Date(s) - Tuesday, January 22, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Salem Public Library

On January 22, 2019, the Adult Book Discussion Group will meet at 7:00 pm in the Quaker Room of Salem Public Library to discuss the book The Kurdish Bike by Alesa Lightbourne. The book is the fictional story of single mom Theresa Turner who answers an advertisement to teach at a Kurdish school in Iraq. Thrown into an unknown world, she has to live in a third world country torn apart by war and reconcile with new cultural values. She attempts to make sense of critical issues, like violence, lack of respect for women, poverty and the characteristics of war-ridden areas. As she struggles to implement the school’s rigid curriculum and weathers financial calamity, the purchase of a bicycle lets her explore the beauty of the local bazaar and to occupy two worlds. In one world her colleagues warn her of dangerous challenges such as roads littered with land mines, and in the other she develops a respectfully close relationship with Ara and her daughter Bezma, two women in the local village. The women’s lives, ambitions, and fears soon become enmeshed. Theresa discovers the ability to portray hope through simple relationships and finds meaning in the will to survive.
Copies of the book are available for checkout at the library located at 821 E. State St., Salem, OH. No registration is required to participate and the evening is open to the public and free of any cost. For more information please call the library at 330-332-0042.