This summer, we are having three exciting, culturally diverse book discussions. June 6 is Same Kind of Different as Me, a nonfiction piece about two disparate men who come together through the spiritual encouragement of the wife of the aloof art dealer. This book has created world-wide discussion about faith and change and compassion.

On July 11, the book Snow Flower and the Secret Fan brings together two young Chinese girls in the 19th century and their strong, yet turbulent, relationship over the years as they share their secrets on fans and handkerchiefs.

August 1 brings us to the novel, Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian. This book traces the life of Junior in a funny, yet crisis filled manner.

All three books look at different cultures and the impact that those cultures have on the main characters. The take-away for us as readers will be an appreciation for the Chinese culture of match-making and foot binding; the coming together of the disparate men; and right before our very eyes the world of young people on an Indian reservation.

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