On Tuesday August 23, 2016 from 3:00PM-4:00PM, the Bellevue University Library will conduct its first student book club discussion in the Library Classroom Room 460. Students and Library staff will meet to discuss the book Eleanor & Park, written by Rainbow Rowell in 2013.
The two main characters are Eleanor and Park. Eleanor, who comes from a low-income large family, with an abusive stepfather, and yet is one of the most gifted students, is oftentimes bullied at school.
Park, who is half Korean, and passably popular, comes from a loving, middle-class family but doesn’t always measure up to being as masculine as his dad would hope. The story begins with Park offering his seat to Eleanor on the school bus. The two misfits gradually connect through comic books and ‘80s music.
While Eleanor and Park is classified as a contemporary young adult book, it has universal themes that can be identified by anyone who has survived high school. We encourage you to attend the book discussion even if you did not finish or did not like the book. If you do not live in the Omaha area, the Bellevue University Library Student Book Club has a page on Goodreads and is located here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/192359-bellevue-university-student-book-club-fy16-17 Feel free to join in the discussion at any time.
The Library’s copy of Eleanor and Park can be found in the general collection. The call number is: PS3618.O8755 E443 2013.