An email from Amazon invites me to set up a book club using the Amazon platform. It got me thinking about the impact books could have on us. What if we treated our book club selection as a sacred reading to open communications with ourselves to better understand who we are?
Reading allows us to exit our microcosm and see the world through the eyes of those whose lives differ from our own. Isabel Wilkerson's book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, is one such opportunity.
My love for books is rooted deeply in this tradition. Nothing prepared me for life like the books I read as a child. Pollyanna taught me the "glad game" to find the good in all situations. For a few hours, huddled under my duvet, I became ...
A young inmate picks up a rock to throw at a seagull standing in a puddle. Jarvis Master, a black man on death row, raises his arm to stop him. The San Quinten yard got quiet because, in this culture, you stay out of other people's business. Angered, the inmate shouts, "What do you think you are doing?" Jarvis answers, "Don't! That bird's got my wings."
After surveying five thousand book clubs, BookBrowse.com found that 88% of private book clubs are all-women groups. Women are more social, so this was no earth-shattering news. Contrary to what most people think, BookBrowse found that the vast majority of the books were not "beach reading," but books to learn from. Overwhelmingly, book club members wanted books that elicited good conversations.