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Is your Book Club discussing West with Giraffes?

GREAT!  I've been getting many requests for suggestions for book club chats. While there aren't any prepared discussion questions per se, I bet you can come up with some yourselves if everyone has read the novel--a dozen should jump off the page.

 

HOWEVER, I did see the following question posted on Goodreads, and the answers readers suggested can offer a jumpstart along with some of my notes to guide you:
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Do you think there are enough issues for a good book club discussion?

 

YES!  

 

Topics might include:

  • -life during the Great Depression
  • -value of such an historical novel for perspective of current hard times
  • -the Dust Bowl and other ecological issues then/now and our part in it
  • -human's relationships with and obligation to animals (and other humans)
  • -treatment of blacks in those times
  • -treatment of women in those times
  • -treatment of very elderly in "old folk's" homes
  • -zoos vs. circuses--then/now (be sure to read Author's Note)
  • -tolerance of lying and stealing in desperate times
  • -the unanswered questions about the Old Man's past and why Author left us to wonder
  • -how childhood shapes us and how much power we have to change it
  • -endangered/extinct species then and now (why it matters: Old Man's pigeons; Author's Note)
  • -power of storytelling (why Woody is writing down his story and why it matters; see TED talk quote in Author's Note)


• And, again, be sure to read the novel's Author's Note, for points mentioned above but also for overall spurring of discussion:  I tell why I wrote it, how I uncovered the true story and especially about how/why today's best zoos have turned into conservation organizations.

Hope this helps your book club discussion. Have lots of enlightening fun!

Lynda

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Q: What's it about?
A: Inspired by a true 1930s story, it's a century-spanning tale with a dead man's diary, a hurricane, the Great Depression, a cross-country trip, a Dust Bowl farmboy, a mysterious woman, a crusty zoo keeper, historical figures and headlines, humor, drama, mayhem, unrequited love, miscreants, reprobates...

 

  ...and did I mention giraffes?

 

 

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