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    • Thursday, April 20, 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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    Memory of Departure...by Abdulrazak Gurnah

      Hassan Omar is a gifted young man, with a potentially bright future but a past marred by poverty. In the wake of a national uprising, and with a new government in place, though, he is denied a scholarship to a university abroad and deprived of the opportunity to study further. Instead, Hassan travels to Nairobi to stay with a wealthy uncle, in the hope that he will release his mother's rightful share of the family inheritance.

    In Nairobi, Hassan experiences the collision of past secrets and future hopes, and the compounding of fear and frustration, beauty and brutality. In his debut novel, Nobel Prize winning author Abdurlazak Gurnah creates a fierce tale of undeniable power.
    • Thursday, May 18, 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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    The Other Wes Moore...by Wes Moore

      In December 2000, the Baltimore Sun ran a small piece about Wes Moore, a local student who had just received a Rhodes Scholarship. The same paper also ran a series of articles about four young men who had allegedly killed a police officer in a spectacularly botched armed robbery. The police were still hunting for two of the suspects who had gone on the lam, a pair of brothers. One was named Wes Moore.

    Wes just couldn’t shake off the unsettling coincidence, or the inkling that the two shared much more than space in the same newspaper. After following the story of the robbery, the manhunt, and the trial to its conclusion, he wrote a letter to the other Wes, now a convicted murderer serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. His letter tentatively asked the questions that had been haunting him:
    Who are you? How did this happen?

    That letter led to a correspondence and relationship that have lasted for several years. Over dozens of letters and prison visits, Wes discovered that the other Wes had had a life not unlike his own: Both had had difficult childhoods, both were fatherless; they’d hung out on similar corners with similar crews, and both had run into trouble with the police. At each stage of their young lives they had come across similar moments of decision, yet their choices would lead them to astonishingly different destinies.

    Told in alternating dramatic narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption,
    The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.
    • Thursday, June 15, 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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    Remains of the Day...by Kazuo Ishigura

      This is Kazuo Ishiguro's profoundly compelling portrait of a butler named Stevens. Stevens, at the end of three decades of service at Darlington Hall, spending a day on a country drive, embarks as well on a journey through the past in an effort to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving the "great gentleman," Lord Darlington. But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness," and much graver doubts about the nature of his own life.

Past events

Thursday, March 16, 2023 JHC Book Club
Thursday, February 16, 2023 JHC Book Club
Thursday, January 19, 2023 JHC Book Club
Thursday, December 15, 2022 JHC Book Club
Thursday, November 17, 2022 JHC Book Club
Thursday, October 20, 2022 JHC Book Club
Thursday, September 15, 2022 JHC Book Club
Thursday, August 18, 2022 JHC Book Club
Thursday, July 21, 2022 JHC Book Club
Thursday, June 16, 2022 Club's Book Circle
Thursday, May 19, 2022 Club's Book Circle
Thursday, April 21, 2022 Club's Book Circle
Thursday, March 17, 2022 Club's Book Circle

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