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Books on Tap

February 25 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Books on Tap meets the 4th Thursday of every month. We discuss both fiction and non-fiction books that are selected by the group. February’s selection— Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue—is available now at our Circulation desk. You can also pick up a copy using our Curbside Pickup service by calling (814) 536-5131, option 1. Meetings are temporarily being held virtually and can be joined easily from your computer, tablet or smartphone. When it’s safe to do so, we’ll resume our monthly meetings at various restaurants in the Johnstown area.

If you would like to join us, please email hessr@cclsys.org for more information.


New York Times Bestseller • Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award • Longlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award • An ALA Notable Book
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • The New York Times Book Review • San Francisco Chronicle • The Guardian • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Chicago Public Library • BookPage • Refinery29 • Kirkus Reviews

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.
However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades.
When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job—even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.


February 25
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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