July 12, 2013
I'm leaving my job of 15 years as a book designer/typesetter to spend more time on my volunteer activities (afterschool tutoring at Oakland International High School, Writer-Coach Connection at El Cerrito High School) and to focus on my art (artist's books, drawing and painting, collage).
The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson When Everything Changed, by Gail Collins Quiet, by Susan Cain
I've been in a book group for two years that focuses on contemporary fiction, and I've been frustrated in my attempts to broaden the focus...so I've decided I need to start dating other groups. What I like about this group (aside from the pleasure of getting to know these people): being exposed to books I wouldn't otherwise read, hearing differing perspectives on a book (which sometimes are more resonant and memorable for me than the book itself).
I've always loved reading, but it's a solitary activity, and I'm looking for ways that this passion can lead to my feeling more connected and engaged in the community.
Thank you all for another energizing discussion. Special thanks to you, Scott, for setting the tone by always doing your homework: having a thoughtful critique of the book, and asking relevant questions to get the conversation started.