BI-MONTHLY BOOK CLUB

Every other month, our book club selects a compelling book related to mental health, and meets as a group on the 3rd Monday of the month to discuss the featured book. The club provides an opportunity to share thoughts and ideas, and to meet others who have loved ones with mental health challenges. The club promises a safe, confidential and stimulating discussion among peers. 

WHEN:

We meet every other month, on the 3rd Monday,

from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. 

 

WHERE:

Christ Church, *Parish House Library

254 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT **06830

*Located to the right of the church - parking is available in the front circular driveway, or behind the church in the school's lot

**Please note, when plugging the address into a GPS, please include the 06830 zip code.  When the zip code is not used, many GPS programs will route you to Cos Cob School, 1 mile East, in the neighboring zip code.

If you can join us, please RSVP to Susan

at craws@optonline.net.

2019 BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS

(Please make every effort to read the selected book so you can participate in the discussion.)

"Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother's Love" by Zack McDermott

1/27/2020

"Zack McDermott, a 26-year-old Brooklyn public defender, woke up one morning convinced he was being filmed, Truman Show-style, as part of an audition for a TV pilot. Every passerby was an actor; every car would magically stop for him; everything he saw was a cue from "The Producer" to help inspire the performance of a lifetime. After a manic spree around Manhattan, Zack, who is bipolar, was arrested on a subway platform and admitted to Bellevue Hospital.

So begins the story of Zack's freefall into psychosis and his desperate, poignant, often hilarious struggle to claw his way back to sanity. It's a journey that will take him from New York City back to his Kansas roots and to the one person who might be able to save him, his tough, big-hearted Midwestern mother, nicknamed the Bird, whose fierce and steadfast love is the light in Zack's dark world.

Before his odyssey is over, Zack will be tackled by guards in mental wards, run naked through cornfields, receive secret messages from the TV, befriend a former Navy Seal and his talking stuffed monkey, and see the Virgin Mary in the whorls of his own back hair. But with the Bird's help, he just might have a shot at pulling through, starting over, and maybe even meeting a partner who can love him back, bipolar and all.

Introducing an electrifying new voice, GORILLA AND THE BIRD is a raw and unforgettable account of a young man's unraveling and the relationship that saves him
." (Amazon)

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