Fourscore and seven years ago Elvira brought forth on this book club a new book, proposed simply because it was found behind her studio’s refrigerator and it happened to be on a list of books to read on some website. OK – She did not propose it 87 years ago, but it was proposed long enough for the ladies to chuckle every time we had to pick a new book. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, postponed for ages, was loved within a month. Mark Haddon, its author, tells the story of a teenage autistic boy, Christopher, who discovers his neighbor’s dog dead and goes on a “sherlockhomian” quest to find the cause. From Christopher’s view, the reader is taken on a journey of harsh reality through an autistic mind, all while feeling a sense of innocence and airiness through the reading.
During the discussion we explored different themes: divorce, socioeconomic setting, school system lack of readiness for special needs children, verbal vs. nonverbal communication, the “what ifs” of having a child with disability, and parental role reversal to name a few. The HL book club highly recommends this read, however, be warned that the audio book version may not an enjoyable option. Brooke will be happy to tell you how painful it was to hear it and not read it.
Here are a couple of quotes brought forth by the ladies:
- “Prime numbers are what is left when you take all the patterns away. I think prime numbers are like life.”
- “And I said I wouldn’t mind things changing if I became an astronaut, for example, which is one of the biggest changes you can imagine, apart from becoming a girl or dying.”
Our next book is: “A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman” by Lisa Shannon. Here is the book description: “Lisa Shannon had what some would call a good life—her own business, a successful fiancé, a secure home. Then one day in 2005, shortly after her father’s death, an episode of Oprah changed everything. The show about women in the Congo depicted atrocities too horrible to comprehend: millions dead, women gang-raped and tortured, children starving and dying in shocking numbers. That day Lisa woke up to her dissatisfaction with the “good” life and to her role as an activist and a sister. She created a foundation called Run for Congo Women, with the goal to raise money to sponsor 30 Congolese women. What started as a solo 30-mile run has now grown into a national organization in connection with Women for Women International. Run for Congo Women holds fundraising runs in four countries and ten states, and continues to raise money and awareness. In A Thousand Sisters, Lisa shares firsthand accounts of her experiences visiting the Congo, the women she’s helped, and the relationships she’s formed. With compelling stories of why she remains committed to this cause, Lisa inspires her audience to reach out and help as well, forming a sisterhood that transcends geographic boundaries.”
Get a copy and read along with us this month.
The book club will meet again Jan 08th 2013!