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"The Year We Left Home" - Lifelong Learning Book Club (Sioux City)

What All Iowas Are Reading in 2013

  • Literary Event
  • Book Discussion
  • All Iowa Reads
When Apr 15, 2013
from 11:45 AM to 01:15 PM
Where Wells Fargo Room, Room L110, Western Iowa Tech, 4647 Stone Ave, Sioux City, IA
Contact Name
Contact Phone 712-255-2933
Attendees Open to the public
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The Lifelong Learning Book Club at Western Iowa Tech Community College (Sioux City) is a wonderful way to share ideas among people who love books. It's informal and friendly--and lunch is included. Lifelong Learning membership is not required; the $8 registration fee includes lunch. Call 712 274-6404 to register. Maximum attendance is 25.

We'd love to have you join us for a discussion of the 2013 All Iowa Reads selection, The Year We Left Home, by Jean Thompson, led by Kathy Kelly, communications specialist, Sioux City Public Library.

The Year We Left Home is “…a sweeping and emotionally powerful story of a single American family during the tumultuous final decades of the twentieth century.  It begins in 1973 when the Erickson family of Grenada, Iowa, gathers for the wedding of their eldest daughter, Anita. Even as they celebrate, the fault lines in the family emerge. The bride wants nothing more than to raise a family in her hometown, while her brother Ryan watches restlessly from the sidelines, planning his escape.  Joined by their cousin Chip, an unpredictable, war-damaged loner, the two begin a perilous journey to “freedom.” Torrie, the Ericksons’ youngest daughter, another rebel intent on escape, makes choices that bring about a tragedy that leaves the entire family changed forever. 

The Year We Left Home follows the Erickson siblings as they confront prosperity and heartbreak, setbacks and triumphs, and seek their place in a country whose only constant seems to be breathtaking change.” 

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