Thursday, April 19 at 12:00 noon
The Wellness Committee and the Staff of McKillop Library invite you to join a Salve Regina community book group. The planning committee has chosen Rhode Island's Ron McLarty's first book:The Memory of Running, Ron McLarty, Viking/Penguin, 2004
Starting in East Providence, RI The Memory of Running relates the odyssey of Smithson Ide, an overweight, friendless, chain-smoking, forty-three-year-old loser. Within the span of one week, Smithyís parents die of injuries from a car accident and he learns his long-lost sisterís remains are waiting to be claimed in a Los Angeles morgue. Smithyís reaction to these tragedies is to climb on his three-speed Raleigh bicycle (long forgotten in his parentís garage) and set off on an incredible cross country ride.
Smithyís trip is more than one of miles logged and states crossed. As he encounters men and women at their best and worst, he begins to remember who he was before beer, Vietnam and loneliness helped him to forget. He starts to find himself - his waistline - and friends as well. (Adapted from the bookjacket)
The Memory of Running is also the 2007 selection for the Reading Across Rhode Island program.
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