Book Groups

HPL Book Group

The Street by Ann Petry
Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00

THE STREET tells the poignant, often heartbreaking story of Lutie Johnson, a young black woman, and her spirited struggle to raise her son amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s. Originally published in 1946 and hailed by critics as a masterwork, The Street was Ann Petry's first novel, a beloved bestseller with more than a million copies in print. Its haunting tale still resonates today.

This book group will be held virtually on Zoom. This book can be found on our digital lending platform, Hoopla. For more information or help accessing the book, please email hiref@ocln.org.

To join us for book group, please register online, and we'll email you the Zoom meeting link the day of the meeting.

Details:

  • The HPL Book Group meets the last Tuesday of each month (except December)
  • New Members are always welcome
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Books on Tap!

A Spy in the Struggle by Aya de León
Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00

This book group will be held virtually on Zoom.

To join us for book group, please register online, and we’ll email you the Zoom meeting link the day of the meeting.

  • Books on Tap meets the second Tuesday of each month
  • New Members are always welcome

About the Book

Since childhood, Yolanda Vance has forged her desire to escape poverty into a laser-like focus that took her through prep school and Harvard Law. So when her prestigious New York law firm is raided by the FBI, Yolanda turns in her corrupt bosses to save her career--and goes to work for the Bureau. Soon she's sent undercover at Red, Black, and Green--an African-American "extremist" activist group back in her California college town. They claim a biotech corporation fueled by Pentagon funding is exploiting the neighborhood. But Yolanda is determined to put this assignment in her win column, head back to corporate law, and regain her comfortable life...

Until an unexpected romance opens her heart--and a suspicious death opens her eyes. Menacing dark money forces will do anything to bury Yolanda and the movement. Fueled by memories of who she once was--and what once really mattered most--how can she tell those who've come to trust her that she's been spying? As the stakes escalate, and one misstep could cost her life, Yolanda will have to choose between betraying the cause of her people or invoking the wrath of the country's most powerful law enforcement agency.

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A Spy in the Struggle book cover