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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Book Discussion Report: Everything I Never Told You

Below are my notes from the most recent ARRT book discussion. Please go to the ARRT Literary Book Discussion and Leadership Training website for more information, previous discussion notes, and upcoming discussion information.  We are currently in the planning stages for our four 2017 discussions.


On Tuesday, September 27, 2016 we met at Niles Public Library for a discussion of Everything I Never Told by by Celeste Ng led by Greta Ulrich.


Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing,Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another

CLICK HERE to access the notes on the discussion of the book.

As always, discussion of the book includes a nuts-and-bolts session devoted to sharing practical solutions to the problems and concerns of book discussion leaders.

The Leadership Training Discussion, led by Becky Spratford will directly address the We Need Diverse Books movement and how and why we should make sure the books we are offering our groups represent diverse voices. Please come prepared to share some titles and discussion experiences.

If you are interested in learning more about this topic ahead of time, Becky compiled the notes from the March 2016 RUSA CODES conversation on diversity here.

CLICK HERE to access the notes on the leadership topic.

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