Please join us for some socialization, book discussions, and lots of fun! LYC Book Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. except for the month of September.  All are welcome.   You are encouraged to read the book selection for the month but you can always join us and listen to what others have to say.  Those discussions may perk your interest to read the book.

Our May 11, 2021, Book Selection is “Pretty Birds” by Scott Simon

Young women served as snipers for both Bosnian and Serbian forces during the siege of Sarajevo; Simon, a prize-winning correspondent, and NPR Weekend Edition host interviewed one of them and has masterfully imagined her life.  The book begins with half-Muslin Irena, 17, perched on a rooftop, wearing a black ski mask, sighting down a rifle, and listening to a sneering Serbian propagandist on the radio before she pulls the trigger.  Simon then flashes back to the spring of 1992, when Irena, her parents, and her parrot, Pretty Bird, must flee their home on the mostly Serb side of the city.  When they make it to her grandmother’s apartment, they find her slain on the staircase.  When a former assistant principal spots Irene, once a high school basketball star, he offers her a job that quickly has her recruited, indoctrinated, and trained in deception and weaponry.

Pretty Bird is released for mercy’s sake, flies to his old home, and is caught by Amela-a Christian and Irene’s former classmate and teammate-who concocts a devious and difficult plan to return him to her friend.

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Preview our June Book Club Selection