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Community Read 2020

Posted: March 9, 2020

By: Brenna Murphy, Readers' Advisory Librarian

The Glen Ellyn Public Library is excited to announce this year’s Community Read, Costalegre by Courtney Maum!

What is the book?

Costalegre takes place in 1930s Mexico, during World War II. A group of artists, all based on real-life Surrealists, have fled Europe and taken up residence in Costalegre on Mexico’s western coast. The story is told from the perspective of 15-year-old Lara, a fictionalized version of Peggy Guggenheim’s daughter. Lara’s tempestuous mother Leonora has gone to great efforts to protect her unique troupe of artists, but she has very little interest in the life of her daughter. Costalegre is a uniquely structured, lyrical coming-of-age story about art, love, and life during war.

Why this book?

We have chosen this book in anticipation of “Frida Kahlo 2020 – Works on Loan from the Dolores Olmedo Museum Collection” at the College of DuPage. Costalegre has artistic connections to the world of Frida. Plus, it’s a great chance to immerse yourself in a Mexican setting that is similar to Frida’s before the exhibit!

What is a community read?

A community read is an exciting chance for Glen Ellyn to come together around one book. Talk to your friends and neighbors about what you’re reading, participate in a book discussion, attend an art-themed program, tell us what you think on social media, or meet the author!

We encourage everyone to pick up a copy of Costalegre on the second floor of the library. Check our online calendar and The Guide in mid-May for various opportunities to join the conversation all summer long!