Kansas City
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Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group on Zoom for the discussion of the book Colors of the Mountain by Da Chen.  The book is available by mail order through the Rainy Day Books web site or call the store for curb-side pickup.  The discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.

About the book:

Da Chen was born in 1962, the Year of Great Starvation.  Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution was about to engulf millions of Chinese citizens, the Red Guard to enforce a brutal regime of communism.  Chen’s family belongs to the despised landlord class, and as he grows up Chen’s father and grandfather are routinely beaten and sent to labor camps.  Buoyed up be a devoted family, the young Da Chen is part Horatio Alger, part Holden Caulfield; he befriends a gang of hoodlums as well as an elegant, elderly Chinese Baptist woman who teaches him English and opens the door to a new life.  Rich with scenes of rural life – catching frogs, working the rice fields, feasting on oysters and fried peanuts – Colors of the Mountain is a memoir of a boyhood full of spunk, mischief, and love; and an exhilarating account of success in the face of adversity.