Webster University Library Book Club | Webster University Library

Webster University Library Book Club

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Bring your lunch, and join us at our meetings to chat about the club's latest book selection.

Meetings are held from noon to 1 p.m. every other month in the Library Conference room.

Directions/parking:

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  • See?Getting to the Library?for directions
  • Park in any visitor or unmarked space in the garage at 568 Garden Avenue and sign in at the Public Safety Office at the entrance to the garage.
  • Accessible parking is available in the circle drive in the front of the Library.

Book Club Flyer?

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Upcoming book discussions:

?May 11, 2020?

The Beekeeper of Allepo by Christy Lefteri?

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Lefteri (A Watermelon, a Fish and a Bible) tells a haunting and resonant story of Syrian war refugees undertaking a treacherous journey to possible safety. In 2015, Nuri Ibrahim and his wife, Afra, who was blinded in an incident during the Syrian civil war, cling to their home while everyone else flees the bombings and violence. They are emotionally devastated by the loss and destruction of their neighborhood but decide to seek asylum in the U.K. after soldiers attempt to forcefully recruit Nuri. They travel through harsh conditions in Turkey and Greece, waiting in camps for the proper paperwork and meeting more refugees along the way. Nuri is determined to find his cousin Mustafa in the U.K., where the two men can return to their beloved work as beekeepers. Afra reckons with the reality that she will not be able to continue her life as an artist because of her blindness, and the couple recall painful memories as they are drawn into the agonizing experiences of other refugees. Lefteri perceptively and powerfully documents the horrors of the Syrian civil war and the suffering of innocent civilians. Readers will find this deeply affecting for both its psychological intensity and emotional acuity. (description from )?

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?Postponed: Our March meeting will be postponed due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus. Stay tuned for details!?

Solito, Solita
Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America

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Solito, Solita?(Alone, Alone), shortlisted for the 2019 Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America, is an urgent collection of oral histories that tells—in their own words—the?story of young?refugees fleeing?countries?in Central America?and traveling for hundreds of?miles?to?seek?safety and protection in the United States.

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Fifteen narrators describe why they fled their homes, what happened?on their dangerous journeys through Mexico, how they crossed the borders, and for some,?their ongoing struggles to survive in the United States. In an era of fear,?xenophobia,?and outright lies, these stories amplify the compelling voices of?migrant?youth. What can they teach us about abuse and abandonment, bravery and?resilience, hypocrisy and hope??They bring us into their hearts and onto streets?filled with the lure of freedom and fraught with violence.?From fending off?kidnappers?with knives and being locked in freezing holding cells to tearful reunions?with parents,?Solito, Solita’s?narrators bring to light the experiences of?young people struggling for a better life across the border.

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This collection includes the story of Adrián, from Guatemala City, whose mother was shot to death before his eyes. He refused to join a gang, rode across Mexico atop cargo trains, crossed the US border as a minor, and was handcuffed and thrown into ICE detention on his eighteenth birthday. We hear the story of Rosa, a Salvadoran mother fighting to save her life as well as her daughter’s after death squads threatened her family. Together they trekked through the jungles on the border between Guatemala and Mexico, where masked men assaulted them. We also meet Gabriel, who after surviving sexual abuse starting at the age of eight fled to the United States, and through study, legal support and work, is now attending UC Berkeley.

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Description from publisher, Haymarket Books:?https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1275-solito-solita

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