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: The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
From the publisher: "In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel De La Cruz, known affectionately as Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies herself, leading to a farewell doubleheader. Across one bittersweet weekend in their San Diego neighborhood, the revelers mingle among the palm trees and cacti, celebrating the lives of Big Angel and his mother, and recounting the many tales that have passed into family lore, the acts both ordinary and heroic that brought them to a fraught and sublime country and allowed them to flourish in the land they have come to call home. The story of the De La Cruzes is the American story. This indelible portrait of a complex family reminds us of what it means to be the first generation and to live two lives across one border."
Want to participate? Get your hands on a copy of the book, read it, and meet back here on Saturday, April 28th 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.