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Next Meeting Date

August 20, 2019 - 6:30PM

2019 Meeting Dates

January 15, 2019

February 19, 2019

March 19, 2019

April 16, 2019

May 21, 2019

June - No Meeting

July 16, 2019

August 20, 2019

September 17, 2019

October 15, 2019

November 19, 2019

December 10, 2019

Recent Reads

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    Meg Howrey

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    Diane Setterfield

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    Thor Hanson

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    by Adriana Trigiani

  • Summer Hours at the Robbers Library
    Sue Halpern

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    Kate Moore

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Book Club

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August's Selection:
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village's all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook's mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger.

Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook's differences are impossible to ignore. The Island of Sea Women is an epoch set over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War and its aftermath, through the era of cell phones and wet suits for the women divers.

Throughout this time, the residents of Jeju find themselves caught between warring empires. Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, and she will forever be marked by this association. Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother's position leading the divers in their village. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.

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Call (215) 679-2020 or email upvlibrary@comcast.net if you have any questions!

Previous Book Club Selections

2015

2016

2017

2018

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Orhan's Inheritance

The Gilded Years

The Forgetting Time

The End of Your Life Book Club

First Impressions

The High Mountains of Portugal

Young Jane Young

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The Miniaturist

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

A Gentleman in Moscow

The Peripheral

The Boys in the Boat

All Our Wrong Todays

Lab Girl

Plain Truth

Girl Waits With Gun

The Orphan Train

Commonwealth

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

And Then There Were None

The Music Shop

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Kitchens of the Great Midwest

The Book of Polly

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

The Lake House

American Eclipse

The Almost Sisters

Under the Jeweled Sky

Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

The Books That Changed My Life

Station Eleven

The Light of Paris

Swimming Lessons

Dear Mrs. Bird

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

The Secret Rooms

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Little Fires Everywhere

Winter Garden

The Christmas Train

News of the World

How to Walk Away

2019

The Radium Girls

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library

Tony's Wife

The Triumph of Seeds

Once Upon a River

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The Wanderers

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