This year, Lit Youngstown's monthly book discussion will focus on the idea of the writer: biographies, memoirs, fictional works with a writer protagonist. All are welcome. Haven't read the book yet? No worries.
We meet at 6:00 at the Michael Kusalaba Library, 2815 Mahoning Ave. All titles are available at the Michael Kusalaba Library and the YSU Barnes & Noble. Thursday, November 11, we will discuss the novel My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.
"A new book by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout is cause for celebration. Her bestselling novels, including Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys, have illuminated our most tender relationships. Now, in My Name Is Lucy Barton, this extraordinary writer shows how a simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the most tender relationship of all — the one between mother and daughter.
Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable."
December 9 Intimations: Six Essays by Zadie Smith
January 13 Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer
February 10 Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Ownby Eddie Glaude
March 10 World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
April 14 The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
May 12 The Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolutionby Stephen Heyman