September 20, 2023

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Members, join us at First Light Books, the newly opened independent bookstore, coffee shop and wine bar, as we dive into our final selection for GTW Book Club, Volume 1 (October 2022–September 2023).

If you plan on attending, please RSVP 'YES' to the email calendar invite in your inbox so we can plan accordingly!

Book Club Pick: How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

  • Book Summary: Acclaimed writer Julia Alvarez’s brilliant and buoyant and beloved first novel gives voice to four sisters recounting their adventures growing up in two cultures. Selected as a Notable Book by both the New York Times and the American Library Association, it won the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for books with a multicultural perspective and was chosen by New York librarians as one of twenty-one classics for the twenty-first century. Ms. Alvarez was recently honored with the 2013 National Medal of Arts for her extraordinary storytelling.

    In this debut novel, the García sisters—Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofía—and their family must flee their home in the Dominican Republic after their father’s role in an attempt to overthrow a tyrannical dictator is discovered. They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Caribbean. In the wild and wondrous and not always welcoming U.S.A., their parents try to hold on to their old ways, but the girls try find new lives: by forgetting their Spanish, by straightening their hair and wearing fringed bell bottoms. For them, it is at once liberating and excruciating to be caught between the old world and the new. How the García Girls Lost Their Accents sets the sisters free to tell their most intimate stories about how they came to be at home—and not at home—in America.

What to Expect + Event Details:

  • Stimulating conversation + connection with fellow GTW members and book lovers alike, facilitated by Book Club Lead, Wendy Smith.
  • All GTW Members are welcomed and encouraged to join in on the conversation with fellow book lovers, no matter how much or little of the book you read!
  • Parking: Self parking available at First Light Books - 4300 Speedway, Austin, TX 78751

  • Any food or beverage purchased for this experience will be at the member's expense. Full cafe menu offerings HERE

  • Estimated amount of attendees: 10-12