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Piper Center gives bookworms reading lineup

February 05, 2008

Two novels, three books of poetry, and two memoirs are on the remaining lineup for winter and spring for ASU’s Piper Writers Center Online Book Club.

The calendar includes:

• February – “Kinky,” poetry by Denise Duhamel, and “Tender Hooks” by Beth Ann Fennelly. Duhamel tackles the legacy of Barbie, while Fennelly looks at motherhood.

• March – “Persepolis & Persepolis 2,” by Marjane Satrapi, a comic-strip-format story of the author’s life in Tehran from ages 6 to 14, which saw the overthrow of the Shah and the triumph of the Islamic Revolution. Satrapi returns to Iran after graduating from high school in Vienna and must confront the changes she and her country have undergone in her absence.

• April – “An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England,” a novel by Brock Clarke. The story: Sam Pulsifer spent 10 years in prison for accidentally burning down poet Emily Dickenson’s house – and unwittingly killing two people in the process. To prove his innocence in a new spate of fires, he must uncover the identity of an arsonist who is torching the homes of famous New England writers.

• May – “As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl,” written by John Colapinto. This is the true story of Colapinto’s tragic childhood after his family agreed to a radical treatment for him after a botched circumcision.

• June – “What’s Written on the Body,” poetry by Peter Pereira. The author draws the physical self into the poetic interplay between intellect and imagination, with the themes of medicine, religion and gay domestic life.

The Piper Online Book Club is free and open to the public. To sign up, visit the Web site www.asu/edu/piper.

For more information, contact Aimee Baker at (480) 965-9097.