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Our book for January 17, 2018 is "The Leavers" by Lisa Ko
One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind. Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging. It’s the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away--and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past. This powerful debut is the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice.

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Think book clubs are for Oprah or old ladies who knit and stockpile hard candies, not for moderm women like you and your friends? Not so fast! This is a book club for die-hard bookworms; women who love to relax, sit back and enjoy the company of a good book.

Who should join? Women ages 20-?, married or single, parenting or childless. The only requirement is an avid interest in books and a desire to meet like-minded women in a laid back environment.

We have two book discussion meetings per month: one in the South (Coconut Grove/Coral Gables) the 3rd Wednesday at 7:00p.m. and one in the North (Mimo Historic District/Upper East Side) the first Saturday at 1:00p.m. We also meet of every few weeks for a casual get-together. Book choices are almost always fiction, classics, every once in a while non-fiction and all choices are determined by voting of club members four times a year..

Please email us with any questions. We look forward to meeting you all soon!

If you're curious about what we've been reading, here's a link to our 2007-2011 book selections:

Here is the list of the books read so far in 2013:

January - Little Bee by Chris Cleave (NORTH)
February - Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner (SOUTH) / The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skoot (NORTH)
March - Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo (SOUTH) / A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah (NORTH)
April - The Light between Oceans by Mil Stedman (SOUTH) / The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (NORTH)
May - The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (SOUTH) / Makeda by Randall Robinson (NORTH)
June - The 13th Tale by Dianne Setterfield (SOUTH) / Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen (NORTH)
July - Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (SOUTH) / Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende (NORTH)
August - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (SOUTH) / Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple (NORTH)
September - Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (SOUTH) / We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (NORTH)
October – The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (SOUTH) / The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern (NORTH)

books read in 2012:

January - Room by Emma Donoghue
February - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
March - The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani
April - The Last Nude by Ellis Avery
May - Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (SOUTH) / The Birth House by Ami McKay (NORTH)
June - Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (SOUTH) / The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney (NORTH)
July - The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi by Elif Shafak (SOUTH) / When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams (NORTH)
August - The House Gun by Nadine Gordimer (SOUTH) / The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (NORTH)
September - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (SOUTH) / Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (NORTH)
October – The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (SOUTH) / The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman (NORTH)
November - The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson (SOUTH) / The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (NORTH)
December - Give me the World by Leila Hadley (SOUTH) / Life of Pi by Yann Martel (NORTH)

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