Tonight, Central Book Club Too meets downtown at Hair of the Dog to discuss Kiese Laymon’s book of essays on race and coming of age, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. It’s a slim book (a mere 146 pages), but I’m sure we’ll have lots to discuss! Join us, 6:30 p.m., or stop by Center for the Reader to pick up a copy of our book for February 8th’s meeting, The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanigihara. Check it out:
In 1950, a young doctor called Norton Perina signs on with the anthropologist Paul Tallent for an expedition to the remote Micronesian island of Ivu’ivu in search of a rumored lost tribe. They succeed, finding not only that tribe but also a group of forest dwellers they dub “The Dreamers,” who turn out to be fantastically long-lived but progressively more senile. Perina suspects the source of their longevity is a hard-to-find turtle; unable to resist the possibility of eternal life, he kills one and smuggles some meat back to the States. He scientifically proves his thesis, earning worldwide fame and the Nobel Prize, but he soon discovers that its miraculous property comes at a terrible price. As things quickly spiral out of his control, his own demons take hold, with devastating personal consequences.
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