March's book club was awesome. We read Free-Range Kids. Only 2 people came and my husband but we talked about the book for over an hour and half! On top of that, I had a chance to discuss it with a few more members of book club outside of the meeting and even more members gave me extremely positive feedback about reading it. So I'm considering this month a win.
We had a great discussion about how we were raised, the role of parents, the role of police and social workers, and how different children have different needs. It pretty much was exactly what I wanted my book club to be when I was thinking about it. We stayed on topic the whole time and we never ran out of things to say. I also liked the fact that people said that they kept bringing it up in discussions with other people. That was one of the reasons I chose this book. After I read it, I wanted to discuss and talk to people about it.
Here is my review from the first time I read it.
"This book was amazing. Funny how the "world's worst mom" wrote the best parenting book I've read (and I read a lot of them). One of the lovely things about this book it doesn't matter what your parenting style is...this book will still work for you. With that said, it's only kind of a parenting book. People that don't have kids should read it too. The goal of this book was to examine our generations perceptive of "safe" and it takes the whole community to change not just parents to make a large difference in our culture."
Next month is one of my favorite books - Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. Most of the people haven't read it before, and I think it's really quite a special book. I love the perspective and the message.
Any suggestions for other book club books? I have the next few months planned but I'm still looking for more.