The Wandering Book Club
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Bistro on Main
1313 W. Main St., Kent
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Tuesday, February 11: The Girl With Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story
by Hyeonseo Lee
As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom and, as the famine of the 1990s struck, she began to wonder, question and to realisz that she had been brainwashed her entire life. Given the repression, poverty and starvation she witnessed surely her country could not be, as she had been told “the best on the planet”?
Aged seventeen, she decided to escape North Korea. She could not have imagined that it would be twelve years before she was reunited with her family.
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Tuesday, March 3: The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Tuesday, April 14: The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
Mahoning Valley Book Club
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Stonebridge Grill & Tavern
1497 Boardman-Canfield Rd.
Next to Handel's on Rt. 224 on the Canfield/Boardman border
Restaurant phone: (330) 629-8040
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Monday, February 11: Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee
For seventh-grader Mila, it starts with some boys giving her an unwanted hug on the school blacktop. A few days later, at recess, one of the boys (and fellow trumpet player) Callum tells Mila it’s his birthday, and asks her for a “birthday hug.” He’s just being friendly, isn’t he? And how can she say no? But Callum’s hug lasts a few seconds too long, and feels…weird. According to her friend, Zara, Mila is being immature and overreacting. Doesn’t she know what flirting looks like?
But the boys don’t leave Mila alone. On the bus. In the halls. During band practice—the one place Mila could always escape.
It doesn’t feel like flirting—so what is it? Thanks to a chance meeting, Mila begins to find solace in a new place: karate class. Slowly, with the help of a fellow classmate, Mila learns how to stand her ground and how to respect others—and herself.
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Monday, March 23: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
Monday, April 20: Sisters in Law by Linda Hirshman