A Year of Reading

January 26, 2008

Tonight was the one year anniversary for my adoption book club. Our first year together has been filled with lots of laughter, emotion, support, brownies, wine, and friendship. When I proposed the idea to our larger adoption group, I had no idea that it would grow to become such an important part of my life here. A mix of women, different ages, different backgrounds, different life experiences, but we all share the common bond of being mothers (or waiting to be moms) to children from China and Taiwan. We read books that are related to China, adoption, or parenting. Not always easy reading (which is why we try to mix in some light humor reads), but our monthly gatherings are always lively and interesting. I eagerly look forward to another year of reading!

Here's our 2007/2008 reading list:

January: Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Februrary: Digging to America by Anne Tyler
March: Western Dress and Bound Feet by Pang-Mei Natasha Chang
April: Chu-Ju's House by Gloria Whelan
May: Beyond Good Intentions by Cheri Register and Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother by Jana Wolfe
June: "The Dying Room" (British Documentary about Chinese orphanges)
July: Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah
August: China Doll by Talia Carner
September: And Baby Makes Two by Julie Sheehan
October: The Good Women of China by Xinran Xue
November/December: : The Zhang Empresses (documentary film)
January 2008: China Ghosts by Jeff Gamage
February 2008: I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids: Re-inventing Modern Motherhood
March 2008: Peony in Love by Lisa See (we'll be attending a reading by the author which should be a lot of fun)
shep said...

Wow, an adoption book club! I am the owner of Tapestry Books, and want to congradulate you women on your anniversary. If you would like, I would welcome the opportunity to encourage your future Adoption reading. I can be contacted at: smorrow@tapestrybooks.com

Anonymous said...

What a terrific book club. We are thrilled that you've chosen I Was A Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids as your February book! Let us know how it goes. You can reach us at www.reallygoodmom.com.

Amy Nobile & Trisha Ashworth

Corinne said...

I love that you do this - I think it's so incredible. What a neat bond to have with these ladies.

Laurie said...

Aren't we cute? :-) Thanks for a brilliant idea...I am with you, Book Club night is my favorite night of the month!


coastalgirl said...

Sounds like you have a great group there. Another book I enjoyed was:
Dream of the walled city by Lisa Huang Fleischman..along the China theme...might be a little heavy though.

Heather said...

That is such a great idea. Congratulations on your first anniversary!

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