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.)

(We have cancelled the book club discussion scheduled for March 16. We plan to meet on Monday, May 18, at which time we'll discuss "Everything Here Is Beautiful" and "Running With Scissors.")

"Everything Here Is Beautiful" by Mira T. Lee

5/18/2020

"A dazzling novel of two sisters and their emotional journey through love, loyalty, and heartbreak

Two Chinese-American sisters—Miranda, the older, responsible one, always her younger sister’s protector; Lucia, the headstrong, unpredictable one, whose impulses are huge and, often, life changing. When Lucia starts hearing voices, it is Miranda who must find a way to reach her sister. Lucia impetuously plows ahead, but the bitter constant is that she is, in fact, mentally ill. Lucia lives life on a grand scale, until, inevitably, she crashes to earth.
 
Miranda leaves her own self-contained life in Switzerland to rescue her sister again—but only Lucia can decide whether she wants to be saved. The bonds of sisterly devotion stretch across oceans—but what does it take to break them?
 
Everything Here Is Beautiful is, at its heart, an immigrant story, and a young woman’s quest to find fulfillment and a life unconstrained by her illness. But it’s also an unforgettable, gut-wrenching story of the sacrifices we make to truly love someone—and when loyalty to one’s self must prevail over all." (Amazon)

"Running With Scissors: A Memoir" by Augusten Burroughs

5/18/2020

"Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her unorthodox psychiatrist who bore a striking resemblance to Santa Claus. So at the age of twelve, Burroughs found himself amidst Victorian squalor living with the doctor's bizarre family, and befriending a pedophile who resided in the backyard shed. The story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, and the Christmas tree stayed up all year round, where Valium was consumed like candy, and if things got dull an electroshock- therapy machine could provide entertainment. The funny, harrowing and bestselling account of an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances." (Amazon)

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