MarkForBlogI don’t know if many of you are aware of this, but we do a bimonthly book club here at the Salzmann Library, directed by Kathy. I forgot to put the last one in the blogs, and it is a shame, because we had the author of the book here to discuss. However, the next one coming up is on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. here at Salzmann Library. The book that they are going to be discussing is “Rescuing Regina: The Battle to Save a Friend from Deportation and Death” by Josephe Flynn. 

(Book description taken from the Amazon website.)  “Regina Bakala found herself in just this situation ten years after escaping the Congo and settling in the United States. Upon arrival, Regina had worked with an immigration lawyer, then joyfully reunited with her husband, also a Congolese torture survivor, and had two children. Life was challenging but full of hope until the night there was a knock at the door and immigration agents burst in. They forced Regina from her home as her family watched, then locked her in prison to await deportation to certain death.

In ‘Rescuing Regina,’ author Josephe Marie Flynn tells Regina’s powerful story – and how her husband, a pit-bull lawyer, a group of volunteers, and a feisty nun set aside political differences to galvanize a movement to save her. Revealing what she uncovered about U.S. immigration policies and the dangers faced by those escaping war crimes, Flynn exposes an America most never see: a vast underbelly of injustice, a harsh detention and deportation system, and a frighteningly arbitrary asylum process. In their battle for justice, Regina and Josephe not only confronted dangerous obstacles but also reawakened emotions and traumas from the past. A compelling story of a quest for justice, ‘Rescuing Regina’ is also a tale of friendship, faith, hope, and the transformative journey of two friends.”

Josephe will be attending this book discussion, and has said that she will have books to purchase, as well as sign, for anybody interested. It is a good time to sit and discuss amongst friends, and anybody is welcome to attend. Cookies and coffee/water are also available throughout the evening.

As always, if you have any ideas and comments for things I could change, please let me know. If you have any books that you have read or have read the books I mention, please leave a comment. We here at Salzmann also want to know what people are reading. These are always appreciated, and anything I can do to make this better I will strive my best to accomplish.

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