Discussion: The Break-Up Book Club

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Discussion: The Break-Up Book Club

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Discussion: The Break-Up Book Club

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Obviously we are big fans of book clubs around here. Have you been in a book club other than the ABBC? How did that book club expand your literary horizons? Did you make friends you wouldn’t have otherwise?

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At the beginning of the book, Erin, Sara, and Judith all experience big changes. What was similar or different about how they handled upheaval? Could you relate to one of them in your own life?

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There are a lot of books discussed in this story. What is your favorite book of all time or of the books mentioned in Wax’s novel?

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  1. 1. I have been a part of other book clubs in the past and Am in one now where we pretty much read check lit! I love it because we can gush over for the romcom books we read!

    2. I loved reading through all their stories! And the women/chaz friendships and support system that came with the book club was just magical! It seemed that with every heartbreak, a new relationship was formed as an extension of the book club!

    3. My favorite book is the language of flowers! And bonus! It comes with a flower dictionary!

  2. 1. I was not much of a reader except for on vacation at the beach or by the pool. I have only been a member of the ABBC. I look forward to the selections every month! I was also briefly a member of another book club that was doing a zoom meet and greet with my favorite author. My new years resolution was to read more with the initial goal being 1 new book per month. In 2021 I have read over 60 books!! So glad to have gained such a fun and relaxing hobby. I love the ABBC online – as a fellow central FL gal it would be so fun to see an in person event for the book club when the world is a little less stressful.

    2. Erin, Sara, and Judith all used their friends and family to help support them through their losses of relationships and loved ones. Erin’s time with her parents reminded me of every high school breakup I experienced. This book was a reminder that no one needs to go through trying times alone – there is always someone who you may not know cares about you the way they do. Just like the book club cared about Erin, Sara, and Judith through their struggles and ultimately allowing them to be lifted up and moving toward happiness again.

    3. My favorite book of all time is Dr. Stanton by TL Swan. I love how this book referenced Becoming – this is book is fantastic on audible as Michelle Obama narrates it herself.

  3. 1. I have another local book club and have become friends with a lot of great ladies and it’s a great way to relax and meet people outside of work. We read a variety of books—both nonfiction and fiction and I try new genres and books I wouldn’t normally read.
    2. Although all had a hard time with their breakups/death of spouses, I was really impressed with Sara and how she confronted her cheating spouse. Although she took some time off from the bookstore she still managed to work and take care of her mother-in-law. Erin and Judith both had more of an intense reaction to the point they didn’t function well for a while.
    3. Pride and Prejudice is still my favorite, but I love so many!

  4. 1. We have moved a lot with my husband’s career & book clubs have helped me meet other book lovers & make new friends each place we’ve lived. We moved last year & with lock downs/restrictions haven’t found a new one yet, so loving ABBC selections. Book clubs have gotten me to read genres I other wise would not usually pick. I’ve read books I would have not picked up on my own & have enjoyed them and the conversations they have sparked.

    2. Broken engagement, widowhood & divorce are each very different, but all huge upheavals in their lives. Each woman tried to cope on their own, privately, but learned leaning on others & opening up to the group helped them in their healing process. Can’t personally relate, but loved how this diverse group of women bonded together and supported each other. Especially how they all connected and took down the con man.

    3. So many great books, but one I love & gift often is The Art of Racing in the Rain.
    Just finished To Sir, With Love – SO good! Can’t wait to see what you pick for October.

  5. 1. Obviously we are big fans of book clubs around here. Have you been in a book club other than the ABBC? How did that book club expand your literary horizons? Did you make friends you wouldn’t have otherwise?
    – I have been a life long book lover, but only in the last two years have I ever participated in a real life book club which I love! During the first year of the pandemic, we met on zoom and it was the perfect escape from the day to day realities we were facing. We just started meeting again outdoors in person and it’s so much fun! I love my book club girls and am so thankful for them.

    2. At the beginning of the book, Erin, Sara, and Judith all experience big changes. What was similar or different about how they handled upheaval? Could you relate to one of them in your own life?

    – I think they all reached down inside to draw out their own strength and then relied on the network around them to prop them up when they were weak. I think the differences in how they handled it were based a lot on age, childhood backgrounds and current life experience (ex: Erin leaning on her family for support while Sara had no one except her MIL).

    I can’t relate to a big life breakup or a cheating scandal, but I can relate to Judith’s children in that my daddy passed away from a sudden heart attack almost three years ago. Death changes the family dynamic in so many ways and his absence is felt every single day. I was proud of Judith for finding the courage to piece her life back together in a way that was positive for her.

    3.There are a lot of books discussed in this story. What is your favorite book of all time or of the books mentioned in Wax’s novel?

    Of all time- Pride and Prejudice and Gone with the Wind are tied
    Mentioned in the book- Becoming

  6. 1. This is my first fiction book club to be honest and I LOVE IT!! When I get into a reading rut, this book club always pulls me out. My happy place for sure!

    2. One of the things that drew me into this book was the different stories of all the women and how this little seemingly unimportant book club became such a core part of their stories! I have a group of friends who feel similar to this book club crew and together we are so much stronger. It’s the best.

    3. Guys, I say this all the time, but The Royal We is still one of my favorite books of all time, ha! Can’t get enough. Of course they didn’t mention it in the book, but they should have. 😉

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