Bryan, Alexis, and Davis are thrilled to be sharing one of their favorite books with all of you this month! Our June Book du Mois is Ocean Vuong’s seemingly autobiographical novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. Vuong’s protagonist, Little Dog, writes a letter to his mother, who cannot read or speak English, describing the events of his life with both compassion and brutal honestly. Vuong explores the realities of race, class, and masculinity as Little Dog struggles with domestic violence, drug abuse, and the inter-generational trauma of the Vietnam War. This coming of age novel reveals the power and joy of telling one’s own story, and is also a part of our Pride Month reading list.
As you enjoy this tough but rewarding read, burn this month’s Candle du Mois created by our favorite candle-maker, Maria of Jules & Esther. This month’s candle is called Trà Lài and is a lovely blend of sweetgrass, jasmine, lily, amber, musk, and vetiver.
Our June Book du Mois discussion will kick off Beausoleil’s First Annual Pride Day, and The Whisper Room will be serving this month's Cocktail du Mois, Little Dog, a unique blending of flavors meant for the drinker who relishes in every sip. The Little Dog gives the initial kick of cognac and lemon juice, and follows with a smooth aftertaste of vanilla and jasmine tea. This cocktail is what we would call a palate punch, in the bet possible way.
We will be meeting in The Whisper Room to discuss On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous on Saturday June 26 at 11:30. Readers should know that this book includes depictions of domestic abuse, drug addiction, homophobia, mental illness, violence, and war.
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