Start: 7:00 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes The Diesel Readers back to the store to discuss The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar on Monday, February 4th at 7pm.The Barbarian Nurseries is the winner of the California Book Award for FictionScott and Maureen Torres-Thompson have always relied on others to run their Orange County home. However, when bad investments crater their bank account, it all comes down to Araceli - their somewhat prickly Mexican maid. One night, an argument between the couple turns physical, and a misunderstanding leaves the children in Araceli’s care. Their parents unreachable, she takes them to central Los Angeles in the hopes of finding Scott’s estranged Mexican father, an earnest quest that soon becomes a colossal misadventure, with consequences that ripple through every strata of the sprawling city. Héctor Tobar's The Barbarian Nurseries is a masterful tale of contemporary Los Angeles, a novel as alive as the city itself.Hector Tobar, a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a novelist. Tobar is the author of Translation Nation and The Tattooed Soldier. The son of Guatemalan immigrants, he is a native of the city of Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and three children.