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Two Rivers Book Club

On the left, an image of an open book. On the right, green text that reads "Two Rivers Book Club. Last Tuesdays Every Month. 6:30-8:00."

NOTE: We'll be meeting online until further notice. The location information below is staying for future reference.

As always, please consider supporting our friends at 45th Parallel!

The event will be held on Zoom.
To get your name added to the email list for the book club, email christine@tworiversbooks.com

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For February we will be discussing In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado.

A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties.
 
In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.
 
And it’s that struggle that gives the book its original structure: each chapter is driven by its own narrative trope—the haunted house, erotica, the bildungsroman—through which Machado holds the events up to the light and examines them from different angles. She looks back at her religious adolescence, unpacks the stereotype of lesbian relationships as safe and utopian, and widens the view with essayistic explorations of the history and reality of abuse in queer relationships.
 
Machado’s dire narrative is leavened with her characteristic wit, playfulness, and openness to inquiry. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, Star Trek, and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction. The result is a wrenching, riveting book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.
 
Check your email for the Zoom link!
Event date: 
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
8836 N. Lombard Street
Portland, OR 97203
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