SDAEP is excited to announce our selection for the Spring Book Club! We have decided to mix it up by selecting a fictional novel and delving into a dystopian world with the National Bestseller American War by Omar El Akkad. Named a New York Times Notable Book and One of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, GQ, Esquire, and The Guardian.
About the Book
Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, and that unmanned drones fill the sky. When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she begins to grow up shaped by her particular time and place. But not everyone at Camp Patience is who they claim to be. Eventually Sarat is befriended by a mysterious functionary, under whose influence she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. The decisions that she makes will have tremendous consequences not just for Sarat but for her family and her country, rippling through generations of strangers and kin alike.
Interested in being more involved? We are looking for a volunteer Book Club Leader to facilitate this quarter’s selection! If you have any questions or want any more information as to what this would involve, please don’t hesitate to contact Chapter Director, Corinne Lytle Bonine at or 619-241-1225.