To Kill a Mockingbird: Forty-Fifth Book Wrap Up (By Jessica R)

Last night, we met up at Katie’s and had a wonderfully, jam-packed discussion about… LIFE! Unfortunately, only two of us read Mockingbird in its entirety, but we didn’t let that upset the balance of our meeting. We were able to dig deep into the recesses of everyone’s memories and have a pretty good discussion about the book, but the biggest part of the meeting was celebrating all of the big changes in our lives! From new jobs, to new boyfriends, our Holistic Ladies are at a crossroads in their lives, and are eager to follow new paths. Thank you to everyone for being so supportive of one another and genuinely happy for each other!

As far as Mockingbird, we dove into a discussion about what makes a “Classic” a classic. We agreed that a classic is a book that deals with strong issues of the time. Mockingbird, for example, written in 1960, dealt with race and class in the South. There has been wide-spread controversy surrounding this book since it was written, and it is still banned from some communities.

We discussed the major theme of innocence and the loss of innocence. “It is a sin to kill a mockingbird” because they are innocent. The book had a few characters who were suppose to be “mockingbirds”, and their innocence was discussed. My favorite quote, said by Atticus to his son, Jem, after Tom was found guilty of rape because he was black was: “I don’t know, but they did it. They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again and when they do it — seems that only children weep.”

We decided to pick the next 2 books to make it easier to stay on top of the reading with our new schedules. Our next book is The Vacationers by Emma Straub, which will be discussed at our next meeting on July 15th (this date is tentative because only one of the Ladies was available on the 8th). The book that will be discussed in August will be House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett.

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