Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The March selection for the book group is My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. The discussion will be led by librarian Vanessa.
"New York Times" bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.
Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate -- a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister -- and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.
"My Sister's Keeper" examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you? Once again, in "My Sister's Keeper, " Jodi Picoult tackles a controversial real-life subject with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity.
If you enjoyed "My Sister's Keeper," you might also try:
The Pact: A Love Story by Jodi Picoult
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeanette Walls
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Scandinavia Public Library chooses a book monthly (except for December) to read and discuss as a group on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. Selections vary widely and readers are welcome to participate as frequently as they choose.