Island Book's open book club meets the last Thursday of every month at 7:30pm. Our staff facilitator chooses both fiction and nonfiction titles. All are welcome to attend. This month's choice is The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar.
Scott and Maureen Torres-Thompson have always relied on
others to run their Orange County
home. But when bad investments crater their bank account, it all comes down to
Araceli: their somewhat prickly Mexican maid. One night, an argument between
the couple turns physical, and a misunderstanding leaves the children in
Araceli's care. Their parents unreachable, she takes them to central Los
Angeles in the hopes of finding Scott's estranged
Mexican father---an earnest quest that soon becomes a colossal misadventure,
with consequences that ripple through every strata of the sprawling city.