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.
Fellow readers – Let’s get back to Book Club! We will meet on June 9th at 6:00 p.m.
We will start with our “Gone With the Wind” (Sue) discussion and then see if we can pick some future readings. We may also discuss “The Paragon Hotel.”
The Paragon Hotel
By Lyndsay Faye
The year is 1921, and “Nobody” Alice James is on a cross-country train, carrying a bullet wound and fleeing for her life following an illicit drug and liquor deal gone horribly wrong. Desperate to get as far away as possible from New York City and those who want her dead, she has her sights set on Oregon: a distant frontier that seems the end of the line.
She befriends Max, a black Pullman porter who reminds her achingly of Harlem, who leads Alice to the Paragon Hotel upon arrival in Portland. Her unlikely sanctuary turns out to be the only all-black hotel in the city, and its lodgers seem unduly terrified of a white woman on the premises.
But as she meets the churlish Dr. Pendleton, the stately Mavereen, and the unforgettable club chanteuse Blossom Fontaine, she begins to understand the reason for their dread. The Ku Klux Klan has arrived in Portland in fearful numbers-burning crosses, inciting violence, electing officials, and brutalizing blacks. And only Alice, along with her new “family” of Paragon residents, are willing to search for a missing mulatto child who has mysteriously vanished into the Oregon woods. To untangle the web of lies and misdeeds around her, Alice will have to answer for her own past, too.