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Freedom Readers Book Club May Meeting

Please join us on Monday, May 20th at 5:30 PM for the Freedom Readers Book Club meeting. The February selection is There, There by Tommy Orange. 

Orange's visceral first novel, set in past and present-day Oakland, weaves more than ten plot lines involving the lives of Native Americans. All intersect in a crescendo of violence at the Oakland Powwow. Tony Loneman starts off the narrative with an honest discussion of his fetal alcohol syndrome, which he calls "the Drome." He also features in the conclusion piloting a drone. Video artist Dene Oxendene records stories while Orvil Red Feather is a dancer. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield and her sister Jacquie Red Feather are most central to the novel. Jacquie and Opal were part of the historic occupation of Alcatraz--where Jacquie became pregnant--eventually giving up her daughter for a blind adoption. A chronicle of domestic violence, alcoholism, addiction, and pain, the book reveals the perseverance and spirit of the characters; from Jacquie as a substance abuse counselor ten days sober to the plight of Blue, the daughter she gave up, escaping from an abusive relationship.

This book club is open to the public and will concentrate on fiction and non-fiction titles based around political or current cultural themes. We invite healthy debate and discussion! Topics & opinions discussed do not necessarily reflect Branches Books & Gifts employees viewpoints. Please call (559) 641-2019 or email anne@branchesbooks.com for more information.

UPCOMING BOOK  CLUB SELECTIONS:

June 24th –  The House of Broken Angels – Luis Alberto Urrea 

July 22nd - Crazy Brave – Joy Harjo

August 26th - The Sun Does Shine – Anthony Ray Hinton 

September 23rd – Unbowed – Wangari Maatha

October 28th –  Unsheltered – Barbara Kingsolver 

November 25th - Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari