USF Book Club November and December Selections

We have decided to read Cheryl Strayed’s book for November.

Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. November 2nd, 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…

On December 7th, we will meet at noon in room 209 (due to finals, it may be TBD–an updated location will be given when more information is available) to discuss, China Boy, by Gus Lee.  If the Gleeson library copy is unavailable, check with the SFPL or you may request it from Link+.
Kai Ting is the only American-born son of an aristocratic Mandarin family that fled China in the wake on Mao’s revolution. Growing up in San Francisco’s ghetto, Kai is caught between two worlds–embracing neither the Chinese nor the American way of life. After his mother’s death, Kai is suddenly plunged into American culture by his new stepmother, a Philadelphia society woman who tries to erase every vestige of China from the household. Warm, funny, and deeply moving, China Boy is a brilliantly rendered novel of family relationships, culture shock, and the perils of growing up in an America of sharp differences and shared humanity. –Back cover

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