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July 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The novel for July 11th is In America (1999) by acclaimed essayist, Susan Sontag. This National Book Award Winner is based on the well-researched story of a famous Polish actress who in the 1880’s flees from her Russian-occupied homeland. She and a motley group of relatives and friends emigrate to California to found a ‘utopian commune’. When the commune fails, the former diva starts a new, successful career on the American stage. The novel explores many ideas including the theater, self-transformation, idealism, the many forms of love, story-telling, and even ‘the sheer happiness of art’. One critic says, “…an inventive work written in fluid prose that is both beautiful and unsettling.” Another states that this book is , “An exhilarating journey into the past, freighted with dazzling detail; the product of an endlessly inquisitive, historical imagination “. Craig, our librarian, has ordered copies which should soon be in the Topanga Library. Organizer: Janice Harmon