Join us as we discuss great lives and times as presented in biographies and memoirs.
All discussions are free and there is no registration required
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month @ 10:30 am Katy Geissert Civic Center Library Community Meeting Room.
Torrance Public Library
Biography & Memoirs Book Club Wants Your Vote!
We will be selecting six books in our next reading list. Please mark the bubble of the six books (and only the six) you would like the group to read. Feel free suggest other biographies to add to future selection lists. Please turn in this ballot, e-mail your choices (email@example.com) or vote electronically by March 2020.
by Eugene Burns
February 13th, 2020
A colorful biography of a colorful man who lived in an equally vivid time and place. David Kalakaua, the last king of Hawaii, ruled in the latter half of the 19th century until his death in 1896, and was survived in monarchy only by the short reign of his sister Liliuokalani who was ousted from her throne before Hawaii became a United States territory in 1900. Eugene Burns' lively style does justice to his hero and to the significance of the period so important in the growth of the Pacific and the study of western impact on native culture.
by James Gardner
March 12th, 2020
In Buenos Aires, Art and culture critic James Gardner offers a colorful biography of the "Paris of the South," from its origins and time as a colonial city, through its Golden age, the rise of Peron, and the Falklands War, to the present day. With entertaining asides about art, architecture, literature, food and dance, as well as local customs and colorful personalities, this is a rich and unique historical narrative of Buenos Aires.
by Cristen Hemingway Jaynes
April 9th, 2020
Ernest Hemingway, the Nobel Prize-winning author, was known as much for his prose as for his travels to exotic locales, his gusto and charm created excitement wherever he went. In Ernest's Way, we follow Cristen around the globe to the places he lived, wrote, fought, drank, fished, ran with the bulls and held court with T.S. Elliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein and many other influential writers, artists and intellectuals of the 20th century.