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Beach Books Book Club
The Beach Books book club meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month at 7pm. It is open to anyone who would care to join us - once or on a regular basis. We read all genres, but primarily fiction.Book club members receive a 20% on the month's selection.
Beach Books March meeting will be postponed until Wednesday, March 27 so the author Elise Hooper can attend as we discuss her novel Learning to See. It is the story of photographer Dorothea Lange, who snapped the famous Migrant Mother picture in 1936. Hooper's Lange is scrappy, fighting for success first as a portrait photographer in San Francisco in the late 1910s and into the 1920s, then as a documentarian of American life during the Great Depression and WWII. Lange's tenacity stems from a troubled childhood--a bout with polio that left her with a twisted foot, an absent father, and an overworked mother. She's determined to do better than her parents by attaining a rewarding career and a happy family life. But Lange's first marriage, to painter Maynard Dixon, unravels with his infidelities. When their incomes take a hit from the Depression, Lange decides they should separate and place their two sons in foster care. She finds a better second marriage to Paul Taylor. It will be a special treat to have Elise Hooper here to discuss the book.