from the group. Meetup fees: To help cover Meetup fees and contribute to the EOY party gifts, please donate $2 at each of our monthly bookclubs (but not at other ticketed events).

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We're a book club that meets once a month to discuss, dissect and argue about our chosen monthly book.

We read anything - classics, contemporary fiction, prize winners, prize losers, best sellers and even the occasional non-fiction book. If a book gets a good recommendation, we'll give it a shot.

We also have a "what I'm reading" segment on the night - a great way to consolidate the bedside table stash of books.

So, if you're passionate about literature, come join us!

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We meet in the city centre on a Wednesday evening at a pub or restaurant. Members can choose to share a meal and/or a drink, or simply enjoy the conversation. Books are selected two months in advance by a vote during the meeting.

To help cover Meetup fees and contribute to the EOY second-hand santa gifts, members donate $2 at each of our monthly bookclubs (but not at other ticketed events).

If you RSVP yes to one of our meetups but can no longer make it, please update your RSVP. This allows the organiser time to amend the restaurant booking, and someone on the waitlist to take your spot. It's absolutely fine to change your RSVP but anyone who 'no-shows' will be removed from the group. No-shows are unfair to restaurant staff, wait list members, and the event organiser.

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