The Purple Booker founded this meme, and I first came across it on Brainfluff, one of my favorite blogs. Take the book you are reading, copy a couple of sentences (without giving away the ending or a solution to a problem or mystery), and maybe you’ll interest someone else in reading it.

Here is today’s from Will Schwalbe’s The End of Your Life Book Club:

“…we were going to have to say goodbye to Mom taking her youngest grandchildren to a Broadway show or to the Tate Modern or to Harrods to marvel at the Food Hall and visit the pet store puppies (The mother’s pancreatic cancer is getting worse.) We were going to have to say goodbye to the little ones remembering their grandmother beyond a fleeting image or an imagined memory promoted by a photograph. We would need to say goodbye to Mom at their graduations and to her buying them clothes and to them bringing home boyfriends and girlfriends to meet her.”

Although this sounds (and is in spots) incredibly sad, one can see how beautifully it is written. The bond forged through the reading of the same books by the son and his mother demonstrates the ability of shared book discussions enhancing communication between individuals whether they are as close as family members or two people trying to make their way to friendship.


Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I have just completed 30 years of teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This is after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District, adding up to a total of teaching 50 years in all. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

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