Book Club + Mixer
July 3- THE AIR YOU BREATHE- Frances De Pontes Peebles
August 7- WHAT BELONGS TO YOU- Garth Greenwell
Sept 5- The Library Book- Susan Orlean
Oct 3- The House Of Impossible Beauties- Joseph Caesura
Oct 31 – Lie With me- Philippe Besson
Dec 5 – The Motion Of Light In Water- Samuel R. Delaney
Jan 7 – The Sparsholt Affair- Alan Hollinghurst (At PS Public Library)
Feb 6- On The Move- Oliver Sacks
March 5- Leading Men- Christopher Castellani
April 2- The Crime Writer- Jill Dawson
May 5 – Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward (At PS Public Library)
Book Of The Month
The story of an intense female friendship fueled by affection, envy and pride–and each woman’s fear that she would be nothing without the other.
Skinny, nine-year-old orphaned Dores is working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s Brazil when in walks a girl who changes everything. Graça, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, is clever, well fed, pretty, and thrillingly ill behaved. Born to wildly different worlds, Dores and Graça quickly bond over shared mischief, and then, on a deeper level, over music.
One has a voice like a songbird; the other feels melodies in her soul and composes lyrics to match. Music will become their shared passion, the source of their partnership and their rivalry, and for each, the only way out of the life to which each was born. But only one of the two is destined to be a star. Their intimate, volatile bond will determine each of their fortunes–and haunt their memories.
Traveling from Brazil’s inland sugar plantations to the rowdy streets of Lapa in Rio de Janeiro, from Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood back to the irresistible drumbeat of home, The Air You Breathe unfurls a moving portrait of a lifelong friendship–its unparalleled rewards and lasting losses–and considers what we owe to the relationships that shape our lives.
Outbook is an LGBTQ book club and mixer founded by local book critic and columnist J. Corbett Holmes. To join simply pick up and read our month’s selection. The join us the first Thurs of each month (unless noted) at the Palm Springs Cultural Center (formally Camelot Theatres), upstairs in the VIP Lounge. Select events are held at the Palm Springs Public Library. Mix and mingle with fellow club members at 6:00 p.m. Book discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. led Outbook co-ordinator Hubertus Zegers.
James C. Holmes