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The FOPSL BOOK CLUB


WHO:
Scott Biegen
Interim Coordinator
Scott.Biegen@palmspringsca.gov

WHAT: Members of the club read the selected book  for the month, then join in lively discussions.

WHERE: Zoom online. The book club will continue to meet at 2:00 pm. To participate, please contact Scott Biegen Scott.Biegen@palmspringsca.gov to get the Zoom meeting ID and password. People who send Scott an email will be added to the FOPSL Book Club email newsletter list.

WHEN:  The FOPSL Book Club meets at 2:00 p.m. (September-June) on the third Friday of each month and is open to everyone.

HOW: All Book Club selections can be found on our Library's shelves (courtesy of the Friends) and are also available as downloadable E-books through the Library's Overdrive program.

For more information:
City of Palm Springs: Book Club FOPSL

Scheduled Book Discussions
for the 2021-2022 SEASON

May 20, 2022

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
(2021, 464 pp).
Presented by Mary Marks

From the number-one bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes a powerful American epic about love and heroism and hope, set during the Great Depression, a time when the country was in crisis and at war with itself, when millions were out of work and even the land seemed to have turned against them.

My land tells its story if you listen. The story of our family.”

Texas, 1921. A time of abundance. The Great War is over, the bounty of the land is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman’s only option, the future seems bleak. Until the night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life. With her reputation in ruin, there is only one respectable choice: marriage to a man she barely knows.

By 1934, the world has changed; millions are out of work and drought has devastated the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as crops fail and water dries up and the earth cracks open. Dust storms roll relentlessly across the plains. Everything on the Martinelli farm is dying, including Elsa’s tenuous marriage; each day is a desperate battle against nature and a fight to keep her children alive.

In this uncertain and perilous time, Elsa―like so many of her neighbors―must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or leave it behind and go west, to California, in search of a better life for her family.

The Four Winds is a rich, sweeping novel that stunningly brings to life the Great Depression and the people who lived through it―the harsh realities that divided us as a nation and the enduring battle between the haves and the have-nots. A testament to hope, resilience, and the strength of the human spirit to survive adversity, The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.


June 17, 2022

The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay
(2019, 531 pp).
Presented by TBD

Gorgeously tactile and sweeping in historical and socio-political scope, Pushcart Prize-winner Madhuri Vijay’s The Far Field follows a complicated flaneuse across the Indian subcontinent as she reckons with her past, her desires, and the tumultuous present.

In the wake of her mother’s death, Shalini, a privileged and restless young woman from Bangalore, sets out for a remote Himalayan village in the troubled northern region of Kashmir. Certain that the loss of her mother is somehow connected to the decade-old disappearance of Bashir Ahmed, a charming Kashmiri salesman who frequented her childhood home, she is determined to confront him. But upon her arrival, Shalini is brought face to face with Kashmir’s politics, as well as the tangled history of the local family that takes her in. And when life in the village turns volatile and old hatreds threaten to erupt into violence, Shalini finds herself forced to make a series of choices that could hold dangerous repercussions for the very people she has come to love.

With rare acumen and evocative prose, in The Far Field Madhuri Vijay masterfully examines Indian politics, class prejudice, and sexuality through the lens of an outsider, offering a profound meditation on grief, guilt, and the limits of compassion. 

This Season We've Read
2021-2022 SEASON

September 17, 2021
My Dark Vanessa 
by Miriam Kate Elizabeth Russell
(2020) For a summary of the discussion, click here
.

October 15, 2021
Nomadland by Jessica Bruder
(2017) For a summary of the discussion, click here
.

November 19, 2021
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
(2019) For a summary of the discussion, click here
.

December 17, 2021
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
(2019) No summary.

January 21, 2022 Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
(2020) For a summary of the discussion, click here.

February 18, 2022 Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
(2020) For a summary of the discussion, click here.

March 18, 2022 The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai
(2020) For a summary of the discussion, click here.

April 15, 2022 Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
(2020) For a summary of the discussion, click here.















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