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November 8, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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Virtual: "Dumplin’" by Julie Murphy Book Discussion

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

The CARES Team (Clockers for Anti-Racism, Equity, & Social Justice) would like to invite you to join Ashland High School students, Ashland Public School staff, and the Ashland community for a book group to read and discuss "Dumplin’" by Julie Murphy. Please read pages 292 - 371 for this last session.

Facilitators: Mary Nemeth, Erin Lachapelle, & Karen Waldstein

About the Book:

Dubbed ‘Dumplin' by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked...until Will takes a job at Harpy's, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn't surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant - along with several other unlikely candidates - to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way she'll shock the hell out of Clover City - and maybe herself most of all.” 

You can order a copy of "Dumplin'" from the library's online catalog and we'll have a few copies at the library available for checkout. 

Please Register to receive the zoom link. We will send out the zoom link 24 hours prior to the meetings. 

This program is brought to you in collaboration with the CARES Team, Ashland High School, and the Friends of the Ashland Library. 

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