Thursday, December 01, 2016

Middletown Book Discussion Titles for January

The MUM Book Discussion group will next meet on Tuesday, January 10 to discuss not one, but two books:  Lucy Grealy's Autobiography of a Face and Ann Patchett's Truth and Beauty: A Friendship.  We will meet at 12 pm in Room 124 in the Library. These books in turn chronicle a woman's fight against cancer and a great friendship that grew during that battle.  

Here is a brief summary of each title, along with links to request the book from Miami, OhioLINK, and SearchOhio libraries (Just click "Request" and choose "Miami University" from the dropdown list.  Then enter your UniqueID and password, and the library from which you would like to retrieve the item):  

"This powerful memoir is about the premium we put on beauty and on a woman's face in particular. It took Lucy Grealy twenty years of living with a distorted self-image and more than thirty reconstructive procedures before she could come to terms with her appearance after childhood cancer and surgery that left her jaw disfigured. As a young girl, she absorbed the searing pain of peer rejection and the paralyzing fear of never being loved."

"The author describes her twenty-year friendship with Lucy Grealy, tracing their introduction at a writer's workshop, the integral part their friendship played in their writing careers, and her witness to Grealy's medical deterioration."

Read one, or read both over these last weeks of the semester and Winter break (or read something else interesting).  Then come along to our discussion to share what else you've been reading/watching/listening to/experiencing, and help us plan our future readings.  

Have an idea for a book to discuss?  Let us know and check out our page of past and future reads at

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