by Patty Gabris

We had another wonderful evening for the second meeting of the Liberals Book Club. Our group of nine discussed our book, the many tangents the book led us to and we even learned some sign language; ask us about the sign for Trump.

Born a Crime provided an insight to living in and the fallout of a post-apartheid world.  While Trevor Noah was able to present his life with a lighthearted and comic flare, he made clear the seriousness of racism and the separation of groups.

Our next book for discussion is Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi on Thursday, September 5*.  Join us for social time at 6:30 and the book discussion will start at 7:00 pm

Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Tehran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists seized hold of the universities, and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the girls in Azar Nafisi’s living room risked removing their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories become intertwined with the ones they are reading. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature. (The title refers to Vladimir Nabokov’s novel, Lolita, a story about a middle-aged man who has a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old pubescent girl. The book Lolita is used by the author as a metaphor for life in the Islamic Republic of Tehran.)

Please join us for good company and good conversation in a relaxed atmosphere. Reading the book is not required.


The September meeting has been moved one week earlier, Thursday, September 5th at 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm. Expect a watch party for the third Democrat primary debate on Thursday, September 12th. The Liberals book club normally meets the second Thursday of odd numbered months.