• Discuss "The History of Love" by Nicole Krauss

    West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room

    The book for June is "The History of Love" by Nicole Krauss. If you haven’t read the book, you’re welcome to attend and get a copy of the following month’s selection. Co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood’s Women’s Advisory Board. There’s free parking with validation in the five-story parking structure. Summary provided by the publisher: Sixty years after a book's publication, its author remembers his lost love and missing son, while a teenage girl named for one of the book's characters seeks her namesake, as well as a cure for her widowed mother's loneliness.

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  • Discuss "Educated: A Memoir" by Tara Westover

    West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room

    The book for May is "Educated: A Memoir" by Tara Westover. If you haven’t read the book, you’re welcome to attend and get a copy of the following month’s selection. Co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood’s Women’s Advisory Board. There’s free parking with validation in the five-story parking structure. Summary provided by the publisher: Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

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  • Discuss "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones

    West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room

    The book for April is "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones. Even if you haven’t read the book, you’re welcome to attend and get a copy of the following month’s selection. Co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood’s Women’s Advisory Board. There’s free parking with validation in the five-story parking structure. Summary provided by the publisher: Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. An insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control.

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  • Discuss "Young Jane Young" by Gabrielle Zevin

    West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room

    The book for March is "Young Jane Young" by Gabrielle Zevin. If you haven’t read the book, you’re welcome to attend and get a copy of the following month’s selection. Co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood’s Women’s Advisory Board. There’s free parking with validation in the five-story parking structure. Summary provided by the publisher: Young Jane Young's heroine is Aviva Grossman, an ambitious Congressional intern in Florida who makes the life-changing mistake of having an affair with her boss who is beloved, admired, successful, and very married and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the Congressman doesn't take the fall, but Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins. She becomes a late night talk show punchline; she is slut shamed, labeled as fat and ugly, and considered a blight on politics in general. How does one go on after this? In Aviva's case, she sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. She tries to start over as a wedding planner, to be smarter about her life, and to raise her daughter to be strong and confident. But when, at the urging of others, she decides to run for public office herself, that long ago mistake trails her via the Internet like a scarlet A. For in our age, Google guarantees that the past is never, ever, truly past, that everything you've done will live on for everyone to know about for all eternity.

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  • Author visit for "The Sworn Virgin" by Kristopher Dukes

    West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room

    Two items of business: Vote for future book selections and join us in February for a special meet-up! (1) Please vote by Sunday, January 13. See the choices at http://bit.ly/wabchoices2019 and vote at http://bit.ly/wab2019 . We'll also have paper copies of the ballot at the January 8 meet-up in case it's more convenient for you. (2) On February 5, author Kristopher Dukes will join us for a discussion of her historical novel, The Sworn Virgin! This event is co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood’s Women’s Advisory Board. There’s free parking with validation in the five-story parking structure. Book Summary: When Eleanora's father is shot dead on the cobblestone streets of 1910 Albania, she must abandon her dreams and struggle to survive in a remote mountain village with her stepmother Meria. Nearing starvation, Meria sells Eleanora into marriage with the cruel heir of a powerful clan. Intent on keeping her freedom, Eleanora takes an oath to remain a virgin for the rest of her life--a tradition that gives her the right to live as a man: she is now head of her household and can work for a living as well as carry a gun. When an injured stranger stumbles into her life, Eleanora nurses him back to health, saving his life--yet risking her own as she falls in love with him. Author Profile: Kristopher Dukes was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has been a nationally published writer since she was in high school. Her work has been featured in the bestselling book series Written in the Dirt and fashion bible WWD. She has been profiled in Vogue.fr, NY Times.com, Fast Company, Forbes.com, and WWD. The Sworn Virgin is her debut novel. She lives in Manhattan Beach, California, with her husband, Matt, and Doberman, Xena.

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  • Discuss "Wide Sargasso Sea" by Jean Rhys

    West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room

    January's book is "Wide Sargasso Sea" by Jean Rhys. If you haven’t read the book, you’re welcome to attend and get a copy of the following month’s selection. Co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood’s Women’s Advisory Board. There’s free parking with validation in the five-story parking structure. Summary provided by the publisher: "Wide Sargasso Sea", a masterpiece of modern fiction, was Jean Rhys's return to the literary center stage. She had a startling early career and was known for her extraordinary prose and haunting women characters. With "Wide Sargasso Sea", her last and best-selling novel, she ingeniously brings into light one of fiction's most fascinating characters: the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre". This mesmerizing work introduces us to Antoinette Cosway, a sensual and protected young woman who is sold into marriage to the prideful Mr. Rochester. Rhys portrays Cosway amidst a society so driven by hatred, so skewed in its sexual relations, that it can literally drive a woman out of her mind.

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  • Discuss "The Leavers" by Lisa Ko

    West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room

    December's book is "The Leavers" by Lisa Ko. If you haven’t read the book, you’re welcome to attend and get a copy of the following month’s selection. Co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood’s Women’s Advisory Board. There’s free parking with validation in the five-story parking structure. Summary provided by the publisher: One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. 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. Set in New York and China, "The Leavers" is 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.

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  • Discuss "The Mars Room" by Rachel Kushner

    West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room

    The book for November is "The Mars Room" by Rachel Kushner. Even if you haven't read the book, you're welcome to attend and get a copy of December's selection, "The Leavers" by Lisa Ko. Co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood's Women's Advisory Board. There's free parking with validation in the five-story parking structure. Summary (provided by the publisher): "From twice National Book Award-nominated Rachel Kushner, whose 'Flamethrowers' was called 'the best, most brazen, most interesting book of the year' (Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine), comes a spectacularly compelling, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America. It's 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility, deep in California's Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision. Stunning and unsentimental, 'The Mars Room' demonstrates new levels of mastery and depth in Kushner's work. It is audacious and tragic, propulsive and yet beautifully refined."

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  • Discuss "Marriage of a Thousand Lies" by SJ Sindu

    West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room

    The book for October is "Marriage of a Thousand Lies" by SJ Sindu. (Library catalog: https://bit.ly/2Nh7Rda). Even if you haven't read the book, you're welcome to attend and get a copy of November's selection, "The Mars Room" by Rachel Kushner. Co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood's Women's Advisory Board. There's free parking with validation in the five-story parking structure. Summary (provided by the publisher): Lakshmi, called Lucky, is an unemployed millennial programmer. She likes to dance, to have a drink or two, and she makes art on commission. Fifty bucks gets you high-resolution digital images of anything you want (orcs, mermaids, cos-playing couples in sexy boudoir scenes) and a nice frameable print. Lucky's husband, Krishna, is an editor for a greeting card company. Both are secretly gay. They present their conservative Sri Lankan-American families with a heterosexual front, while each dates on the side. When Lucky's grandmother has a nasty fall, Lucky returns to her mother's home to act as caretaker and unexpectedly reconnects with her childhood best friend and first lover, Nisha. Nisha has agreed to an arranged marriage with a man she doesn't know, but finds herself attracted to her old friend. The attraction is mutual and Lucky tries to save Nisha from entering a marriage based on a lie. But does Nisha really want to be saved? And what does Lucky want, anyway? It doesn't always get better. To live openly means that Lucky would lose most of the community she was born into--a community she loves, an irreplaceable home. As Lucky, an outsider no matter what choices she makes, is pushed to the breaking point, "Marriage of a Thousand Lies" offers a moving exploration of friendship, family, and love, shot through with humor and loss.

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  • Discuss "The Female Persuasion" by Meg Wolitzer

    West Hollywood Park Sky Room

    The book for September is "The Female Persuasion" by Meg Wolitzer. (Library catalog: https://bit.ly/2LezwqA). Note the temporary location change! Even if you haven't read the book, you're welcome to attend and get a copy of October's selection. Co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood's Women's Advisory Board. There's free parking with validation in the five-story parking structure. Summary (provided by the publisher): A college student finds her perspectives transformed by a mentor activist at the center of the women's movement who challenges her to discover herself in ways that take her far from the traditional life she envisioned.

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