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Newcomers are always welcome! This bookclub meets in person on the third Wednesday of each month.

This month's book selection: "House of Sticks" by Ly Tran



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We are reading:

Wednesday, May 15, 2024
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Drew Room
Columbia Pike Library
Events for Adults Good for Adults Age 55+
Book Club
Arlington Public Library
Registrations open at 6:30pm Wednesday, April 17, 2024

About the Book:

An intimate, beautifully written coming-of-age memoir--a young girl's journey from war-torn Vietnam to Ridgewood, Queens, and her struggle to find her voice amid clashing cultural expectations. Ly Tran is just a toddler in 1993 when she and her family emigrate from a small town along the Mekong River in Vietnam to a two-bedroom railroad apartment in Ridgewood, Queens. Ly's father, a former lieutenant in the South Vietnamese army, spent nearly a decade as a POW, and their resettlement is made possible through a humanitarian program run by the US government. Soon after they arrive, Ly joins her parents and three older brothers in sewing ties and cummerbunds piecemeal on their living room floor to make ends meet. As they navigate this new landscape, Ly finds herself torn between two worlds. She knows she must honor her parents' Buddhist faith and contribute to the family livelihood, working long hours at home and then later as a manicurist alongside her mother at a nail salon in Brownsville, Brooklyn, which her parents eventually take over. But at school, Ly feels the mounting pressure to blend in. A growing inability to see the blackboard presents new challenges, especially when her father forbids her from getting glasses, calling her diagnosis of poor vision a government conspiracy. His frightening temper and paranoia leave an indelible mark on Ly's sense of self. Who is she outside of everything her family expects of her? Told in a spare, evocative voice that, with flashes of humor, weaves together her family's immigration experience with her own fraught and courageous coming-of-age, "House of Sticks" is a timely and powerful portrait of one girl's struggle to reckon with her heritage and forge her own path. -- from dust jacket.

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