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Biography and Memoirs Book Discussion Group

Join us as we discuss great lives and times as presented in biographies and memoirs.
All discussions are free and there is no registration required
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month @ 10:30 am
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library Community Meeting Room
For information call the Library at 310-618-5959



Reminiscences of a Ranger:

Early Times in Southern California

by Horace Bell

Thursday, March 13 at 10:30 am

Gun fights and general lawlessness were common in the frontier cities of the American West.  Tombstone and Dodge City are legendary.  But neither saw violence approaching that of Los Angeles in the 1850s.  To combat the lawlessness, in 1853 the citizens of Los Angeles formed a volunteer mounted police force known as the Los Angeles Rangers.  Under the command of Captain Alexander Hope, the Rangers strove to keep the peace within the city, and they hunted down bandits and murderers in the surrounding region, including several connected with Joaquin Murrieta's band.


Girls Like Us:

Carol King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon and the Journey of a Generation

by Shiela Weller

Thursday, April 10 at 10:30 am

A colorful and intimate portrait of three of the twentieth century' most important musical artists offers a female perspective on coming of age during the 1960s as viewed through the lives and careers of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon, capturing the three women's diverse backgrounds, their individual personalities, and their seminal contribution to modern music.


Daughter of a Gun

by Kaori Tanegashima

Thursday, May 8 at 10:30 am

This is not your usual autobiography chronicling dates, events, people and places in a person's life.  In "Daughter of a Gun" the reader walks beside Kaori beginning when she is born in Beijing to Japanese parents who were expecting a boy.  The family lived in great comfort in one of the former German colonies in China.  This ends abruptly when they are expelled and repatriated to Sasebo, Japan, a suburb of Nagasaki.  We now encounter and follow Kaori, a person born to survive, as she becomes a serious contributor to the family's food supply at age nine and in her intrepid march through the Japanese schools with their draconian determination to turn girls into properly submissive women.  Submission was not in her plans.  Escaping to America was.  At age 19, she is on her way to a new life in Los Angeles.

First Ever Best Biography Bout!

Thursday, June 12 at 10:30 am

Has a biography or memoir really affected you?  What biography would you place on the high school reading list?  Is there a memoir that you feel would make everyone who read it a better person?  Has a biography been just a very good read?  Can you explain how great your book is in three minutes or less?  If so, bring it to the June 12th meeting of the Torrance Library Biography and Memoir Book Club.  Share a great read!