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Wednesday, October 28; 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Zoom Reading the Western Landscape Book Group

About This Event

The Arboretum Library’s book group explores the portrayal of western North American landscape in fiction, non-fiction, drama, and poetry, letters, graphic novels, etc.  The group generally meets the last Wednesday of the month in the Arboretum Library or out on the Arboretum grounds, weather and sunlight permitting.  Some dates are not the last Wednesday. Check the dates below.

The group uses the Shared Inquiry™ method developed by the Great Books Foundation.  The chosen book of the month must be read in order to participate.

New members are always welcome!  Click here to see the questions already asked for this year’s past books and check out the history of the book club by hovering on the tab and see all the previous years and books to explore.

COVID-19 Response: This group has decided to move the book club to Zoom for the immediate future. Please be sure to RSVP to if you would like to participate in a specific meeting.  You will be sent the Zoom link for that meeting.

For more information and to be added to the e-mail reminder list about the Book Group, please contact, Arboretum Librarian, Susan Eubank, at 626-821-3213 or  Please be sure to RSVP to Susan if you plan to attend.


September 30, 2020

The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California by Mark Arax, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.

ISBN: 9781101875209

“Traveling ‘from one end of California to the other, from drought to flood to wildfire to mudslide,’ he chronicles in absorbing detail the transformation of the state’s Central Valley from modest seasonal farms to huge agribusinesses exporting pistachios, almonds, mandarins, and pomegranates. Drawing on historical sources and nearly 300 interviews, Arax reveals the consequences to land and wildlife of generations of landowners who have defiantly dug, dammed, and diverted California’s waters. .”—Kirkus Reviews

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