Book Discussion Group
A Celebration of Reading!
Read each selection & join staffer Michele Reinhart for a spirited discussion!
Last Wednesday of each month at 7 pm in the Conference Room.
- February 26: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Although it still shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, the Dominican Republic threw off Haitian occupation and declared its independence on February 27, 1844. This month, we will mark 170 years of Dominican independence by reading and discussing Dominican-American author Junot Díaz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Fat, nerdy, and fatherless, young Oscar is not well equipped for navigating the gritty realities of ghetto life in Patterson, New Jersey. But, Oscar has dreams – science fiction/fantasy-fueled dreams: someday he will be heralded as the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and one day he will fall in love – deeply, happily in requited love.
Because no one is the lone character in their own life story, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is told from multiple points of view: Oscar’s, his sister Lola’s, their mother Belicia’s, and their friend Yunior’s. Oscar’s story is also their story.
The family’s Caribbean roots are ever-present as characters regularly transition from New Jersey to the Dominican Republic and back again, grasping for the American Dream, clinging to their Old World values, dodging “el fukú”, the malevolent force that runs through Oscar’s family tree and has its origins in Christopher Columbus’s first step on Hispaniola soil.
Please check our catalog for available copies of the book and join us for our discussion on February 26.
- March 26: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
- April 30: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- May 28: How to Create the Perfect Wife by Wendy Moore
Questions? Call Reference at 614-481-3776.