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Wednesday Readers

Meeting information for the Wednesday Readers Book Group.

Our next meeting will be on
Monday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m.
in the Community Room
WITH THE AUTHOR!

Mango Rash Nan Sanders Pokerwinski

Copies of Mango Rash by Nan Sanders Pokerwinski should be purchased at the author's reading launch on October 25th at the Artsplace in Fremont prior to the meeting date. This month readers will get to discuss the book with the author! There will be no meeting in October. For more information about this group, contact Jill Hansen-Aune at the Reference Desk, 231-928-0256.

From the back cover:

Moving to a South Pacific island from small town Oklahoma, sixteen year old Nancy Sanders trades cruising Main Street in search of tater tots for strolling sandy shores with islanders who feast on sea worms and summon sharks with song.

With a dash of teenage sass, MANGO RASH chronicles Nancy's search for adventure―and identity―in two alien realms: the tricky terrain of adolescence and the remote U.S. territory of American Samoa. Against a backdrop of lava-rimmed beaches, frangipani-laced air, and sensual music, Nancy immerses herself in 1960s island culture with a colorful cast of Samoan and American expat kids.

But life is not one big beach party, Nancy soon finds, when she clashes with her parents over forbidden boys and discovers double standards in the expat community. Samoa, too, is experiencing growing pains as ancient customs collide with 20th-century ways. In the midst of all this, a hurricane shatters the peaceful paradise, delivering lessons in attachment and loss, strength and survival.

Like Nancy, readers of this unforgettable memoir will fall in love with Samoa's biscuit-tin drum serenades, its mountains like mounds of cut velvet cushions, and its open-hearted people, who face adversity with grace. And just as Nancy does when her own health crisis thrusts her into a very different kind of unfamiliar territory, readers will draw strength from fa'a Samoa: the Samoan Way.

In language as lush as the island landscape, MANGO RASH enchants, entertains, and, ultimately, inspires with its message about embracing and learning from other cultures.

Past Book Group Selections
September 2019 - The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
August 2019 - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
July 2019 - The Martian by Andy Weir
June 2019 - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
May 2019 - Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
April 2019 - Poetry by Gwen Frostic
March 2019 - Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
February 2019 - The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
December 2018 - Truce by Jim Murphy
November 2018 - The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson and A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith
September 2018 - Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories
August 2018 - The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell
July 2018 - The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
June 2018 - Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg
May 2018 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
April 2018 - The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
March 2018 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
February 2018 - X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz
January 2018 - The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
December 2017 - Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
November 2017 - 11/22/63 by Stephen King
September 2017 - The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
August 2017 - Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
July 2017 - Wonder by R.J. Palacio
June 2017 - The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
May 2017 - All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani
April 2017 - Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
March 2017 - Betrayal by John Lescroart
February 2017 - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
December 2016 - A Christmas Escape by Anne Perry
November 2016 - A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
October 2016 - Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
September 2016 - A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton
August 2016 - The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
July 2016 - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
June 2016 - A Fine Summer's Day by Charles Todd
May 2016 - The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
April 2016 - Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
March 2016 - The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
February 2016 - The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
January 2016 - A Study in Scarlet; The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle