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Library Book Club: West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge

June 27 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Main Branch Book Clubs

Join the Main Library’s Book Club, hosted by Librarian, Robby Camastro.  We will be reading the highly acclaimed novel, West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge. Copies of this book are located in our library catalog.

An emotional, rousing novel inspired by the incredible true story of two giraffes who made headlines and won the hearts of Depression-era America.

“Few true friends have I known and two were giraffes…”

Woodrow Wilson Nickel, age 105, feels his life ebbing away. But when he learns giraffes are going extinct, he finds himself recalling the unforgettable experience he cannot take to his grave.

It’s 1938. The Great Depression lingers. Hitler is threatening Europe, and world-weary Americans long for wonder. They find it in two giraffes who miraculously survive a hurricane while crossing the Atlantic. What follows is a twelve-day road trip in a custom truck to deliver Southern California’s first giraffes to the San Diego Zoo. Behind the wheel is the young Dust Bowl rowdy Woodrow. Inspired by true events, the tale weaves real-life figures with fictional ones, including the world’s first female zoo director, a crusty old man with a past, a young female photographer with a secret, and assorted reprobates as spotty as the giraffes.

Part adventure, part historical saga, and part coming-of-age love story, West with Giraffes explores what it means to be changed by the grace of animals, the kindness of strangers, the passing of time, and a story told before it’s too late.

Book Club will meet at the Main Library at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2024.

Registration is recommended but not required. Register online or via email: rcamastro@sjcfl.us

Beverages and a light snack will be provided by the Friends of the Main Library.

New members are always welcome!


June 27
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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