In partnership with The Neverending Bookshop, we are pleased to share with you our book club, In Someone Else’s Shoes! Through a variety of literary styles, we will read a book each month which is written by an author from a culture and point of view that are underrepresented in our literary landscape in the US. These points of view will be explored in a variety of genres and writing styles. The books will be nominated at each meeting by the members present.

The book club meets at The Neverending Bookshop on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 2 PM. You can find the current book description in the calendar here and on our Facebook group. Everyone is welcome, however the subject matter of some of the books is more appropriate for older teens and adults.

Our current selection for the meeting on June 17th is Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.

““Beginning in 1910 during the time of Japanese colonialization and ending many decades later in 1989, Pachinko is the epic saga of a Korean family told over four generations. The family’s story starts with Hoonie, a young Korean man born with physical deformities, but whose destiny comes from his inner strength and kindness. Hoonie’s daughter, rather than bring shame on her family, leaves their homeland for Japan, where her children and grandchildren will be born and raised; yet prejudice against their Korean heritage will prevent them from ever feeling at home. In Pachinko, Min Jin Lee says much about success and suffering, prejudice and tradition, but the novel never bogs down and only becomes richer, like a sauce left simmering hour after hour. Lee’s exceptional story of one family is the story of many of the world’s people. They ask only for the chance to belong somewhere—and to be judged by their hearts and actions rather than by ideas of blood traits and bad seeds”

Here are some of the books we have read and discussed in previous months:

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria/USA/UK)
  • In the Country by Mia Alvar (The Philippines)
  • The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (Chile)
  • Celia’s Song by Lee Maracle (Canada – First Nations)
  • Waiting by Ha Jin (China)
  • Deathless by Catherynne M Valente (Russia)
  • Eucalyptus by Murray Bail (Australia)
  • City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson (Kenya)
  • The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak (Turkey)
  • Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn (Japan)
  • The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles (Brazil)
  • The Devourers by Indra Das (India)
  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez (USA)
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Nigeria)
  • No Knives in the Kitchens of This City by Khaled Khalifa (Syria)
  • A Bitter Inheritance by Alka Kurian (UK/India)
  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang (Vietnam)
  • The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed (Somalia)
  • The Country Under My Skin by Giaconda Belli (Nicaragua)
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (India)

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