Lunch at Luann's Book Club to discuss Infidel

The Lunch at Luann’s Book Club will discuss Infidel, by A.H. Ali, on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

The group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. in the Luann Dummer Center for Women, Room 103, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center. Bring your lunch; the event is free and open to everyone. Join in the discussion, even if you have not read or finished the selection.

In this memoir from the internationally renowned author of The Caged Virgin, Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells her life story, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Kenya to her intellectual awakening and activism in the Netherlands, and her current life under armed guard in the West.

Raised in a strict Muslim family and extended clan, Ali survived civil war, female mutilation brutal beatings, adolescence as a devout believer during the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, and life in four troubled, unstable countries largely ruled by despots. In her early 20s, she escaped from a forced marriage and sought asylum in the Netherlands, where she earned a college degree in political science, tried to help her tragically depressed sister adjust to the West, and fought for the rights of Muslim immigrant women and the reform of Islam as a member of Parliament.

Lunch at Luann’s is held weekly on Wednesdays. Book club discussions are held once each month. For more information about Lunch at Luann’s or the book club, e-mail Pat Alexander.