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Morning Coffee Book Club

Read on the Edge with the Morning Coffee Book Club. Join us for a discussion of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez at 10:00 a.m. in the Cornelia White Community Room at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library.

The Morning Coffee Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library and is open to everyone. Members of the club read the selected book for the month, then join in lively discussions. Please click here to see a list of future selections for the Morning Coffee Book Club.

Refreshments are generously provided by Aspen Mills Bakery. Thank you, Aspen Mills!


April 18, 2018

How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez** 

How the García Girls Lost Their AccentsAcclaimed writer Julia Alvarez’s brilliant and buoyant and beloved first novel gives voice to four sisters recounting their adventures growing up in two cultures. Selected as a Notable Book by both the New York Times and the American Library Association, it won the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for books with a multicultural perspective and was chosen by New York librarians as one of twenty-one classics for the twenty-first century. Ms. Alvarez was recently honored with the 2013 National Medal of Arts for her extraordinary storytelling.

In this debut novel, the García sisters—Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofía—and their family must flee their home in the Dominican Republic after their father’s role in an attempt to overthrow a tyrannical dictator is discovered. They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Caribbean. In the wild and wondrous and not always welcoming U.S.A., their parents try to hold on to their old ways, but the girls try find new lives: by forgetting their Spanish, by straightening their hair and wearing fringed bell bottoms. For them, it is at once liberating and excruciating to be caught between the old world and the new. How the García Girls Lost Their Accents sets the sisters free to tell their most intimate stories about how they came to be at home—and not at home—in America.

Simply wonderful. —Los Angeles Times

** —This book is also available as a Downloadable Audiobook and/or eBook from PSPL. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD 

 

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