July 05, 2004

The Mother-Daughter Book Club

motherdaughter.jpgTo get ideas for this week's class assignment, I read The Mother-Daughter Book Club: How Ten Busy Mothers and Daughters Came Together to Talk, Laugh and Learn Through Their Love of Reading by Shireen Dodson. (HarperPerennial, 1997, ISBN: 0060952423)

I thought I would just skim it as a reference book to get ideas of activities and discussion questions, but I immediately was entranced by the book and read it cover to cover. I think it should be required reading for every mother of a 9-12 year old girl -- and that it works to read long after you have or are one.

It made me wish I had been in a group like that at that age, and makes me want to try harder to get my own book group going again (even without the mother-daughter aspect). And certainly it makes me appreciate all the sharing of books and great book talks I've had with my Mom and Lisa and friends and family over the years. And quite jealous of Dad and Jane's 20+ year bookclub....

I liked this passage particularly:

You can sit by yourself and enjoy a good book. But something very different and special happens when you get together and talk about a book with other people. You experience the book differently. Discussion becomes a prism, breaking the book's events, characters and themes into a rainbow of ideas that lead the way to still more discussion. Things we thought were obvious can become intriguing; the ordinary can become interesting. The assumptions that so often define our attitudes toward each other as mothers and daughters, and which limit our experience of each other, can fall away. (141)

Posted by Emily at July 5, 2004 03:49 PM

I'm going to go get this one for sure!

I definiltey have 'book club envy!"

Posted by: lisa kimball at July 5, 2004 05:47 PM