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WestportREADS 2019: Discussion of "Exit West"

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Discuss the WestportREADS selection Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, an award-winning novel that follows two refugees who, against all odds, find life and love on the run.

Location: Barnes & Noble, 1076 Post Road East

To request a discussion leader for your group, contact Kathleen Malloy at kmalloy [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

From the New York Times, "New & Noteworthy" section, 11/6/18: “As a White House correspondent specializing in foreign policy, I’ve written dozens of stories about how the United States confronts — or more often, fails to confront — the horrors of civil war in Syria, Yemen, Libya and elsewhere. Mohsin Hamid’s slender novel EXIT WEST takes the geopolitics out of war completely — it doesn’t even name the country being ravaged — and views it purely through the lens of a young couple, Nadia and Saeed, who fall in love among the ruins. The language is spare and unsentimental; Hamid follows the young couple to bleak refugee camps in Mykonos, London and Marin County, Calif. (he names those places, sketching out a dystopian portrait of a world coping with a mass-migration future). Nadia and Saeed are brave, heartbreaking and utterly credible. But they make their journey around the world by passing through mysterious black doorways — an abrupt turn to magical realism that has left some readers puzzled. I think it captures how quickly, in an era of mass mobility and digital communications, the victims of distant wars can end up on the West’s doorstep.”—Mark Landler, White House Correspondent 

WestportREADS is an annual program dedicated to strengthening
the community through the shared experience of a book.

WestportREADS 2019 is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman. 

 


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PageTurners Book Discussion

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Discuss Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman. “Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!” —Reese Witherspoon

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For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. Information on more Library book groups.

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History Book Discussion: The Right Stuff

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As a tie-in to the anniversary of John Glenn's flight, join a discussion of The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe. From "America's nerviest journalist" (Newsweek)--a breath-taking epic, a magnificent adventure story, and an investigation into the true heroism and courage of the first Americans to conquer space. "Tom Wolfe at his very best" (The New York Times Book Review)

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821.

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History Book Discussion: Judgment Days

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Join a discussion of Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Laws That Changed America by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nick Kotz. This is the first thorough account of the complex working relationship between Lyndon Baines Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr. Tracing both leaders’ paths, from Johnson’s ascension to the presidency in 1963 to King’s assassination in 1968, Kotz describes how they formed a wary alliance that would become instrumental in producing some of the most substantial civil rights legislation in American history.

 

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821.

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Common Threads Community Read Book Discussion: "The Weight of Ink"

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As part of the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County’s Common Threads Community Read of Rachel Kadish’s The Weight of Ink, there will be two book discussions led by moderator Kelle Ruden. The novel won the 2017 National Jewish Book Award and tells the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect set in London in the 1660’s and the early 2000s, in a story that "transports readers to the days of Shakespeare, Spinoza and the Great Plague, revealing rich details of Jewish life in the 1600s."—Jewish Book World

Location: Suzuki Music School of Westport, 246 Post Rd East

Author Rachel Kadish will speak at an event on February 25 at The Conservative Synagogue in Westport. More information and link for advanced registration.The Westport Library is a community partner for this author talk.

The second book discussion with moderator Kelle Ruden will be Sunday, January 26 at 2 pm, at B’nai Israel, 2710 Park Avenue, Bridgeport.

Please reply to Stacy Kamisar, Program Director of The Federation for Jewish Philanthropy at skamisar [at] jewishphilanthropyct [dot] org to reserve a spot at either book discussion. 

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WestportREADS: Neighbors & Newcomers Discussion of "Exit West"

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Join Neighbors & Newcomers to discuss the WestportREADS selection Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, an award-winning novel that follows two refugees who, against all odds, find life and love on the run. Light refreshments served.

Partner: Neighbors & Newcomers of Westport

To request a discussion leader for your group, contact Kathleen Malloy at kmalloy [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

From the New York Times, "New & Noteworthy" section, 11/6/18: “As a White House correspondent specializing in foreign policy, I’ve written dozens of stories about how the United States confronts — or more often, fails to confront — the horrors of civil war in Syria, Yemen, Libya and elsewhere. Mohsin Hamid’s slender novel EXIT WEST takes the geopolitics out of war completely — it doesn’t even name the country being ravaged — and views it purely through the lens of a young couple, Nadia and Saeed, who fall in love among the ruins. The language is spare and unsentimental; Hamid follows the young couple to bleak refugee camps in Mykonos, London and Marin County, Calif. (he names those places, sketching out a dystopian portrait of a world coping with a mass-migration future). Nadia and Saeed are brave, heartbreaking and utterly credible. But they make their journey around the world by passing through mysterious black doorways — an abrupt turn to magical realism that has left some readers puzzled. I think it captures how quickly, in an era of mass mobility and digital communications, the victims of distant wars can end up on the West’s doorstep.”—Mark Landler, White House Correspondent 

WestportREADS is an annual program dedicated to strengthening
the community through the shared experience of a book.

WestportREADS 2019 is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman. 

 


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WestportREADS PageTurners Book Discussion

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Discuss Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, a companion book for WestportREADS. An immigrant working class couple from Cameroon and the upper class American family for whom they work find their lives and marriages shaped by financial circumstances, infidelities, secrets and the 2008 recession.

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For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. Information on more Library book groups.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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Discuss How to Make White People Laugh by Nagin Farsad. From the acclaimed writer, director, and star of the hit documentary The Muslims are Coming! comes a memoir in essays about growing up Iranian-American in a post-9/11 world and the power of comedy to combat racism.

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For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. Information on more Library book groups.

Writing bluntly and hilariously about the elements of race we are often too politically correct to discuss, Farsad takes a long hard look at the iconography that still shapes our concepts of "black," "white," and "Muslim" today-and what it means when white culture defines the culture. Farsad asks the important questions like, What does it mean to have a hyphenated identity? How can we actually combat racism, stereotyping, and exclusion? 

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PageTurners Book Discussion

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Discuss All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai. This acclaimed debut novel is a story of family and friendship, heartbreak and love, technology and society, science and entertainment, ambition and responsibility, time travel and alternate realities, and the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into through the unexpected, often messy paths of our lives.

PageTurners Book Club page

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. Information on more Library book groups.

It’s 2016, and in Tom Barren’s world, technology has solved all of humanity’s problems—there’s no war, no poverty, no under-ripe avocadoes. Unfortunately, Tom isn’t happy. He’s lost the girl of his dreams. And what do you do when you’re heartbroken and have a time machine? Something stupid.

Finding himself stranded in a terrible alternate reality—which we immediately recognize as our 2016—Tom is desperate to fix his mistake and go home. Right up until the moment he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and the woman who may just be the love of his life.

Now Tom faces an impossible choice. Go back to his perfect but loveless life. Or stay in our messy reality with a soulmate by his side. His search for the answer takes him across continents and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be.

 

 

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PageTurners Book Discussion

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Discuss Gone: A Girl, A Violin, a Life Unstrung by Min Kym. This is a memoir of a violin virtuoso who loses the instrument that had defined her both on stage and off — and who discovers, beyond the violin, the music of her own voice

PageTurners Book Club page

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. Information on more Library book groups.

 

 

At 7 years old Min Kym was a prodigy, the youngest ever pupil at the Purcell School of Music. At 11 she won her first international prize. She worked with many violins, waiting for the day she would play 'the one'. At 21 she found it: a rare 1696 Stradivarius, perfectly suited to her build and temperament. Her career soared. She recorded the Brahms concerto and a world tour was planned.

Then, in a train station café, her violin was stolen. In an instant her world collapsed. She descended into a terrifying limbo land, unable to play another note.

This is Min's extraordinary story - of a young woman staring into the void, wondering who she was, who she had been. It is a story of isolation and dependence, of love, loss and betrayal, and the intense, almost human bond that a musician has with their instrument. Above all it's a story of hope through a journey back to music.

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