BLT: Books & Lunch on Tuesdays

BLT meets on the second Tuesday of each month at noon. Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for good discussion.

Goodbye, VitaminTuesday, November 13th
Goodbye, Vitamin

by Rachel Khong


When Ruth's mom, Annie, asks her to extend her visit home for Christmas by an entire year, Ruth figures she may as well. She won't be leaving much behind in San Francisco, besides the still-stinging breakup with her fiance, Joel. Besides, Annie needs help: Ruth's dad, Howard, has been extra forgetful and was just told he won't be returning to his job as a university professor. Since Alzheimer's can't be diagnosed in a living person, doctors rule out what Howard doesn't have, and everyone hopes his memory loss might cease, or reverse itself. Annie's convinced the dementia was caused by aluminum cookware, so they subsist on takeout and vitamins. Ruth's younger brother, Linus, is wary of Howard, having witnessed family troubles Ruth was too wrapped up in her life with Joel to notice. Ruth's new preoccupation with memory, in its most concrete form, gives her a different glimpse of her father and family, while they all cope with what they know is a one-way-only illness. In her tender, well-paced debut novel, which spans Ruth's year at home, Khong (All about Eggs, 2017) writes heartbreaking family drama with charm, perfect prose, and deadpan humor. - Booklist (starred review)

NPR Book Review: Goodbye, Vitamin

History of WolvesUp next in December:
by Ben Mezrich


Where: Howe Library
Room: Rotary Room
Time: 12:00 - 1:00