We missed everyone who didn’t make it last night! It was a great conversation and a beautiful night to hang out at the lake.
We weren’t sure who was supposed to select the next book last night, so apologies to whoever was supposed to be next… If you were the next person (or you know who was), please let us know so that we can make sure we resume the correct order next month.
We also went ahead and selected the next group read because everyone that came last night was interested in reading Gone With The Wind. This will give everyone a little extra time to read it and it is on the list of group pick books.
I am just realizing that it is already May and I’m not ready for it! I thought I had another week and scheduled a test for tomorrow night that I can’t reschedule… I’m hoping you won’t mind too much if I push Book Club back to next week (May 9th). I am in my big cram time right now and I have to finish six classes and take four finals in the next week, so I haven’t been keeping track of time very well!
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
Selected by Rachel Maughan
Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.
“The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.”
This book was selected because:
I picked this book because it makes me think about how lucky I am and how my life could be so different through circumstances completely beyond my control. It reminds me that before I can judge anyone else for their life choices, their beliefs or how they may do something, I need to remember that I have no idea where they came from or what their life has really been like. Stories like this remind me why I need to have compassion and why I can’t be complacent in my life.