The Give a Sh*t Book Club

Why "Give a Sh*t?" I started this online book club last year because I wanted to hold myself accountable for reading diversely and engaging with tough topics. I give a shit about what's going on in the world, so I read to educate and inform myself. I welcome you to join me!

Here’s how it works: Every month, I pick a book that in one way or another promotes diversity or has social or political relevance. Then the last Saturday of the month, I post my thoughts and reflections about the book, and anyone who so desires can jump in on the discussion too.

This month's book: A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

From the publisher: "A Place for Us unfolds the lives of an Indian-American Muslim family, gathered together in their Californian hometown to celebrate the eldest daughter, Hadia's, wedding - a match of love rather than tradition. It is here, on this momentous day, that Amar, the youngest of the siblings, reunites with his family for the first time in three years. Rafiq and Layla must now contend with the choices and betrayals that lead to their son's estrangement - the reckoning of parents who strove to pass on their cultures and traditions to their children; and of children who in turn struggle to balance authenticity in themselves with loyalty to the home they came from. In a narrative that spans decades and sees family life through the eyes of each member, A Place For Us charts the crucial moments in the family's past, from the bonds that bring them together to the differences that pull them apart. And as siblings Hadia, Huda, and Amar attempt to carve out a life for themselves, they must reconcile their present culture with their parent's faith, to tread a path between the old world and the new, and learn how the smallest decisions can lead to the deepest of betrayals."

Want to participate? Get your hands on a copy of the book, read it, and meet back here on Saturday, September 29th for a virtual book club discussion. Already have plans that day? No problem, the comments will stay open for a couple weeks, so you can jump in whenever you have time.

See below our previous Give a Sh*t Book Club discussions.