From the Forum – Twentythirtysomething Book Club (TTBC) Summer Selections

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Twentythirtysomething Book Club (TTBC) Summer Selections

“Join Twentythirtysomething Book Club (TTBC), a DC Public Library book group for younger adults, for a summer of great reads!

In our June 25 selection, Teju Cole’s novel “Every Day is for the Thief,” a young Nigerian man returns to Lagos after living in New York City and, as he wanders the city and re-connects with various individuals, he considers his past, his future, and the state of his homeland.

Our July 23 selection is 2014 nonfiction title “On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City.” Sociologist Alice Goffman spent six years in a disadvantaged Philadelphia neighborhood to produce this ground level look at how contemporary policing methods impact the lives of citizens, especially young African American men.

In our August 27 selection, Celeste Ng’s 2014 novel “Everything I Never Told You,” the mysterious death of sixteen-year-old Lydia Lee threatens to unravel her family, whose members are burdened already by past conflicts, ongoing tensions, and long held secrets.

All meetings will take place at breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW) and will start at 7:30 p.m.

Questions? Email [email protected] or find us on Facebook.”

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  • I’m surprised they chose Alice Goffman’s piece. Steven Lubet’s recent review in the New Republic raised serious enough concerns about the truthfulness of her account and the fact that she committed a felony that I would have left it off the reading list.

  • Glad to see Celeste Ng’s novel on the list. Great read!

  • I’ve read the first two. Cole’s book (and all of his work) is fantastic. I’d encourage anyone who has any interest in reading to read his books.

    I’m surprised by the Goffman pick. Very controversial to say the least. I have serious questions about her research ethics.

  • Hey! I’m on PoPville! Or at least my book club is. I’m the co-coordinator who suggested Goffman’s book, though it isn’t something we entirely hand-pick — the group members’ vote ultimately carries the day.

    In response to the concerns below, I’d like to affirm that we thought the book would be interesting partly because it is highly topical, but also because it’s both so massively popular and so controversial. I’ll be leading the discussion that month, and I’m planning to devote a significant chunk of the discussion to Goffman, her methods , her ethics, and the criticism she’s received. As a trained sociologist, I found basically all the points Stephen Lubet (and others) have made to be valid; as a librarian, I think it’s important to read and discuss books like this for precisely the reason Lubet says he wrote his review — it’s gotten a lot of attention and a lot of praise, and its flaws should be receiving just as much scrutiny.

    Also, feel free to come join the club and bring all your opinions on the subject with you! The more, the merrier.

  • It’s bad enough these 20somethings prance around with their fancy “in-shape” bodies and their not gray hair–now they have to exclude us from their book clubs!!?

  • Just a heads up that the July meeting has been moved up a day to Wednesday, July 22. All other details are the same, and we look forward to seeing you and — as Rebekah said in her post — talking Goffman, controversy, and more.

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