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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We genuinely want to hear from you!