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December 2019 Book Club - All You Can Ever Know: A MEMOIR

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Knit Lit! Or Crochet Lit! Or Stitch Lit! Join us for our final 2019 monthly community book club where we'll discuss a book and do some handwork. Only requirement is that you read the book (or most of the book).
In 2019 we are lucky to have our friend and librarian, Jenna Wolfe, lead book club. Learn more about Jenna and the 2019 book club mission. And we are forever grateful to Jenna for her guidance and insight over this past year. We are ending the year the way we started, with a memoir. We hope you'll join us and that you'll also help us thank Jenna for volunteering her expertise to this year's literature endeavors.

All You Can Ever Know: A MEMOIR by NICOLE CHUNG

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:  Nicole Chung, born severely premature, was placed for adoption by her Korean parents. Adopted by a white family, Chung grew up in small town Oregon, told frequently a romantic version of how she came to be a member of her adoptive family--that her parents, committing the most selfless act, have given her up in the hopes she would have a better life, with access to experiences and education that wouldn't be afforded to her if she stayed in Korea. As Chung experiences adolescence, forms her identity, and experiences racism at every turn that her parents cannot understand, she figures she is forever confined to always feeling slightly out of place, the fate of a transatlantic adoptee. That is, until she decided to uncover the truth about her birth parents and her adoption.

WHY YOU MIGHT LIKE IT: This is a tight, whip smart, well written memoir that not only explores adoption, it looks at family dynamics, identity formation, racism, and what it means to be other. Additionally, Chung takes you on a journey of discovery. The memoir evokes elements of mystery as Chung unravels the truth of her adoption story.

FOR FANS OF: literary memoir, family stories, adoption issues, identity, belonging

Available from some of our favorite local bookstores: Porter Square Books and Harvard Square Books. Don't forget your local library!

Limited to 12 participants (17 yrs of age or older); 4 participants are required for book club to meet. This event is free but we do require you register so we know how many seats to put in the "reading nook".

  • Level:  Intermediate (you are working on your own project and we won't let you fail but this event is mostly for talking about the book and a little bit about you knitting/crochet/embroidery/paper-piecing)

  • We provide: lively discussion, and great company
  • You bring: a copy of the book or your notes or whatever and your knitting/crochet/embroidery project. Maybe a beverage…we always welcome snacks.

  • Event length: 2 hours


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