Club Makes ‘Impossible’ Selection

young-adult.JPGThe River City Books young adult book club officially kicked off Monday night, as a group gathered in RCB’s downstairs meeting area to talk about books, organize future meetings, and, of course, have a treat (or maybe two). I snooped in on their meeting to snap this photo of a particularly enlightening exchange between some of the members. There is no truth to the rumor I was there only because of the promise of free snacks.

During the meeting the club made its inaugural book selection: A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt. That book — which is now on sale at RCB for 20 percent off for those wishing to participate in the club — will be discussed during the November meeting. That meeting was set for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14, also at River City.

The River City Books young adult book club is free and open anyone between the ages of 12 and 16. Even if you couldn’t make it to the first meeting, you are still welcome to participate. Katie Goetz, a bookseller at RCB, moderates the group (and brings the goodies).

To whet your appetite (for the book, I mean) here’s a short description of “A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life”:

brief.jpgSimone’s starting her junior year in high school. Her mom’s a lawyer for the ACLU, her dad’s a political cartoonist, so she’s grown up standing outside the organic food coop asking people to sign petitions for worthy causes. She’s got a terrific younger brother and amazing friends. And she’s got a secret crush on a really smart and funny guy — who spends all of his time with another girl.

Then her birth mother contacts her. Simone’s always known she was adopted, but she never wanted to know anything about it. She’s happy with her family just as it is, thank you.

She learns who her birth mother was-a 16-year-old girl named Rivka. Who is Rivka? Why has she contacted Simone? Why now? The answers lead Simone to deeper feelings of anguish and love than she has ever known, and to question everything she once took for granted about faith, life, the afterlife, and what it means to be a daughter.

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