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Pop Culture Book Club: Fall 2023 Reads

"I don't believe in guilty pleasures." Dave Grohl, Lead Singer of The Foo Fighters & Drummer for Nirvana

Pop Culture Book Club

Fall 2023 Meeting Dates

What Book? Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir by Matthew Perry

When: 12:00 to 1:30 pm, August 29, 2023

What Book? Pageboy: A Memoir by Elliot Page

When: 11:30 to 1:00 pm, September 28, 2023

What Book? The Talk by Darrin Bell

When: 11:30 to 1:00 pm, October 24, 2023

What Book? Wannabe: Reckonings with the Pop Culture That Shapes Me by Aisha Harris

When: 11:30 to 1:00 pm, November 14, 2023

All meetings will be held in the Main Library Instruction Lab on the First Floor.

About the Book Club

Taking a page from the online Pop Culture Book Club who are passionate readers who also love films, television, music and art. Put both together and you get a Pop Culture Book Club. We meet once a month to talk about books over coffee & snacks. Please feel free to attend. I am to keep it fun & relaxed.

Fall 2023 Semester Books

August 2023 Selection: Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir by Matthew Perry

The beloved star of Friends takes us behind-the-scenes of the hit sitcom and his struggles with addiction in this candid, funny and revelatory memoir that delivers a powerful message of hope and persistence. Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing is an unforgettable memoir that shares the most intimate details of the love Perry lost, his darkest days, and his greatest friends

The star of “Juno” and the popular Netflix sci-fi series “The Umbrella Academy” came out as trans in December 2020. The before and after is the subject of his new memoir. The Oscar nominated actor’s story skips across time, from scenes of bullying in his Nova Scotia childhood to later identity struggles, which became increasingly unbearable as fame set in. Post-transition life in the public eye brought some intolerance and hate, but also kindness from family, fans and colleagues, not to mention the relief of being more comfortably embodied at last.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist draws on his childhood in Los Angeles to explore racism on a deeply personal level. The first time he heard “the talk,” he was 6 and wanted a toy water gun, prompting his mother to gently explain the entrenched bias in how Black children are perceived. There’s a poignancy, too, in the cyclical nature of the story: Bell, now a father, is wrestling with the same questions his own parents faced.

“Pop culture shapes us, and we shape it right back in an invigorating feedback loop of creativity and interpretation,” writes Harris, a podcast host and cultural critic for NPR (and former New York Times journalist). She is keenly aware of the role that music, movies and TV have played in her life — right down to her own name.

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