Book Club: October update, a letter from Rachel

Dear Readers,

We had a wonderful first book club. If you weren't there and wanted to, don't worry, we are meeting at Sphere every second Monday of the month. Please join us for refreshing conversation and refreshments as we talk about the words and stories that shape us and how we see the world. Unlike other book clubs you may have been in, you don't need to clean your house beforehand, there's no homework and no guilt, and yes, we actually talk about the book. Even if you haven't had a chance to read the whole book, you'll get something out of the conversation and get to be with others who love talking stories, ideas, and language.

Each month, we'll read a different book and we'll have a couple of people, as inspired, read a paragraph from the book and ask a question for discussion.

What book, you may ask? Such good ones. See below! And see you at Sphere (212 Broadway, 3rd Floor Oakland) at 5:30pm on Monday, October 14th and Monday, November 11th.

For Monday, October 14th: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

We introduced Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon at the first book club and now get to dive in. There are a few copies at Sphere if you want to borrow and the audio book, read by the great Toni Morrison herself, is absolutely amazing. Here is an interesting article from the LA Times about why this book is the great American novel, if you'd like a little context and opinion before we meet.

For Monday, November 11th: The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui Thi Bui is a local Oakland artist, writer, and best-selling novelist. Her first book is an original and deeply-moving portrait of what it means to be an immigrant, a parent, and an artist in these times. There are many articles about her, but here's one that covers some of it. We are lucky to have Thi in Oakland and this will be the kick-off in our recommended local reading series. You won't want to miss this one and it's a fast read but that doesn't mean you'll want to sleep on it--start reading now and you won't put it down.

Yours in love and language,
Sphere Book Club Facilitator

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