• Mel Leslie

Book club [May 2020]


I took a month off from book club in April because I was not feeling especially inspired and motivated, given the current situation we are all facing. The libraries are starting to "open" (mine started curbside pick up this week!) the weather is warming up, and I am feeling motivated again, so let's dust off those Book of the Month picks taking up space on our shelves. If you are like me, you have a minimum of ten unread BOTM picks on your shelves that you keep promising yourself you will get around to. Let's use book club to check at least one of those off our lists!


Below are the May 2020 virtual book club choices. Join this month in the comments below or on Instagram @mynightsbooked and let me know which book you vote for. I will announce the book club choice and scheduled discussion date.


Make sure to tag me @mynightsbooked and use hashtag #mynightsbookclubbed when you post throughout the month.


All are welcome, so invite your friends!


Genre: Backlist BOTM



Choices:


The Girl with the Louding Voice


Synopsis:

Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education. This, her mother has told her, is the only way to get a “louding voice”—the ability to speak for herself and decide her own future. But instead, Adunni's father sells her to be the third wife of a local man who is eager for her to bear him a son and heir.


When Adunni runs away to the city, hoping to make a better life, she finds that the only other option before her is servitude to a wealthy family. As a yielding daughter, a subservient wife, and a powerless slave, Adunni is told, by words and deeds, that she is nothing.


But while misfortunes might muffle her voice for a time, they cannot mute it. And when she realizes that she must stand up not only for herself, but for other girls, for the ones who came before her and were lost, and for the next girls, who will inevitably follow; she finds the resolve to speak, however she can—in a whisper, in song, in broken English—until she is heard.


Dear Edward


Synopsis: One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them is a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a septuagenarian business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. And then, tragically, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.


Edward's story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place for himself in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a piece of him has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery--one that will lead him to the answers of some of life's most profound questions: When you've lost everything, how do find yourself? How do you discover your purpose? What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?

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