International Book Club

The International Book Club discusses cultures and peoples from around the world through the medium of books.  


International Book Club on Permanent Hiatus

The International Book Club is on permanent hiatus.  If you have questions about this group please contact Jill Abood, Head of Programming and Outreach.

International Book Club - September 2014

East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room

September's title is The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris.



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Summer Hiatus for International Book Club

International Book Club will not be meeting in July and August.  Look for the club to resume regular meetings in September.

International Book Club - June 2014

East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room

June's title is Turn Right at Machu Picchu by

International Book Club - May 2014

East Lansing Public Library - Meeting Room

May's title is I am Malala by Malala Yousafzi.

Upcoming titles for the group are:

A Hundred Flowers by Gail Tsukiyama

Follow three generations of a family from Guangzhou as they navigate Mao’s China for a few months in 1958. Each family member is tormented by their own secrets and the tension builds throughout the novel as they are revealed to you. In “A Hundred Flowers,” Gail Tsukiyama captures visions of the oppression and fear created by the Cultural Revolution as experienced by a little boy, his mother and his paternal grandfather as they all try to make sense of life in the absence of their father, husband and son.

A Hundred Flowers is the International Book Club selection for April.  On March 20 we will be meeting to discuss Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World by Catherine E. McKinley.  We hope to see you soon.

International Book Club - March 2014

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International Book Club - February 2014

On February 20 we will be discussing A Girl Made of Dust by Natalie Abi-Ezzi.  This novel is set during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in the early 1980s, and based on the author's personal experiences of the conflict.

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December's book is Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai.

International Book Club - November 2013

East Lansing Public Library

November's book is Birds Without Wings by Louis de Berieres.

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"The Yellow Birds" by Kevin Powers

Three Women of Herat, A Memoir of Life, Love and Friendship in Afghanistan by Veronica Doubleday

While living in Herat, Afghanistan during two separate years in the mid-seventies, British author Veronica Doubleday befriends three women from different hereditary classes. Through her developing relationships, readers will gain an understanding of what it meant to be a woman in Afghanistan before the Soviet invasion adn the rule of the Taliban. Doubleday's ability to speak Persian, as well as willingness to embrace their culture and traditions, give her access to Herati family life rarely seen by westerners. This is a beautifully written account of the lives of Afghani women and provides layers of insight for a country so frequently misunderstood today. Anyone seeking impartial information about a culture rich in traditions and arts will find Three Women of Herat invaluable in providing a framework for understanding women in Afghanistan.

In An Antique Land: History in a Guise of a Traveler's Tale by Amitav Ghosh

Blending cultures, religions, and time periods, In A Strange Land: History in a Guise of a Traveler's Tale defies definition. An earlier work by popular Indian author Amitav Ghosh, he writes in his own voice using the time he spent as a student in Egypt to inform his tale. The story centers on his search for clues about a slave to a Jewish merchant mentioned in a 12th century letter discovered in the Cairo Geniza. Originally from Tunisia, the merchant travels to India, by way of Egypt, and lives there for a couple decades before mysteriously and suddenly returning to Africa. Through Ghosh's quest, you also learn about contemporary rural Egypt at the same time as you do about merchants and trade between Europe, Africa and India in the 12th century. It will leave you wondering where reality ends and the story begins.

Blood river: a journey to Africa's broken heart by Tim Butcher

Blood River by Tim ButcherReading Blood river: a journey to Africa's broken heart is a tense and thrilling adventure that will leave you with a better understanding of this forgotten country in central Africa. Author Tim Butcher strives to recreate explorer Henry Morton Stanley's nineteenth century route along the Congo River from Lake Tanganyika to the Atlantic Ocean which cuts through two-thirds of the African continent. Along the journey you discover how the Congo is the only place in the world where technological advancements go backwards and grandparents can tell their grandchildren about inventions they can't even dream of. The Congo has so many resources and a people desperate for peace yet so many obstacles stacked against their success. You also learn about the efforts of the United Nations and other aid organizations and why so little is being done to help the people faced with massive institutionalized corruption. Butcher's book shines a spotlight on a country the world seems to have given up on and a people just hoping for a fair chance.

International Book Club - May 2013

East Lansing Public Library