The Wood County District Public Library’s Just the Facts Book Club picks up with some excellent non-fiction titles. This is a hybrid book club that will run both in the Bowling Green Library A&B Boardroom and online through Zoom. See specific dates and titles below.
January 25 – âTravel the world: an irreverent guideâ by Anthony Bourdain
Bourdain has seen more of the world than almost anyone. His travels have taken him from the hidden pockets of his hometown of New York to a tribal longhouse in Borneo, from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Paris and Shanghai to the sheer beauty of Tanzania and the magnificent desert seclusion of the Empty Quarter. Oman – and many places beyond. In World Travel, a lifetime of experience is brought together in an entertaining, practical, fun and candid travel guide that gives readers an introduction to some of his favorite places – in his own words.
February 22 – “Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson” by Gordon S. Wood
Jefferson and Adams could hardly have come from more different worlds or had a more different temperament. They worked closely together in the crucible of the revolution, crafting the Declaration of Independence and leading, with Franklin, the diplomatic effort that brought France into battle. But ultimately, their profound differences would lead to a fundamental crisis, in their friendship and in the nation at large, as they became the figureheads of two entirely new forces, America’s first political parties. It was a bitter rupture, which lasted through the presidential administrations of the two men, and beyond.
March 29 – “House of Sticks: A Memoir” by Ly Tran
Tran was just a toddler in 1993 when she and her family immigrated from a small town along the Mekong River in Vietnam to a two-bedroom apartment in Queens. Soon after arriving, Ly joins her parents and three older brothers sewing ties and tuxedo belts on their living room floor to make ends meet.
As they navigate this new landscape, Ly finds herself torn between two worlds. She knows she must honor her parents’ Buddhist faith and contribute to the family’s livelihood, working long hours at home and eventually as a manicurist alongside her mother at a Brooklyn nail salon that his parents take over. But at school, Ly feels increasing pressure to blend in.
A growing inability to see the painting presents new challenges, especially when her father forbids her from purchasing glasses, calling her diagnosis of poor vision a government conspiracy. His creepy temper and paranoia leave a mark on Ly’s self-esteem. Who is she outside of everything her family expects from her?