THOMASTON — Funded by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council and facilitated by author and mentor Lee Heffner, the “Let's Talk About It” book group will meet on Tuesday, December 11 at 11 a.m. at Thomaston Public Library. We finish the series, "Becoming American: Struggles, Successes, and Symbols," with Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas.
Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, called “the most famous undocumented immigrant in America,” tackles one of the defining issues of our time in this explosive and deeply personal call to arms.
“This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book––at its core––is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can’t. This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves. This book is about what it means to not have a home.
After 25 years of living illegally in a country that does not consider me one of its own, this book is the closest thing I have to freedom.”
These discussions are always thought-provoking and lively, and we welcome anyone to join for one book or the whole series! Refreshments are served. This month we will also decide what is next for the Let's Talk About It Book Club in January... Will it be Civil War fiction? Will it be mysteries? Let's discuss! For more information, contact the library at (207) 354-2453.