Sunken Gardens Event with the Mayor

Meet our mayor at Sunken Gardens:
Wednesday, May 11 at 6pm
Sunken Gardens Amphitheater
1825 4th Street North

Neighborhood Meeting

Come meet your neighbors:
Monday, May 2
Refreshments 6:30pm, Meeting at 7pm
Church of the Beatitudes

Book Nook |Room

Room_coverRoom by Emma Donoghue is the April book club election. Following is a Goodreads review:  Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where
Old Nick has held her captive for seven years.  Through her fierce love for her son, determination, and ingenuity Ma has created a life for Jack in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack’s curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.  Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey rom one world to another.
     April’s book club discussion will be on Tuesday, April 26th from 7-9pm at 835 26th Av N.  For more information, please contact

Book Nook | The Japanese Lover

The_Japanese_Lover_coverBook Club member Dana Mayer picked The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende for our March book and sent in the following review.

Allende’s engrossing narrative spans 70 years of tumultuous world history, but the most powerful message is that love – all kinds of love – will take root and endure under the most harrowing conditions.  And unlike her last few books which tended to ramble, this one harkens back to the magic found in Allende’s early bestsellers like House of the Spirits and Paula.

The Japanese Lover covers a lot of historical and social ground: the European Jewish diaspora, US and European World War II war camps, racism and agism, abortion, and AIDS. And as in all of Allende’s fiction, we find enduring love stories among a large, colorful cast of characters struggling with loss and reconciliation.

The novel swirls around the mysterious octogenarian Alma Belasco who is cared for by Irina Bazili, the young Moldovan immigrant whose past – like Alma’s – casts a shadow on the present. As the story flashes back to the 1930s and romantic highlights between, we meet Alma’s Jewish family in pre-World War II Europe; the American relatives who adopt her; and the Japanese family who lovingly creates and tends their gardens.

We will meet at 486 24th Avenue on Tuesday, March 22 from 7 to 9 PM to discuss this book.


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