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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • The Montevideo Public Library’s book club is off the proverbial chain

  • At 10:00 AM every first Wednesday of the month your local library holds a book club at the Community Center next to the Plaza 3 Theater. July’s choice was Moloka’i by Alan Brennert.
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  • At 10:00 AM every first Wednesday of the month your local library holds a book club at the Community Center next to the Plaza 3 Theater. July’s choice was Moloka’i by Alan Brennert.
    A fictional novel placed in the titular Hawaiian island during the turn of the 20th century, Brennert has adroitly depicted its sunny Pacific beaches amidst a bleak outbreak of leprosy. Replete with challenging notions of identity, Moloka’i is filled with pernicious portrayals of Hawaiian lepers, and their families, dealing with societal perceptions of the disease alongside their own. Delivered by Brennert not as lament, but sober scope into communities segregated by misunderstanding and fear, the book is ripe with dialogue starting notions.
    The discussion, lead by Head Librarian Dave Lauritsen, allowed residents to grapple with these tough themes as a community. Lauritsen, open and inviting, opens the sort of discourse that helps keeps the kind of misunderstandings that lead to people being ostracized in the previous century.
    Book club choice for August: Garth Stein’s novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain. Dubbed to have “everything: love, tragedy, redemption, danger,” by fellow author Sara Gruen, the story is told through the perspective of a dog named Enzo.
     All are welcome. Its a great opportunity to have a good book to read and thoughtful people to discuss it with. Look for a review of every book club book here on the News a week before every meeting, either on the web or in print.

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