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DPL Book Club: The Upside
February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$7
February’s selection is The Upside, also published as You Changed My Life, by Abdel Sellou.
The memoir tells the extraordinary true story of the charming Algerian con-man whose friendship with a disabled French aristocrat inspired the record-breaking hit film, The Intouchables (remade in the US as The Upside (2019)).
Sellou’s fictional reincarnation, Driss, played to critical acclaim by French comedian Omar Sy in the movie Les Intouchables, captured the hearts of millions. Already a bestseller in France and Germany, his memoir shows us the real man behind Sy’s edgy charm. The book takes us from his childhood spent stealing candy from the local grocery store, to his career as a pickpocket and scam artist, to his unexpected employment as a companion for a quadriplegic.
Sellou has never before divulged the details of his past. In many interviews and documentaries, he has evaded or shrugged off the question of his childhood and his stay in prison, until now. He tells his story with a stunning amount of talent, with humor, style, and-though he denies that he has any-humility.
Sellou’s idiosyncratic and candidly charming voice is magnificently captured in this memoir, a fact to which his friend Philippe Pozzo di Borgo testifies in his touching preface for the book.
Copies of the book are available for request at Dormont Library. Unfortunately, eBook copies are not available through Libby.
The book club will be held at Arsenal Tap House on West Liberty Ave. There is a $7 beverage fee, payable to the server. Must be 21 and over to attend.
To RSVP for the Book Club, please call 412-531-8754 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.