Hot Off the Press Spring 2017
In this lively monthly book discussion class led by Lynn Rosen, participants read and discuss new literary fiction. Class conversations include a thorough and thoughtful analysis of the book as well as background information provided by Lynn about the author and the book’s path to publication. We talk serious book talk, but have a lot of laughs too!
Class meets on Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11am
Dates: March 3, March 31, April 28, May 26, June 23
Location: Elkins Park, PA 19027
To sign up click HERE.
NOTE: The Tuesday evening session of the class is currently full. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for this class, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Dates for this session are: February 28, March 28, April 25, May 23, June 20.
NEW: We will soon be announcing a virtual edition of the class. If you are not able to attend in person and would like to inquire about participating online, please email email@example.com.
Here are the book selections!
(NOTE: Class members also receive discounts if they purchase their class books from the Open Book Bookstore. Books are not included in the cost of the class.)
FEBRUARY 28/MARCH 3
Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
A stunning debut novel about love and forgiveness, about the violence of memory and the equal violence of its loss—from O. Henry Prize–winning author Emily Ruskovich.
Ann and Wade have carved out a life for themselves from a rugged landscape in northern Idaho, where they are bound together by more than love. With her husband’s memory fading, Ann attempts to piece together the truth of what happened to Wade’s first wife, Jenny, and to their daughters. “…a lyrical meditation on memory, loss, and grief in the American West.”
MARCH 28 & 31
Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
At the onset of Buchanan’s debut, a son shows up at the doorstep of his mother, Yuki, in Berlin after a 30-year separation. Jay’s there to settle Yuki’s inheritance—a house in Connecticut—after his father is killed in a car accident. The story of what prompted Yuki to abandon her family, as well as the details of Jay’s life as a New York gallery owner and recent father, unspool in sections stretching from 1968 to the present. “The journey is sometimes tender, often agonizing—and everything in between.”
APRIL 25 & 28
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti
A mesmerizing father-daughter epic that explores what it means to be a hero.
Samuel Hawley isn’t like the other fathers in Olympus, Massachusetts. A loner who spent years living on the run, he raised his daughter, Loo, on the road, moving from motel to motel, always watching his back. Now that Loo’s a teenager, Hawley wants only to give her a normal life. In his late wife’s hometown, he finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at the local high school. “Seamlessly transposing classical myth into a quintessentially American landscape and marrying taut suspense with dreamy lyricism…”
MAY 23 & 26
The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton
Mary Frances “Frankie” Lombard is fiercely in love with her family’s sprawling apple orchard and the tangled web of family members who inhabit it. Content to spend her days planning capers with her brother William, competing with her brainy cousin Amanda, and expertly tending the orchard with her father, Frankie desires nothing more than for the rhythm of life to continue undisturbed. But she cannot help being haunted by the historical fact that some family members end up staying on the farm and others must leave. “Richly characterized, beautifully written, and heartbreakingly poignant…”
JUNE 20 & 23
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
One morning, Deming Guo’s mother Polly goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. Left with no one to care for him, eleven-year-old Deming is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.
To sign up click HERE.