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February 18, 2018

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Book Club for Adults

Tuesday, February 20th @ 6:30 pm

The book choice for February is Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin. Copies are available for pickup at the library. Also available to order in large print and audio.

Aviva Grossman, an ambitious congressional intern in Florida, makes the mistake of having an affair with her (married) boss. When the affair comes to light, the popular congressman doesn’t take the fall. But Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins: slut-shamed, she becomes a late-night talk show punch line, anathema to politics. She sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. This time, she tries to be smarter about her life and strives to raise her daughter, Ruby, to be strong and confident. But when, at the urging of others, Aviva decides to run for public office, that long-ago mistake trails her via the Internet and catches up—an inescapable scarlet A. And it’s only a matter of time until Ruby finds out who her mother was and is forced to reconcile that person with the one she knows.

Young Jane Young is a smart, funny, serious, and moving novel about the myriad ways in which roles are still circumscribed for women, whether they are young and ambitious interns; mothers attempting to steer their daughters through a male-dominated world; political wives facing an age-old knowledge that fidelity isn’t always honored; or young girls feeling bold about their many choices before they realize the gender restrictions all around them. Gabrielle Zevin captures not only the double standards alive and well in every aspect of life for women but also the mood of our recent highly charged political season.

March's book is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, the One Book, One County 2018 selection. The author will be a guest at two events in the area in April (more information can be found here). There is a wait list for the book, so if you are interested in attending March's meeting, please call the library at (215) 679-2020 or email us at Please direct your request to Laura.

Upcoming Dates and Location:

2/20 @ 6:30PM - 7:30PM     UPV Library     Young Jane Young

3/20 @ 6:30PM - 7:30PM     UPV Library     A Gentleman in Moscow

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