Stratford Library Hosts Zoom Book Discussions on July 29 & Aug. 26

The Stratford Library Books Over Coffee program concludes its 2020 spring/summer series with an online discussion of Laura Frankel’s family drama, This Is How It Always Is, on Wednesday, July 29 and Jeanine Cummins’ controversial novel, American Dirt, on Wednesday, Aug. 26. The online Zoom programs, hosted by Linda LiDestri, will be held between 12-1 p.m. The book talks are free and open to the public.

When Rosie, Penn and their four boys welcome the newest member of their family, no one is surprised it's another baby boy. But Claude is not like his brothers. One day he puts on a dress and refuses to take it off. He wants to bring a purse to kindergarten. He wants hair long enough to sit on. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl. This Is How It Always is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family.

In American Dirt, we meet Lydia Quixano Perez who lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco where she runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. One day a man enters Lydia’s shop and finds four books he would like to buy. Javier is erudite, charming and, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia's husband's tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Limited reading copies of This Is How It Always Is and American Dirt are available for loan at the library’s Circulation Desk. All Books Over Coffee titles are available at the Library or on Kindle eReaders for loan. Patrons can also download the eBook or eaudiobook through the OverDrive app at the Library. Books Over Coffee will announce its fall schedule of titles soon.

For further information call the Library at (203) 385-4162 or register online here.

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