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Winter Book Series: Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon
November 13, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
“A brave, beautiful book that will expand your humanity” (People). Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Books for a Better Life Award.
Solomon’s startling proposition in Far from the Tree is that being exceptional is at the core of the human condition—that difference is what unites us. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, or multiple severe disabilities; with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, and Solomon documents triumphs of love over prejudice in every chapter.
All parenting turns on a crucial question: to what extent should parents accept their children for who they are, and to what extent they should help them become their best selves. Drawing on ten years of research and interviews with more than three hundred families, Solomon mines the eloquence of ordinary people facing extreme challenges.
Elegantly reported by a spectacularly original and compas- sionate thinker, Far from the Tree explores how people who love each other must struggle to accept each other – a theme in every family’s life. (Amazon review)
Our next book discussion will begin in November with monthly selections that include faith-intersecting topics and stories. Discussions will be from 5:30 to 6:30pm at Lakewood Panera (14701 Detroit Ave) to accommodate participants with ability to get dinner, snack or drink as desired or demanded by their schedule. The church will keep at least two books for each discussion that can be purchased or borrowed in advance. Discussions will be facilitated by Pastor Kelly.