RGC Group’s Book 4:
Our RGC group’s book 4 was Claire Cameron’s The Last Neanderthal.
RGC: We all thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the conversations it sparked were so interesting! Everyone is planning to read other books related to the book and ideas, and other books mentioned in the back, which is always great to see! Thanks so much to Claire for answering our questions!
Claire Cameron: I loved this interview, thank you. It’s so much fun to be a part of a conversation.
RGC Group’s Book 3:
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
Our RGC group’s book 3 was Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. Eimear recently published her second novel, The Lesser Bohemians.
For many of our group members this was the first time reading a novel written with a lyric prose style so we discussed writing style as much as the story itself. The book brought up many important and timely issues to discuss: gender, power, trauma, individuality and perception,
RGC Group’s Book 2:
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Our RGC group’s second book was Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish. This was our group’s first “young adult” book, and while the setting took us back to middle school memories (some fond, some not so fond), the issues and struggles were ageless. We had a very interesting discussion about grief, individuality, friendship, bullying, and the different actions that can be used in place of words. And Ali kindly agreed to answer a few questions for us!
RGC Group’s Book 1 is: Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend
Our first book was Allison Amend’s, Enchanted Islands. We enjoyed following Frances to Chicago, Nebraska, San Francisco, and of course the Galapagos Islands, and we found it especially fitting for the end of the summer. We had a very interesting discussion about chance and circumstance, and Allison kindly agreed to answer a few questions for us!
RGC Group: Once you decided you were going to write about Frances Conway, and you knew her story on the islands, how did you choose where to start?
Of course Reading Group Choices has its very own group! We meet monthly, and we will post each month’s book choice and a description of our discussion on Bookmark. You are welcome to follow along with your group, or use it as another recommendation source for your own personal reading!