Both of my children attend the same high school, so I decided to try to be active in the parents’ association. When I saw they had a book club, I was like-hell yes! So I signed up!
Now this was not my first book club. I did belong to one that consisted mostly of the moms of my kids’ friends, all in my town. “Book Club” consisted of usually 10-15 of these moms-those lucky enough to have a sitter, or a husband who didn’t work too late that night. There was spinach dip, cookies, oh and wine, LOTS of wine. The book cam up once that evening, usually half way through, when someone hesitantly said-“shouldn’t we talk about the book?” The discussion would last about ten minutes because only 3-4 people had actually read it, then the dessert would come out and more wine, of course. Now don’t get me wrong- this was enjoyable. I got to see some friends I didn’t see too often otherwise. But it was certainly not about the book. EXCEPT the time they chose to read Fifty Shades of Grey– not kidding. Then, the entire group not only showed up, but they had ALL read it. The host even went a little too out of her way to have the snacks tie in with the book. Less said, the better!
Fast forward to this week, for the new book club.
It was held in a beautiful room in the high school (where I guess they usually ask people for $) There was water, and salad, some hummus- an actual healthy lunch fro a local place.
And one of the teachers from the English department chose the book-The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian– and was our guest speaker.
And guess what? It was AWESOME!
Everyone read the book! People came ready to discuss it! And the teacher- a wonderful woman who I wish I was friends with- was brilliant. Not only did she discuss the book, but she asked us about certain themes- Hope, Despair, Racism. I wanted to take her 9th grade Lit class!
I will confess that I had actually forgotten to read the book before last weekend. Thankfully it is a very quick read.
But now I am desperate to belong to a book club that actually want to read! And not trashy books, or quick beach reads.
I will have to see what I can find. Until then, I will enjoy being a part of this new book club, which unfortunately does not li,it itself to literature or even fiction. The next guest is a physics professor, and yea has chosen Biomimcry as our next book. Uh oh…..
By the way- I loved the book. It will be on my list of favorite reads. I am so glad my daughter had to read it over the summer.