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UNA Midpeninsula Chapter Book Club

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Location: Santa Cruz, Calif.

The Book of My Lives
by Aleksandar Hemon


Aleksandar Hemon’s lives begin in Sarajevo, a small, blissful city where a young boy’s life is consumed with street soccer with the neighborhood kids, resentment of his younger sister, and trips abroad with his engineer-cum-beekeeper father. Here, a young man’s life is about poking at the pretensions of the city’s elders with American music, bad poetry, and slightly better journalism. And then, his life in Chicago: watching from afar as war breaks out in Sarajevo and the city comes under siege, no way to return home; his parents and sister fleeing Sarajevo with the family dog, leaving behind all else they had ever known; and Hemon himself starting a new life, his own family, in this new city. And yet this is not really a memoir. The Book of My Lives, Hemon’s first book of nonfiction, defies convention and expectation. It is a love song to two different cities; it is a heartbreaking paean to the bonds of family; it is a stirring exhortation to go out and play soccer—and not for the exercise.
214 pages. Summary from www.amazon.com.

RSVP: If you plan to attend, please RSVP to janemc@writerite.com

Meeting Location and Time:
2140 Santa Cruz #B304 (Chai), Menlo Park, CA 94025; 650-566-1935; 6:30 p.m.

Questions:
Call UNA Store: 650.326.3170 or email: unamidpeninsula@yahoo.com

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