Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fullerton Reads The Barbarian Nurseries!

This Fall, the Fullerton Public Library and Fullerton College are collaborating on a program called "Fullerton Reads: One Book, One College, One City."  The book they have chosen is Hector Tobar's novel The Barbarian Nurseries, which I recently read, and loved.  I loved it so much, I am having my English 103 classes read it this semester, and I am encouraging all my friends to read this fantastic and eye-opening book.

Here's what the Fullerton Public Library Director, Maureen Gebelein, has to say about "Fullerton Reads" and The Barbarian Nurseries:

"The 2013 Fullerton Reads program encourages all residents to read the same book at the same time.  We are very excited to be reading The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar as our selection this year.  In past years, Fullerton Reads has examined books and themes that have taken us to other parts of our country, the world, and even into the sky.  This year, we are taking the opportunity to explore a book that is set in our own backyard.  In addition, we are partnering with Fullerton College to further extend our reach.

This book is a journey about immigration and immigrant lives in Southern California, uncovering social class conflicts and racial and cultural divisions.  The geography is somewhat familiar, since much of the book is set in Orange County and parts of Los Angeles County."

On Sunday, October 20th, the Fullerton Public Library is hosting a special talk and book signing with the author.  This is FREE!  I will be there!

Here's what the New York Times has to say about the author:

"Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, writes of Orange County and Los Angeles municipal politics.  An LA native, Tobar knows the dark and the light, the high and low, the West Side, the Valley, and downtown--and puts it all into his big new novel, The Barbarian Nurseries.  A story of scandal in a metropolis fraught with racial friction may elicit comparisons with Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities.  Both authors...alert to the absurdities of American culture...depict how contemporary society shapes our consciousness."

The books has won a boat-load of awards...

And it has received much critical acclaim...

I loved this book so much that I wrote a book report on it which you can read HERE.  So what are you waiting for, go pick up your copy of The Barbarian Nurseries and get reading, Fullerton!

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