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Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 11:00 am at
Walteria Library, 3815 W. 242 St., 310-375-8418


Book Selections for December, 2017 – May, 2018

West of Eden; an American Place, by Jean Stein December 13, 2017
This epic oral history illuminates the bold aspirations of five larger than life individuals and their families; Edward Doheny, Jack Warner, Jane Garland, Jennifer Jones, and Jules Stein. In each chapter, Stein paints a portrait of an outsider who pins his or her hopes on the power and promise of Los Angeles.

Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin January 10, 2018
In 1950s Ireland, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and her home for the first time. There she will be confronted by a terrible dilemma - a devastating choice between duty and one great love.

China Dolls, by Lisa See February 14, 2018
In 1938 San Francisco, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. The girls become fast friends, relying on one another through unexpected challenges and shifting fortunes.

Philomena, by Martin Sixmith March 14, 2018
Forced to give up her son for adoption in 1952 Ireland, Philomena Lee searches for her son fifty years later. Coincidentally, on the other side of the Atlantic, her son, Michael Hess, was also trying to find her. The story pulls back the curtain on the role of the Catholic Church in forced adoptions, and on the love between a mother and son that endured a lifelong separation.

Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George April 11, 2018
A Parisian bookseller cures the problems of his patrons through books, yet suffers from a sadness of his own. One summer, he embarks on a journey to Provence and his path to personal healing.

The Truth According to Us, by Annie Barrows May 9, 2018
In the summer of 1938, writer Layla Beck covers the history of Macedonia, West Virginia and one of its most prominent families, the Romeyn dynasty. As time goes by, she becomes more and more drawn into the mysterious and complex history of this family, the town and of its secrets.

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