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Food for Thought: There There (Jan. 12)

Updated: Jan 12

This year's book discussion will center around literary prizes. We meet at 5:00 on the 2nd Thursday at the Main Library, 305 Wick Ave.

Our January title is There There by Tommy Orange, winner of the American Book Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, and John Leonard Prize.

This book is available from The Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, in hard copy, audiobook and e-book.

"A wondrous and shattering novel that follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize.

Among them is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, pulling his life together after his uncle’s death and working at the powwow to honor his memory. Fourteen-year-old Orvil, coming to perform traditional dance for the very first time. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American—grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism.”

Other books in this series:

February: (essays) MacArthur "Genius" Award: A Little Devil in America: Notes In Praise Of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib March: (novel) Orange Prize for Fiction: The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht April (non-fiction) National Book Award: All That She Carried by Tiya Miles May: (biography) Pulitzer: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

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