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Public library seeking monthly book readers

The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library book discussion group needs readers.

Each month there is a new book to read and discuss. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month upstairs in the magazine corner. The next meeting will be Nov. 21. The November book up for discussion is “The Art of Racing in the Rain.”

The appealing narrator is a dog named Enzo, who (of course) cannot communicate as he’d like to, by talking with his family. Instead, he pours his considerable heart and spirit into this book, sharing his experiences and reflections with readers.

Although Enzo is frustrated with his limitations as a canine, he comforts himself with the fact that, according to a documentary he watched about Mongolia (Enzo is a dedicated television viewer), he will be reincarnated as a human. And he knows a lot about being a human after watching his master Denny Swift, who is a hero to him.

At the beginning of the book, Enzo is just barely clinging to life, so he spends time reflecting upon his past. As Denny, who is a race car driver, has told him, drivers cannot contemplate their moves while they make them. Racing is like living; you can only do it and then remember it at a later date. For Enzo, in these last days he immerses himself in memories.

Copies of this book are widely available in the Sage Library System, as well as an audio book version. All readers are welcome, even if they haven’t finished the book. A library card is not required.

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