USF Book Club August & September Selections

The next two books being discussed by the USF Book Club are:

ImageThe Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje. Thursday, August 9th, 2012 in the Gleeson Library at noon in room 209. Request from Link+ or get to at SFPL.

In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the “cat’s table”–as far from the Captain’s Table as can be–with a ragtag group of “insignificant” adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury. But there are other diversions as well: one man talks with them about jazz and women, another opens the door to the world of literature…From the Hardcover edition

Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. September 7th, 2012 in the Gleeson Library at noon in room 209. Request from Link+ or get at SFPL.

…Four years after her mother’s death, with nothing more to lose, Strayed made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker–indeed, she’d never gone backpacking before her first night on the trail. Her trek was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone…cherylstrayed.com

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