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Freedom Readers Book Club February Meeting

Please join us on Monday, February 25th at 5:30 PM for the Freedom Readers Book Club meeting. The February selection is LaRose by Louise Erdrich. 


North Dakota, late summer, 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence--but when the buck springs away, Landreaux understands he's hit something else. When he staggers closer, he sees he has killed his neighbor's five-year-old son, Dusty Ravich.

The youngest child of his best friend, Pete Ravich, Dusty was best friends with Landreaux's five-year-old son, LaRose. Horrified at what he's done, the recovered alcoholic turns to tradition--the sweat lodge--for guidance, and finds a way forward. Following an ancient means of retribution, he and Emmaline will give LaRose to the grieving Peter and Nola.

LaRose is quickly absorbed into his new family. Plagued by thoughts of suicide, Nola dotes on him, keeping her darkness at bay. Gradually he is allowed shared visits with his birth family, whose sorrow mirrors the Raviches' own. As the years pass, LaRose becomes the linchpin linking the Irons and the Raviches, and eventually their mutual pain begins to heal.

But when a vengeful man with a long-standing grudge against Landreaux begins raising trouble, he threatens the tenuous peace that has kept these two fragile families whole.

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 for more information.


Monday, March 25th: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah 

Monday, April 22nd:  The Radium Girls: The Dark History of America’s Shining Women – Kate Moore

May 20th – There, There – Tommy Orange

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

Earlier Event: January 30
January Branches Book Club
Later Event: February 27
Branches Book Club February Meeting