Armchair Adventure Book Club: The Devil's Highway

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6:30 PM
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Tempe Public Library
3500 S Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282
Arizona Cypress Program Room

Hosted by Tempe resident bibliophile Tracy Sobers

What to Bring? You do not need to bring anything. Simply read the book (or listen to the audio book) before attending the meeting. It can be useful if you bring your physical or digital copy of the book.

Who? This is a fun book club event that men and women from the neighborhood potluck list are invited to, along with everybody else who is interested.

This will be the fourth meeting of this very-new book club. We had so much fun at the first three meetings, with wonderful, fascinating discussions with great neighbors and new friends. If you like books or films or interesting discussions... or simply want to have fun meeting new people, I highly recommend RSVP-ing for this event.

The Book: The Devil's Highway: A True Story, by Luis Alberto Urrea. 256 pages.

From a Pulitzer Prize finalist, "the single most compelling, lucid, and lyrical contemporary account of the absurdity of U.S. border policy" (The Atlantic).

May 2001, a group of men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadliest region of the continent, the "Devil's Highway." Three years later, Luis Alberto Urrea wrote about what happened to them. The result was a national bestseller, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a "book of the year" in multiple newspapers, and a work proclaimed as a modern American classic. This book was chosen as the book club's selection in part because the author often comes to the Phoenix area, and we may be able to see him at a future speaking engagement or appearance.

Also: This author will be appearing at the Tucson Festival of Books, which will be held on March 4 and 5, 2023. The book club is planning a trip to attend the festival as a group.

NOTE: 13 people attended the Book Club meeting on November 30. There is significant interest in these events. We are reserving a larger room in the Tempe library for the December event. If the number of people who RSVP exceeds 12 people - a number the organizers feel is optimal for a fun discussion in which everybody can participate, then we will split into two separate rooms.