Book Club April Selection

Comment

Book Club April Selection

Hello, readers!

The 21st is when we reveal our book choice for the next month, usually with the intent of allowing every reader enough time to get their hands on a copy of the book before the first of the month rolls around and we begin reading.

For April, however, the book we will be working through doesn’t come out until April 4. Some libraries have the capability to pre-request books, and pre-ordering from your preferred book supplier should be an option as well.

The book we will be reading is “Every Body Yoga” by Jessamyn Stanley.

While a yoga book isn’t the traditional style of book for a book club, I’d like to think that non-traditional is right in our wheelhouse.

And across of all of Circles of Change, not just the book club, the theme for the month of April will be “Don’t Just Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk.”

Many of us have arrived at a place in our lives where we’ve grown comfortable talking about self-love and accepting our bodies as they are, and to be grateful for what they do, but sometimes, as time speeds up, our days get busier, we find that we’ve become all thought/talk and no action.

Which is why we want to invite everyone to put more of what we talk about into practice, and one of the best ways to make that happen is to practice yoga.
 

I’ve had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the book and loved that it was full of helpful tools for understanding the origins of yoga and how to create at home sequences, while also connecting the need for yoga in conjunction with stories from Stanley’s life.

This is a women with a distinct voice, who believes that everyone, of all ages, sizes, and abilities can benefit from practice, and that all of those different kinds of bodies deserve to be represented in print.

For me- someone who essentially halted all physical exercise while trying to unpack my feelings about exercise in the wake of finding ways to love my body (what forms of exercise had effectively been self-punishment for me, and what forms actually made me and my body feel good) this book is a wonderful reminder of daring to try what scares us in the hope of finding what heals us.

On April 1 we’ll have more information about our goals for book club for the month, as well as some new challenges to build along side your reading.


What do you think of the book choice? Are you excited for a new adventure?

Comment

COC Book Club: Shrill Discussion

Comment

COC Book Club: Shrill Discussion

Hello, readers, and thank you for joining us for the March discussion. 

You can reflect on the questions on your own, or by tuning in for the live online discussion tonight at 6:30 pm EDT on Instagram. At that time I will start a live story over on @caseyrosereads and you can hang out and listen, or you can type your questions or thoughts into the feed at the bottom of the screen. The reason why we picked this time is to try to be available across as many time zones as possible as we do have book club members across the globe. 

For those of you who have expressed an interest in attending an in-person book club, or hosting one, in your area, we are still working on getting some tools in place to make that as easy an experience as possible. 

For those who are in the Syracuse, NY area, we will be meeting on Wednesday March 22 at 5:30 PM at Cafe at 407. We meet on the early side because the cafe closes at 7. If you are interested in attending please RSVP at bookclub@circlesofchange.org so we know how many treats to share!

The Questions:

Page 12
“So, what do you do when you’re too big, in a world where bigness is cast not only as aesthetically objectionable, but also as a moral failing?...you make yourself smaller in other ways...you try to buy back your humanity with pounds of flesh.”

Why do you think that there is a moral aspect attached to how larger bodies are perceived? Have you made those kinds of judgements about strangers? If so, how do you plan to address those thoughts in the future?

 

Page 17
“..but they tell you that if you hate yourself hard enough, you can grab just a tail feather or two of perfection. Chasing perfection was your duty and your birthright, as a woman, and I would never know what that was like…”

What would it look like to teach our young girls to chase something else, what would you want to keep sharing with girls outside of the idea of physical “perfection”?

 

Page 34
“Don’t trust anyone who promises you a new life...If their products lived up to their promise, they’d be out of a job”

Not that West is attacking anyone who is sincerely helping people achieve a better life, but something worth talking about: When it comes to the culture of Circles of Change, we are encouraging people on a path to a new life, one where you don’t have to be at war with yourself and your body. So are we trustworthy?

I think the difference comes from the fact that those of us who support body positivity, who sell merchandise that provides funding for a non-profit that serves to treat and prevent eating disorders, we’d love to be out of a job. We’d love to no longer be needed because everyone had found peace and balance in their health, both mentally and physically.

How do the other kinds of products/programs make you feel?

 

Page 35
“Real change is slow, hard, and imperceptible.”

How does it make you feel to contemplate the idea that the changes required to truly believe that you are enough just as you are takes time, and that it will always be a journey and not destination?

 

Page 68
“I wasn't intrinsically without value, I was just doomed to live in a culture that hated me.”

What does it look like to completely know your personal value outside of other people’s comments and opinions?

 

Page 69
“Look at pictures of fat women on the internet until they don’t make you uncomfortable anymore.”
Page 78
“Studies have shown that visual exposure to certain body types actually changes people’s perceptions of those bodies...eternal reminder: Representation matters.”

We’ve found that many of the people we talk to have had their opinions changed about what makes a person beautiful and what it means to fully live in your body. Many of our conversations have been initiated by watching the documentary “Embrace.” 
We encourage all our readers to experience this documentary as well, and to see all the different kinds of women who are embracing their bodies.

Here are just a few of the other places we recommend checking out in order to see what all kinds of awesome lives women are living outside the limits of cultural standards:

The Anti Diet Project
Refinery 29 is also the force behind #seethe67 
An article listing athletes of all sizes
Ashley Graham- showing that fashion can be for every body

 

Page 75
“The level of restriction that I was told, by professionals, was necessary for me to ‘fix’ my body essentially precluded any semblance of joyous, fulfilling human life.”

If you’re new to Circles of Change, or to engaging in a positive relationship with food, what former “no” foods would you feel joy in saying “yes” to? And what would it feel like to say "yes"?
If you already find nourishment and joy in what you eat what would you like other people to know about that experience?

 

Page 147/148
“...I’m sorry, but I’m not constraining and rearranging my life just because no one cares enough to make flying accessible to all bodies. Airlines have no incentive to fix this problem until we, collectively, as a society, demand it.”

What other areas of life could we all do better as a society to get better access for bodies, including disabled bodies?

 

Page 162
“...I thought about all the people in the audience who were plastering smiles over their feelings of shame, or being tainted and ruined forever, in that moment.”
Page 168
“...lazy comics who still think it’s cool to fetishize ‘offensiveness’”

One of the Circles of Change team pointed out that in a time when the average person doesn’t feel comfortable making jokes about disabled people, gay people, or minorities, they still feel comfortable making jokes about fat people. Why is that?

And if you hear a joke about fat people, or a joke about eating disorders, or any joke that demeans a person’s appearance, how do you react, or wish you could react in the moment? (Sometimes imagining your response makes it easier to respond in the future.)

 

Page 245
“I think my anger towards you stems from your happiness with you own being. It offended me because it served to highlight my unhappiness with my own self.”

Not many unhappy people are able to articulate their feelings the way that this man who trolled West did. How does this knowledge make you feel? How would you react to this kind of candor?
 

Overall, how did this book make you feel?

 

A PDF of these questions is available for download HERE.

 

Comment

Circles of Change Speakers Series: Brad Zehring

Comment

Circles of Change Speakers Series: Brad Zehring

Meet Brad Zehring, one of our speakers at the Circles of Change Conference on March 18th in Phoenix, AZ. 

The Circles of Change Conference is an invitation to come together and change the conversation and culture around health, beauty, and body image, and our speakers live that out in action.

ONCE WE HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF OUR NEEDS - LET'S GO TO WORK AND DELIVER SELF-CARE THAT CAN BE DIFFERENT FOR EACH PERSON. | Brad Zehring

Brad Zehring: Psychiatry Resident and Associate Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine

What are you most inspired by at the moment? 

Neuroscience. It used to be thought that once neurons (cells in the brain) were damaged they could not regrow, but we now know that they do come back and can flourish. It is a very exciting time to be in Psychiatry because we are learning ways to heal the brain. Examples of this is the research being done on the gut-brain and the role of nutrition, movement, stress, and inflammation can have on being parts of the healing formula for mental illness and eating disorders. It is fascinating to be reminded that the body works in concert and is dependent on each part to function optimally.

When did you first know you wanted to do this work? 

Having had a personal connection to eating disorders kept my eyes open when I entered medical school. From that point it was hard to “un-see” what I had seen. I saw a population of patients who were marginalized because their disorders were misunderstood or not understood altogether. I saw a population that was suffering and, conversely, I met professionals that were inspiring because I saw the impact they were having and the unbelievable response from patients. I knew the impact that I wanted to make and the rest has been history.

We think it’s so important to encourage women and girls to speak up and be heard, to move beyond the fear. How have you been able to move beyond it? 

I think it is important for everyone to speak up – girls, women, boys, and men. As we know, loving your body is difficult for males and females. I think when we begin to engage men in this discussion they begin to develop empathy for females and they begin to recognize their own shortcomings. Once they have insight into themselves they have the power to speak up against the objectification and sexualization that has been a part of female world for so long. They begin to see the negative impact that it has had. By engaging both sides we empower a society that has been sold a lie of what it means to be beautiful and healthy. My hope would be that everyone comes together and pushes back on societal ideals of beauty and health.

What do you most embrace about yourself? 

Having a wife and two children are a perfect reflection for me. I want them to love their bodies and to be confident in who they are and what they want to be. I embrace, and consciously embrace daily, believing about myself what I tell them to believe about themselves. In other words, I try and practice what I preach.

What does it mean to you to reclaim health?

Mindfulness. I know that is a common word these days, but for each person to slow down, take measure of their surroundings, and work on developing an understanding of their needs. Once we have an understanding of our needs – let’s go to work and deliver self-care that can be different for each person.

To redefine beauty?

It is unique to each person and should be defined by that individual. Self-love, empowerment, and being able to embrace who you are at any given moment is beautiful.

To restore your relationship to your body? 

I find that through purposeful movement I gain the most useful knowledge. Squat cleans (i.e. whole body movement, Olympic lifting) is my new favorite way to have purposeful movement. At the beginning of the session, they let me know where all my aches and pains are located. However, throughout the duration of the movements they go away and I am able to feel each part of my body work as one unit and become free. Through activity I am reminded how amazing the body I have is and I am reminded to be thankful for the capabilities that my body provides for me on a daily, minute-to-minute basis.

 

For more information on the conference and a full speaker line up, click the button below!

Comment

CIRCLES OF CHANGE CONFERENCE SPEAKERS SERIES: JON JORGENSON

Comment

CIRCLES OF CHANGE CONFERENCE SPEAKERS SERIES: JON JORGENSON

The Circles of Change Conference is about celebrating and inspiring Warriors.  So we feature the voices and stories of many, including one brave 8 year old girl who are transforming the culture and conversation in their own lives, their schools, their workplaces, and throughout the world. We are honored to share their wisdom, their art, and their stories with you. 

Comment

Circles of Change Conference Speakers Series: Carolyn Hodges Chaffee

Comment

Circles of Change Conference Speakers Series: Carolyn Hodges Chaffee

The Circles of Change Conference is about celebrating and inspiring Warriors.  So we feature the voices and stories of many, including one brave 8 year old girl who are transforming the culture and conversation in their own lives, their schools, their workplaces, and throughout the world. We are honored to share their wisdom, their art, and their stories with you. 

Comment

Circles of Change Conference Speakers Series: Natalie Patterson

Comment

Circles of Change Conference Speakers Series: Natalie Patterson

The Circles of Change Conference is about celebrating and inspiring Warriors.  So we feature the voices and stories of many, including one brave 8 year old girl who are transforming the culture and conversation in their own lives, their schools, their workplaces, and throughout the world. We are honored to share their wisdom, their art, and their stories with you. 

Comment

Circles of Change Book Club: Shrill

Comment

Circles of Change Book Club: Shrill

Hello, readers and welcome to the month of March!

As with any good project you learn things along the way- what works, what doesn’t, and hopefully how to improve the experience as time goes on.

One of the small changes we’ll be making is that while we will remind you on the 1st of the awesome book adventure that you’re embarking on for the month, we’ll be waiting to post our discussion questions until either the day of the first live online discussion, or around the midpoint of the month, whichever comes first.

The reason for this change is two-fold. First, most people won’t have finished the book, or even gotten halfway through the book until that first discussion, meaning that discussion questions posted on the 1st potentially serve as either spoilers, or as something that’s just not helpful at the time.

Second- we want to invite you to share your question and to potentially have them included in our list of questions and downloadable PDF. Everyone of you has had the unique experience of being you, which means you bring a unique perspective to every book and conversation, a perspective that we would love to hear. So as you read “Shrill” over the next week or two and you find things that particularly jump out at you, let us know!

Email your thoughts and questions to bookclub@circlesofchange.org and you may see your questions included in our post.


We’ll also be hosting only one Instagram Live Story discussion each month. This change comes from a desire to make sure that when we have that interactive discussion we don’t feel like we have to “save” anything for next time. We want everyone who tunes in to listen and to chat to feel that we’re exploring the book and the conversation as richly as possible.

In addition we'll pick one or two questions as conversation starters on the Circles of Change Instagram account where everyone can comment whenever they like.

 

The schedule for March:

March 1- Celebrate the start of a new month, and if you haven’t started reading “Shrill” by Lindy West yet pour yourself a cozy bev and get started.

March 15- Book club discussion questions go live!
There will also be an Instagram Live Story chat over at @caseyrosereads at 7:00 pm EDT (Don’t forget that many of us switch to EDT on March 12)

March 22- There will be an in-person meeting for Syracuse readers from 5:30-7:00 at Cafe at 407. Treats will be provided, please RSVP at bookclub@circlesofchange.org, and bring a friend!

 

For those of you who are interested in hosting your own in-person book club we’re working on a helpful how-to guide for you!
We appreciate your interest and we’ll have more information about this soon.

Thanks for reading with us and we look forward to hearing from you!

 

Comment

COC Book Club: March Book

Comment

COC Book Club: March Book

Hello, Readers!

We hope that you've been enjoying the book club so far. Now that we're entering into our third month and we've conversed about two wonderful YA books we thought it was time to switch over to something a little different, while still getting at the heart of why self-love and representation of all body types matter.

For March we'll be exploring where body image meets feminism all with a welcome dose of comedy in Lindy West's collection of essays "Shrill".

We want to make sure that our book club readers know that the topics of rape culture and women's reproductive rights are explored in this book in conjunction with all the amazing stories of finding acceptance and enjoyment in one's body, no matter the size. 

 

Publisher's Description:
Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible--like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you--writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but. 

From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to her public war with stand-up comedians over rape jokes; to her struggle to convince herself, and then the world, that fat people have value; to her accidental activism and never-ending battle royale with Internet trolls, Lindy narrates her life with a blend of humor and pathos that manages to make a trip to the abortion clinic funny and wring tears out of a story about diarrhea.

With inimitable good humor, vulnerability, and boundless charm, Lindy boldly shares how to survive in a world where not all stories are created equal and not all bodies are treated with equal respect, and how to weather hatred, loneliness, harassment, and loss--and walk away laughing. Shrillprovocatively dissects what it means to become self-aware the hard way, to go from wanting to be silent and invisible to earning a living defending the silenced in all caps.

 

A full list of discussion questions will be available on the first for you to include along side your reading or to hang on to for future discussions.
A Live Story chat will be hosted on the 15th and the Syracuse in-person book club will be meeting on March 22nd at Cafe at 407 at 5:30 PM. 

 

We also ask that if you have questions, concerns, suggestions about our book club thus far, or what you'd like to see added to our roster of books in the future, please email us at bookclub@circlesofchange.org. We genuinely want to hear from you!

Comment

Circles of Change Book Club: February

Comment

Circles of Change Book Club: February

Hello and welcome to our second month of the Circles of Change Book Club!

We hope you were able to get your hands on a copy of “Dumplin’” and that you’ll join us either online on Instagram for discussions, or if you live in the Syracuse area, that you’ll join us on February 15 at 5:30 PM at Cafe at 407 for the first meeting of our Liverpool Circles of Change Book Club. Please RSVP by emailing bookclub@circlesofchange.org.

There will be live evening discussions on Instagram on February 8 and 22, in addition to the comment-based discussions on those day's pics, as well as a pic on February 15. 

And let us know if you’re going to host your own in-person book club! We’ll send you some host swag for you and your club members. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #cocbookclub or #circlesofchange while you’re showing off your reading and book club pics on Instagram.

I also want to share the words of an author who has so eloquently, and coincidently captured the reasons why I think this book club is so important. In the 10th anniversary edition of “Thirteen Reasons Why”  Jay Asher includes a special introduction about why he wrote this book and the impact that it has continued to have over the course of a decade. I encourage you to reflect on these words this month and over the year to come as we join each other in these bookish adventures.

More than ever, we need to discuss the way we treat each other – and ourselves – and make those discussions routine. Books, as you know, are wonderful way to do that. People can use a piece of fiction to open a conversation that is otherwise hard to begin. Sometimes it's between friends, sometimes it's between a teen and their parent, or a teacher and the class of students, or a librarian and a book club. People involved in these discussions often tell me how wonderful it is to see everyone sharing their thoughts and experiences (which, of course, is the only way to better understand each other).

I guess it's sometimes easier to talk honestly about fiction than ourselves. I know it is for me! We may get angry at a character, and to justify that anger, we compare our reaction to something in the real world. Or we argue about what a character should've done, which just happens to be what we would do (at least what we tell ourselves we would do). So when we talk about fiction, we're revealing ourselves.

 

Now on to the questions!
These are just a few questions to start with, you can use all of them, none of them, and we, of course, encourage to come up with your own additional questions in our discussions online and in your own clubs. (There is a downloadable version available HERE)

1. How do you feel about how much Willowdean’s mother places her sense of worth in other people’s opinions?

2. Why do you think that once Willowdean began a romantic relationship with Bo that she felt less sure of her body and started to engage in the kind of judgement she was previously proud to shy away from?

3. Willowdean asks how she can have both days where she is self conscious and days when she genuinely doesn’t care about what her body looks like. What would your answer be?

4.What does it mean to you to “be your own role model”?

5. What would it look like to accept that sometimes we still think and feel cruel things, like when Willowdean feels inner-glee over the girls who come out shaken up by the interview, but that those moments don’t have to define us?

6. What would your ideal beauty pageant look like?

7. Again and again characters who are the happiest or the most satisfied are those who are comfortable in their own skin. Ellen, Dolly Parton, Millie- they are all proud of who they are. Would you say that confidence is one of the biggest aspects of beauty? If so, why?

8. Did you notice that Willowdean’s specific weight or clothing size was never mentioned? Why do you think that is?

9. "You don't deserve to win anything or be in any pageant until you make the effort and do the work. Maybe fat girls or girls with limbs or girls with big teeth don't usually win beauty pageants. Maybe that's the norm. But the only way to change that is to be present. We can't expect the same things these other girls do until we demand it."
This quote reminds us of Circles of Change. What kind of “norms” do you want to change?

 

Don't read on if you haven't read the book yet!

Quotes we love:

“But that’s me. I’m fat. It’s not a cuss word. It’s not an insult. At least it’s not when I say it.”

“I've wasted a lot of time in my life. I've thought too much about what people say or what they're gonna think...there of been times when I really stopped myself from doing something special. All because I was scared someone might look at me and decide I wasn't good enough. But you don't have to bother with that nonsense. I wasted all that time so you don't have to.”

"’… And who the hell was that twiggy bitch?’ As soon as it's out of my mouth I regret it. All my life I've had a body worth commenting on and if living in my skin has taught me anything it's that if it's not your body, it's not yours to comment on.”

“My body is the villain. That's how she sees it. It's a prison, keeping the better, thinner version of me locked away. But she's wrong. Lucy's body never stood in the way of her happiness. As much as I will always love Lucy, it was her own decision to stay locked up in this house.”

“Perfection is nothing more than a phantom shadow we're all chasing.”

“Sometimes figuring out who you are means understanding that we are mosaic of experiences. I'm Dumplin. And will and Willow Dean. I'm fat. I'm happy. I'm insecure. I'm bold.”

 

Comment

COC Book Club February Book

Comment

COC Book Club February Book

Hello, Readers!

We hope you've been enjoying "Holding Up the Universe" and that you'll join us for the remaining discussions in January.

We're excited to be reading "Dumplin'" together for February! As always, we announce the book in advance to make sure that you have plenty of time to get yours hands on a copy before we all start talking about it.

About the book:

Dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . .  until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.  

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

Why we picked it:

This book is not without its flaws; you only have to look at the book description to see the offhand use of "twiggy" to know that Willowdean is guilty of her own kind of narrow thinking for time to time. But, overall, it's a book that demonstrates that no one should have to apologize for taking up space in the world, that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and that romance is for everyone.

Online discussions will start on February 8! Check back for information on local book club meetings. 

 

Comment

COC Book Club: January 2017

Comment

COC Book Club: January 2017

Welcome, Readers, into a bright and brilliant new year.

Things don’t magically improve with the flip of a calendar, as much as we might wish it so, but the start of a new year creates a kind of energy that invites us to be audacious in our desires, to dare to do more to make the world a better place. 

Literature and the conversations that come from what we read have the power to change the world. That’s why we’re so glad that you’re here, joining us in kicking off our Circles of Change Book Club in 2017.

I’m Casey Rose Frank, avid reader, writer, and ardent fan of Circles of Change, and your reading cheerleader for the month of January.

When I first received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of Holding Up the Universe last summer I was absolutely blown away. Not only by the beautiful story, but by the fact that I was stepping into the shoes of a character who as a teenager had found a way to truly love herself and her body for all that it could do.

Included in the beginning of the ARC was a note from the author, Jennifer Niven, which I want to share with you for some greater context of the story:

Dear Reader,

You are wanted. You are necessary. You are loved. 

This is the message I've been writing to readers of All the Bright Places since the book’s release in January 2015. Since then, I've been contacted by thousands of teens who feel misunderstood or alone. During one particular day in the fall of last year, I wrote that message 141 times.

Holding Up the Universe is about seeing and being seen. Like All the Bright Places, this new novel is a personal story.  It comes from my own loss and fear and pain, and it comes from real people who are dear to me. It comes from my twelve- and thirteen-year-old self, who struggled with her weight and the bullying that came with it. From the loss of my dad, which happened on the months after the loss of my boyfriend, when I shut down completely and couldn't leave the house because the world is too scary. From having to go back out into that world again and figure out my place and it. And most recently, it comes from the loss of my mom, who was my sun, and from trying not to worry--every day-- that I will die unexpectedly,  without warning, the way she did.

Additionally, the book comes from my sixteen-year-old cousin, who has had to learn to recognize the people in his life, not by faces, but by the important things like "how nice they are and how many freckles they have."

But the story really began with that reader interaction. I wrote this book for Christine in the United States, for Jayvee in the Philippines, for Steysha in Ukraine, for Paulo and Brazil, for Steph in the U.K., for Shubham in India, and for all the others like them. These vibrant, smart, giant-hearted teens who need and deserve to be seen, and who need to know they are wanted. They are necessary. They are loved. 

Love, 
Jennifer 

 

As you join us in our online discussions and host your own reading groups in person we hope that you discover how loved and necessary you are.

These are the four questions and the corresponding dates on which you can share your voice on our Instagram account by joining the discussion. On each day you can comment and exchange ideas all long on the question we post, and then for 2 hours that evening I will be on the COC account to join the fun as well and do my best to answer any questions you may have. We are happy to answer any and all questions about the book club itself at any time, any day, so please feel free to email us or reach out on Instagram.

You can download a PDF of the Instagram discussion questions HERE!

Here are some additional questions we think might be helpful in conducting your own local book club meetings

1. When you learned about prosopagnosia did you try to imagine what it would be like to not be able to recognize those closest to you?

2. Libby comes to understand through the experience of treatment that her body is just one facet of her identity, Jack is forced to learn that faces and bodies are just one facet of identity because of his prosopagnosia. When you think about your own identity, how much of it is based in the physical, and how much in things like who you are? After reading and assessing do you find a desire to change how you think of your own identity?

3. In order to see change in action we had to be introduced to the social acceptability of body-shaming/fat-shaming, meaning we saw that Libby was taunted as a child with a boy saying, “No one will ever love you because you’re fat!” How does the progression of the story from taunts that sting, to opportunities to challenge the social norms and to create teachable moments of inclusion make you feel as an overall arc?

4. Libby often puts herself inside the life of another person in order to better understand why they say and act how they do. Does understanding that someone is lashing out because they are afraid make you more sympathetic to their actions?

5. When Jack talks to Dusty about other people being afraid of someone who is proud of who they are, and boils down other people’s insecurities to being at the heart of bullying, Dusty accepts this answer but the boys don’t come up with anything else to combat this other than to not be cruel to other people. Is there something else you would have shared with Dusty?

6. Why do you think that dancing is such an important part of the story for both Libby and Jack?

7. Do you think Caroline was aware of what she was really saying when she asked Jack, “Why don’t you want me?”

Happy reading!

Comment

Circles of Change Book Club

Comment

Circles of Change Book Club

Circles of Change is proud to announce that we will be kicking off 2017 with our very own book club!

We want to come together and celebrate literature that offers characters who have, or discover the ability to have, a positive relationship with their body, health, and idea of beauty.

When we see ourselves or people we would like to aspire to be in the books that we read we’re looking at potential blueprint for how we can model our own actions.

In our book club we offer books that allow the reader to see that there are alternatives to self-hate and the unrealistic beauty standards most often presented in the media, while inviting them to discuss the content on a local and global scale. These conversations allow readers to reclaim their health, redefine beauty, and restore their relationships with their bodies.

The books selected may span a range of genres with a potential leaning toward YA books overall as the genre is inclusive for teen readers, but engaging and still appropriate for adult readers as well.

Each month there will be four questions about the book to be discussed on dates specified in advance.

On an international level readers will be invited to share their thoughts on the questions provided on the Circles of Change Instagram account

On a local level we encourage readers to get together in person to discuss not only the questions we have provided, but to discuss the questions and thoughts that you come up as your read the book. Those who sign up to lead an in-person COC book club will receive a welcome tote and items to hand out to their club members. Sign up on our website will be open starting January 1.

 

Our very first book club book is: Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
You may recognize the title as one of our selections for "Books We Love" in the Autumn issue of BLOOM.

Schedule:

-Book selection for the following month will be announced on the 21st of each month, allowing for ample time to request the book from the library or buy the book.

-On the first of each month the four book club questions will be made available on the blog.

-Questions will be posted individually on Instagram each Wednesday and one additional day TBD during the last three weeks of the month.

-On those Wednesdays the questions will be open for discussion all day long, but a COC moderator will be joining the discussion in a two hour-session, with time announced in the post’s caption.

The Instagram questions will be rolled out starting in the second week of each month, with two questions in the final week. The questions will take the chronological order of the book into consideration so that slower readers have time without spoiling content.

Without sharing our discussion questions prior to the first, here is a preview of what our sharing format will look like on January 1:

HUTU questions v1.png

 

 

If you have any questions let us know! Comment below or on our Instagram.

 

Sign up for CoC Book Club Updates and don't miss a thing!

Name *
Name
Are you hosting an in-person book club in your community?
Are you interested in finding an in-person book club in your community?

 

 

Comment