Literary Quote of the Month

“For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)—they are experiences,” … Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

New Oprah Book Club Choice!

I usually don't pay much attention to Oprah books, but her last pick The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead piqued my interest and I bought it. I have yet to read it because I didn't want to start it right after reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, which was a fantastic read, but it was also about slavery.

When Oprah had a network talk show, she started her book club and each month there was a new book to be enjoyed.  Eventually, she changed the book club selection to 3 or 4 titles a year, because it was hard reading all those books in order to find the "perfect" one. I can relate to that! In 2012, Oprah brought back her book club, now Oprah's Book Club 2.0, and is making selections whenever she finds an exceptional book to share. No timetables, no schedule, just when a book hits home. So, it's kind of a surprise that we have another book selection so soon, but here it is...

Love Warrior: A Memoir by Glennon Doyle Melton... The highly anticipated new memoir by bestselling author Glennon Doyle Melton tells the story of her journey of self-discovery after the implosion of her marriage.

Just when Glennon Doyle Melton was beginning to feel she had it all figured out―three happy children, a doting spouse, and a writing career so successful that her first book catapulted to the top of the New York Times bestseller list―her husband revealed his infidelity and she was forced to realize that nothing was as it seemed. A recovering alcoholic and bulimic, Glennon found that rock bottom was a familiar place. In the midst of crisis, she knew to hold on to what she discovered in recovery: that her deepest pain has always held within it an invitation to a richer life. Love Warrior is the story of one marriage, but it is also the story of the healing that is possible for any of us when we refuse to settle for good enough and begin to face pain and love head-on. This astonishing memoir reveals how our ideals of masculinity and femininity can make it impossible for a man and a woman to truly know one another―and it captures the beauty that unfolds when one couple commits to unlearning everything they’ve been taught so that they can finally, after thirteen years of marriage, commit to living true―true to themselves and to each other.

I don't know much about Glennon Doyle Melton except that she struggled with addiction for many years (drugs, bulimia, etc), wrote a New York Times bestseller called Carry On, Warrior about her messy life and turning it around, and that she has a website called Momastery. Basically, just when she thought life was great, she finds out it's not so great, or at least there was something lurking in the background to " Say, Glennon, not so fast". This is her "second" memoir (kind of), I haven't read the first, but sampling the first pages of this book, I was drawn in by Glennon's writing. Can we learn something here? I'm not sure, but I have put this on my TBR list. What do you think? 

Published by Flatiron Books, it was just released today. 

2 comments:

Harvee Lau said...

Worth a try. I'd like to know what happened after the second marriage!

Suzanne Yester said...

Yes, Harvee, I'm willing to give this book a try too. Hopefully, she proves she's that Warrior.

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