USF Book Club: June & July Selections

Hello friends! Today Book Club picked its next two titles:

On June 15, 2011 we will discuss Delicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff. Gleeson does not yet own a physical copy of this, but you can view it on one of our iPads or our Kindle, request it through Link+, or get it from SF Public!

On July 20, 2011 we will discuss The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall. Indeed, the same with this title — we don’t yet own a physical copy, but we’ve got it loaded on our e-readers. There’s always Link+ or SF Public until our copy comes in!

Come meet us in the seminar room, #209, of Gleeson Library from 12-1 pm. Bring your lunch and bring your friends! We don’t require you to have read the book to join the discussion. All members of the USF Community are welcome and no rsvp is necessary.

Following the publication of Groff’s first novel, The Monsters of Templeton (2008), comes this collection of nine short stories, six of which have never been published. The richly conceived, finely detailed stories offer portraits of smart, daring women who are in search of, in thrall to, or disillusioned by love. In “Lucky Chow Fun,” winner of a Pushcart Prize, Groff returns to the town of Templeton to tell the story of a high-school swimmer who uncovers the sordid sexual secrets of her seemingly idyllic small town. “L. DeBard and Aliette,” included in the latest edition of Best American Short Stories, is a reimagining of the love story of Abelard and Héloïse that sees the couple recast as an Olympic swimmer and his pupil, both of whom suffer through the flu epidemic of 1918. And in the title story, an unconventional female reporter, fleeing the Nazis in rural France along with a band of male correspondents, must strike a sordid bargain with a brutal farmer to secure their safe passage. Vivid tales from a gifted young writer who continues to surprise. –Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist

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