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The Friends' BOOK CLUB


WHO: David Kelly, Co-ordinator
email to    DavidJaxKelly@gmail.com

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 on May 15 and June 19 at 2:00 pm. To participate, please contact David Kelly by email DavidJaxKelly@gmail.com to get the Zoom meeting ID and password. People who send David an email will be added to the Friends' Book Club email newsletter list.

WHEN:  The Friends 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 2019-2020 SEASON

May 15, 2020

Educated: A Memoir  by Tara Westhover (2018)

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her 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. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.


June 19, 2020

The Library Book  by Susan Orlean (2018)

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual fire alarm. As one fireman recounted, “Once that first stack got going, it was ‘Goodbye, Charlie.’” The fire was disastrous: it reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?

This Season We've Read

September 20, 2019
Desert Queen by Janet Wallach (1996)
For a summary of the discussion, click here.

October 20, 2019
The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd (2017) 
For a summary of the discussion, click here.

November 15, 2019
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (2012)
For a summary of the discussion, click here.

December 20, 2019
Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Forger
by Ken Perenyi (2012)
For a summary of the discussion, click here.

January 17, 2020
It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis (1935)
For a summary of the discussion, click here.

February 14, 2020
The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats
by Daniel Stone (2018)
For a summary of the discussion, click here.

March 20, 2020
The Elephant's Journey by Jose Saramago (2010)

April 17, 2020
Becoming by Michelle Obama (2018)
For a summary of the discussion, click here.

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