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One Book, One Henderson

A Good Book Brings a Community Together

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

Do you love book clubs? Here's one for our entire community! Join Henderson Libraries and your fellow book-lovers this summer as we read and discuss the novel, The Island of Sea Women, written by Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author of more than ten books, including The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, and On Gold Mountain.
We have copies available at our libraries and online, both in English and Spanish. Read the book, return it or share it with a friend, and then join us on July 27 for a Virtual Author Visit with Lisa See.

What is this book about?
The Island of Sea Women is a classic tale about the endurance of friendship. Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on a Korean island, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working with their village's all-female diving collective. Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook's differences are impossible to ignore. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.

Where can I find the book online?
The ebook and audiobook are available from Libby/OverDrive. All you need is your library card to log in!
My book club is interested. How can we reserve copies?
We have Book Club in a Bag copies available which include 6 paperbacks, plus discussion question. To reserve a bag, please contact Danelia at

When is the book discussion with Lisa See?
Our Virtual Author Visit with Lisa See will be on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 6pm. You can watch from home, or come to the watch party at the Paseo Verde Library with others who read the book. 

What other programs are you offering?
We will be offering a variety of programs leading up to our Virtual Author Visit! 
  • Korean Dance Performance by the Gina Kim Korean Dance Academy
    Friday, June 10 at 10am (Paseo Verde Library)
    Thursday, June 16 at 2pm (Gibson Library)
  • Sand Art Take & Make Craft Kit
    Available at Henderson Libraries locations starting Tuesday, June 21 (while supplies last)
  • Haenyeo: Wisdom of the Sea Documentary Film Screening
    Thursday, July 14 at 5pm (Paseo Verde Library)
  • Gochugaru Spice World Kit
    Available at Henderson Libraries locations starting Tuesday, July 19 (while supplies last)
  • South Korea: The Culture, presented by the Las Vegas Korean American Association
    Thursday, July 21 at 5:30pm (Gibson Library)

Funds for the project have been provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records.