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Sharon Ogorzalek moved to Schaumburg 38 years ago. “I got my Library card immediately after moving,” Sharon said. “I’m still a frequent flyer at the Library, but first and foremost, I enjoy finding interesting new books to read at the Library.” Sharon sitting with Pachinko

Earlier this year, Sharon was thrilled to learn we’d be reading Pachinko by Min Jin Lee for One Book, One Community. “I read Pachinko in the fall of 2018,” Sharon said. It’s beautifully written and is a testament to universal truths. This book places a spotlight on Koreans in Japan and the difficulties they faced in the mid twentieth century, yet it’s not difficult to draw a line to the current immigrant experience here in America.”

We like to select a book that we believe our community will relate to and will get them talking. Sharon thinks Pachinko will do just that, noting there’s much to discuss about this “unique, sweeping generational story filled with unforgettable characters who struggle with questions of right and wrong, survival, loyalty and deceit.”

Sharon is particularly looking forward to author Min Jin Lee’s visit on Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts. Sharon notes that she has many questions she’d love to ask Ms. Lee, but she’s particularly curious to know if life is any better today for people of Korean ancestry living and working in Japan.

Read the book and join Sharon in the conversation as part of our One Book, One Community initiative.