This Month’s Selections


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Book Club Selections for this month –
October 2018

  Main Selection | Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent 


Oliver Ryan is handsome, charismatic and successful, and has long been married to his devoted wife and professional partner, Alice. Together they write and illustrate award-winning children’s books; their life is one of enviable privilege and ease—until, one evening after a delightful dinner, Oliver delivers a blow to Alice that renders her unconscious and subsequently beats her into a coma. In the aftermath of such an unthinkable event, as Alice hovers between life and death, the couple’s friends, neighbours, and acquaintances try to understand what could have driven Oliver to commit such a horrific act. As his story unfolds, the layers are peeled away to reveal the truth – a life of shame, envy, deception, and masterful manipulation.

About the Author

Liz Nugent has worked in Irish film, theater, and television for most of her adult life. She is an award-winning writer of radio and television drama and has written critically acclaimed short stories both for children and adults, as well as the novels Unraveling Oliver and Lying in Wait. She lives in Dublin. Visit her at or follow her on Twitter at @Lizzienugent.

  Discussion Questions: Unraveling Oliver

  Greek Selection | Demetrios is Now Jimmy by Lazar “Larry” Odzak

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This fascinating book explores the arrival of Greek immigrants to the southern urban areas of USA and their remarkably rapid adjustment to life there. The book contains an extensive overview of the process of “becoming an American.” The adaptation and acculturation of newcomers to life in America involved a constant conflict, seen in members of every ethnic group: a desire to be accepted into the social and economic fabric of the new country, as well as an impulse to maintain and preserve the inherited culture and traditions. The author examines specific southern cities, such as Birmingham, Atlanta, Raleigh, and others, where the immigrant group had barely enough members to create a viable community. Although
numerically small, a number of southern Greek immigrant communities managed to organize and establish a religious and social life. 
Mr Odazk will donate a portion of book sales by DOP to the Foundation.

About the Author

LAZAR “LARRY” ODZAK was born to first generation immigrant parents in Alaska, a few years before it became the 49th state. Drifting south, he completed his studies in Florida, concentrating on 19th and 20th Century US History. In 1998, he moved with his wife Hope to Durham, North Carolina. Both Hope and Larry are engaged parishioners in their local St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church.
In 1984, Larry joined the AHEPA [American Hellenic Educational and Progressive Association], and has remained an active member at the Chapter and District levels. Larry recently retired from his position as an Archivist-Historian at the State Archives, Department of Cultural Resources, in Raleigh, NC; and as a Visiting Scholar at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. Larry continued his research and writing about US and Balkans history. Currently, he is also CEO and chief editor of Monograph Publishers, a firm engaged in publishing histories, biographies, and related works.
Larry maintains his membership in several professional organizations, such as the American Historical Association (AHA), the Society of NC Archivists (SNCA) and the North Carolina Military Historical Society. An enduring interest in the chronicles of Immigration and Ethnicity, potent forces in American History, will sustain his research and writing.

  Discussion Questions: Demetrios is Now Jimmy

  Just for Fun Selection | Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel. Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel is a Tamil boy from Pondicherry who explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He is shipwrecked and survives after spending 227 days stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

About the Author

Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963 of Canadian parents. He grew up in Costa Rica, France, Mexico and Canada, and has traveled extensively on his own. After studying philosophy at university, he worked variously as a dishwasher, tree planter and security guard. Then he began to write. When he’s not living somewhere else, he lives in Montreal.

  Children’s Selection | I Am Jack by Anna Myatt

Kids really like dogs and so every child will enjoy Jack’s story. This heartwarming new book is all about a pet dog’s love for his family. A beautiful story you will want to read to your little one over and over again. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of I am Jack will be donated to the Daughters of Penelope Foundation.

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A Humble Gift by Danielle Lazarakis

A heartwarming tale of two friends celebrating what makes them unique as they explore the beautiful world around them.

About the Author

Danielle Lazarakis is a Greek-American author and illustrator of Children’s Books and Adult Contemporary Fiction. She was born in the San Francisco Bay Area during a time when smart phones didn’t exist, and you had to use the encyclopedia to find out the answers to the fifty-thousand questions that pop into your mind on a daily basis. Despite these struggles, she had an amazing childhood with an amazingly whimsical single mother, who always encouraged imagination and creativity in her two children. Danielle is also an actress, small business owner, and professional living-room fort builder.


Anna Argyris
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