Explore New Books Each Month at Bucks

Book Discussion Group talks about 'This is How You Lose Her' June 13; meetings resume in Sept. 

Delve into fascinating books by dropping in on the Bucks County Community College Book Discussion Group. The free, informal gatherings take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month during the academic year on the college’s Newtown campus.

On Thursday June 13, the group will discuss This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz. A collection of nine stories focus on Yunior, a Dominican American who, despite his macho exterior, aches to be loved. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author takes Yunior’s heart and batters it every which way to show how love – romantic, physical, or familial – can affect even the most masculine character.

Michael Hennessey, the literature professor who convenes the meetings, says group members come from a variety of backgrounds, but share a love of reading.

“We love to read and consider it a social activity; by that I mean reading is a conversation, first between reader and text,” says Hennessey. “We like to share our thoughts with others to verify how well (or not) we understand the text and its relation to ourselves and the larger world. [The group is] pretty much readers engaging the world through particular lenses or texts that intrigue us.”

The intriguing stories are chosen by the group, Hennessey says. “At the last meeting each semester, participants suggest and ‘sell’ titles they’d like to discuss next semester. We vote on the suggestions. It’s very democratic this way.”

Title selections for September to December will be made at the June meeting.

Founded in 1988, the Bucks County Community College Book Discussion Group meets in room 114 of the Rollins Center, located near the Student Life office. The campus is located at 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, Pa.  For more information, contact Michael Hennesseyat 215-968-8164 or hennesse@bucks.edu.

Jean Dolan
Assistant Director, Public Relations