The FOPSL BOOK CLUB
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.
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Scheduled Book Discussions
June 17, 2022
The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay
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.
September 16, 2022
As I Lay Dying by William Faulner
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.
October 21, 2022
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
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
September 17, 2021
October 15, 2021
November 19, 2021
December 17, 2021
January 21, 2022
February 18, 2022
March 18, 2022
April 15, 2022
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (2021)
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