AARP Oregon Virtual Book Club

Tuesday, Jun 8, 2021
From 4:30pm to 5:30pm Pacific Time

Online event

Contact: AARP Oregon

Join us on Tuesday, June 8th for next meeting of the AARP Oregon Virtual Book Club!

You helped us choose our next book: The Good Earth

 The Good Earth 1The Good Earth is a historical fiction novel by American author Pearl S. Buck published in 1931 that dramatizes family life in a Chinese village in the early 20th century. It was the best-selling novel in the United States in both 1931 and 1932, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1932, and was influential in Buck's winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938. Buck, who grew up in China as the daughter of missionaries, wrote the book while living in China and drew on her first-hand observation of Chinese village life.

The novel was included in Life Magazine's list of the 100 outstanding books of 1924–1944.[2] In 2004, the book returned to the bestseller list when chosen by the television host Oprah Winfrey for Oprah's Book Club. (Source:
This tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall.
Hard times come upon Wang Lung and his family when flood and drought force them to seek work in the city. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls. (less) 

About the Writer: Pearl Sydenstricker Buck (June 26, 1892 – March 6, 1973) also known by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhu was an American writer and novelist. As the daughter of missionaries, Buck spent most of her life before 1934 in Zhenjiang, China. Her novel The Good Earth was the best-selling fiction book in the United States in 1931 and 1932 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. In 1938, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces".[1] She was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. 

After returning to the United States in 1935, she continued writing prolifically, became a prominent advocate of the rights of women and minority groups, and wrote widely on Chinese and Asian cultures, becoming particularly well known for her efforts on behalf of Asian and mixed-race adoption. (Source:


We hope you enjoy reading this book and join us on June 8yh for our next book club meeting to discuss the book and choose our second book. Please scroll down to register for the event and get a timely reminder with a link for the meeting

In the meantime, we have put together some ideas of accessing books for free from various sources. Find that free books tip sheet free books tip sheet.

See you in June Happy reading! 


 AARP Oregon Virtual Book Club is a volunteer-led virtual book club where you - the reader - chooses the books we read. We meet every two months on the 2nd Tuesday at 4:30pm to connect with each other, share our love of books and discuss the work we just read and choose the next book. 

The book club meets over Zoom. Please scroll all the way down down to register.  The link to the Zoom meeting will be send with the event reminder.


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