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Cynthia White
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Colusa, CA  95932


DECEMBER 2017

Barkskins by Annie Proulx
Meeting Date:  12/7/17

In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a “seigneur,” for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters—barkskins. René suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he is charged with clearing. He is forced to marry a Mi’kmaw woman and their descendants live trapped between two inimical cultures. But Duquet, crafty and ruthless, runs away from the seigneur, becomes a fur trader, then sets up a timber business. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years—their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions—the revenge of rivals, accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks, and cultural annihilation. Over and over again, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse.

Past Selections
October 2017:  Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
September 2017:  Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
May 2017: The Green Road by Anne Enright
March/April 2017: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
February 2017: Wintering by Peter Geye
January 2017: 11-22-63 by Stephen King


Upcoming Book Titles & Meeting Dates
Barkskins by Annie Proulx, 12/7/17
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende, 1/25/18
The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan, 3/1/18
Virginia Yerxa Community Read Selection to be Announced, 4/5/18
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, 5/25/18