EventsLet's read "Nowhere Girl" with the @FulcoLibrary Online Book Club

Let's read "Nowhere Girl" with the @FulcoLibrary Online Book Club

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Have you always wanted to join a book club, but couldn’t find the time? The Fulton County Library System has a new online option for you!

The online book club is a private moderated online forum where community members discuss books and network with each other. Members participate according to their schedule – day or night. The group will spend approximately two months on each book, so there is plenty of time to read.

The next session of the book club will start on May 27, 2022. Club members typically read two chapters per week, so you can join at any time without falling behind.

Sign up at to join the group for the next book discussion, Nowhere Girl: a Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood.

The incredible true story of a family built on lies.

What if the people you love most are not who you thought they were? What if you don’t know who you are, either? Cheryl Diamond’s memoir begins when she is four and her family is in Kashmir, India, hurtling down the Himalayas in their battered station wagon headed for the Golden Temple, the holiest site in the Sikh religion. The family are Sikhs. Today. In a few years they will be Jewish. Cheryl’s name is Harbhajan. Today. But in a few years she will be Crystal. By the time she turns nine, Cheryl has had at least six assumed identities. She has lived on five continents, fleeing the specter of Interpol and law enforcement. Her father, a master financial criminal, or so she believes, uproots the family at the slightest sign of suspicion.

Despite the strange circumstances, Diamond’s life as a young child is mostly joyful and exciting, her family of five a tiny, happy circle unto themselves. Even as she learn how to forge identity papers and fix a car with chicken wire, she somehow becomes a near-Olympic-level athlete and then an international teenage model. She even publishes a book about it. As she grows older, though, things get darker. Her identity is burned again and again, leaving her with no past, no proof even that she exists, and her family—the only people she has in the world—begins to unravel. Love and trust turn to fear and violence. Secrets are revealed, and she is betrayed by those on whom she relies most.

Slowly, Diamond begins to realize that her life itself might be a big con. Surviving would require her to escape, and we root for this determined woman as she unlearns all the rules of her family. Cinematic and witty, Nowhere Girl is an impossible-to-believe true story of self-discovery and triumph.

There is no cost to participate. Free eBooks, books and audiobooks are available for patrons of The Fulton County Library System.

Suggested Schedule

On May 27th, reply to our Before the Book question and start reading
By June 10th, finish reading Prologue, Chapters 1-7
By June 17th, finish reading Chapters 8-19
By June 24th, finish reading Chapters 20-28
By July 8th, finish reading Chapters 29-37
By July 22nd, finish reading the book and comment on our After the Book discussion topic

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