Whitingham Town Library

Libraries aren’t just about books anymore. Ours offers free wifi, a wide range of community programs, and regular Movie Nights. Plus, cardholders have access to digital catalogs and databases.

Book Group - In Person

Thursday, July 1, 2021 - 5:00pm

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.


Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?
 

Book Group meets the 1st Thursday of the month at 5pm. 
Meetings are person, in the library. 

July - American Dirt by Jeanin Cumins
August - The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine
Septemeber - Can't Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street by Matt Taibi
October - Afterlife by Julia Alvarez
November - TBD
December- TBD