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Scott Biegen
Interim Coordinator

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 2021-2023 SEASON

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.

September 16, 2022

As I Lay Dying by William Faulner
(1991, 267 pp).
Presented by Don Elder

A true 20th-century classic: Faulkner’s famed harrowing account of the Bundren family’s odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother.

As I Lay Dying is one of the most influential novels in American fiction in structure, style, and drama. Narrated in turn by each of the family members, including Addie herself as well as others, the novel ranges in mood from dark comedy to the deepest pathos.

“I set out deliberately to write a tour-de-force. Before I ever put pen to paper and set down the first word I knew what the last word would be and almost where the last period would fall.” —William Faulkner on As I Lay Dying

October 21, 2022

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
(Vintage Reprint 2020, 384 pp).
Presented by Ann Kepcke

NEW YORK TIMES 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR • “An epic road trip [that also] captures the unruly intimacies of marriage and parenthood ... This is a novel that daylights our common humanity, and challenges us to reconcile our differences.” —The Washington Post

In Valeria Luiselli’s fiercely imaginative follow-up to the American Book Award-winning Tell Me How It Ends, an artist couple set out with their two children on a road trip from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. As the family travels west, the bonds between them begin to fray: a fracture is growing between the parents, one the children can almost feel beneath their feet.

Through ephemera such as songs, maps and a Polaroid camera, the children try to make sense of both their family’s crisis and the larger one engulfing the news: the stories of thousands of kids trying to cross the southwestern border into the United States but getting detained—or lost in the desert along the way.

A breath-taking feat of literary virtuosity, Lost Children Archive is timely, compassionate, subtly hilarious, and formally inventive—a powerful, urgent story about what it is to be human in an inhuman world.

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
For a summary of the discussion, click here

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

May 20, 2022
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (2021)
For a summary of the discussion, click here.

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