St. Louis’ October Book Club

St. Louis’ October Book Club

About the book

The Bohemians by Jasmin Darznik

In this novel of the glittering and gritty Jazz Age, young aspiring photographer Dorothea Lange arrives in San Francisco in 1918. As a newcomer–and a naive one at that–Dorothea is grateful for the fast friendship of Caroline Lee, a vivacious, straight-talking Chinese American with a complicated past, who introduces Dorothea to Monkey Block, an artists’ colony and the bohemian heart of the city. Dazzled by Caroline and her friends, Dorothea is catapulted into a heady new world of freedom, art, and politics. She also finds herself falling in love with the brilliant but troubled painter Maynard Dixon. As she sheds her innocence, her purpose is awakened and she grows into the artist whose iconic Depression-era “Migrant Mother” photograph broke the hearts and opened the eyes of a nation.

A vivid and absorbing portrait of the past, The Bohemians captures a cast of unforgettable characters, including Frida Kahlo, Ansel Adams, and D. H. Lawrence. But moreover, it shows how the gift of friendship and the possibility of self-invention persist against the ferocious pull of history.

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Date

Oct 23 2022
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Time

October 23rd at 3 PM
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Forest Park Visitor Center

Location

Forest Park Visitor Center
Forest Park Visitor Center; 5595 Grand Dr, St. Louis, MO 63112
Category

Organizer

Laura Devault

2 Comments

  1. Judith Alpert says:

    I followed the trail from a meet-up listing. I don’t live in St. Louis but I am in the city 4-5 times a year. Is it necessary to be a member to attend this event? I will be in St. Louis on the 23rd, and am interested in this event.

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