Virtual Book Club
April Virtual Book Club
Linda Murphy Marshall Ivy Lodge: A Memoir of Translation and Discovery April 6, 2023 4 PM PDT | 5 PM MDT | 6 PM CDT | 7 PM EDT My memoir began as a 10-page essay, an assignment I completed for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival in 2014: “Writing About Nowhere.”...
March Virtual Book Club
Carlyn Montes De OcaJunkyard Girl: A Memoir of Ancestry, Family Secrets, and Second Chances.March 9, 20234 PM PST | 5 PM MST | 6 PM CST | 7 PM EST I grew up surrounded by secrets. I never knew my dad was a marine during World War II or that my beloved...
February Virtual Book Club
Available As Is: Reinvention After Loss
February 9, 2023
4 PM PST | 5 PM MST | 6 PM CST | 7 PM EST
In April of 2013, I lost my husband of 32 years. Soon after my loss, I enrolled in a writing class. Initially, I was looking for community and writing had always been a passion of mine. My late husband and I had led isolated lives so I needed a reason to leave the house and connect with people.
January Virtual Book Club
I started my life as a born-unwanted peasant girl in China’s remote mountains. My mother tried to abort me by pushing a heavy pinewood washboard against her pregnant belly. I was raised by my illiterate peasant grandmother, who had a pair of painful three-inch bound feet and who’d once thrown her own newborn daughter into the urine pot to drown because she wanted a boy. When my own daughter was born, my father-in-law pressured me to kill my infant daughter by lethal injection and try for a male baby.