📖July/August Book

posted Jul 3, 2020, 1:21 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library
Hello Book Club! 

Our next book club meeting will be on Monday, August 3rd at 7:30pm -- we will discuss Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church; A Journey from Hatred to Hope by Megan Phelps-Roper.  There are ILL copies available at the library or the librarian can provide copies via amazon and kindle.  Please contact Ticee at tvcl.director@gmail.com
Because the library is now open, anyone who wishes can meet in the building, but we will also set up a virtual login so anyone can login from home (or from wherever you might be)! 

You are invited to a scheduled Zoom meeting: 
Topic: Book Club - Unfollow 
Time: Aug 3, 2020 07:30 PM Alaska 
Meeting ID: 870 6529 2412 (no password) 

Our next book in August/September will be Denali's Howl: The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America's Wildest Peak by Andy Hall -- " In the summer of 1967, twelve young men ascended Alaska’s Mount McKinley—known to the locals as Denali. Engulfed by a once-in-a-lifetime blizzard, only five made it back down . . . " ~Amazon.com 

Summary of Unfollow from goodreads.com

As featured on the BBC documentary, 'The Most Hated Family in America' it was an upbringing in many ways normal. A loving home, shared with squabbling siblings, overseen by devoted parents. Yet in other ways it was the precise opposite: a revolving door of TV camera crews and documentary makers, a world of extreme discipline, of siblings vanishing in the night. 

Megan Phelps-Roper was raised in the Westboro Baptist Church - the fire-and-brimstone religious sect at once aggressively homophobic and anti-Semitic, rejoiceful for AIDS and natural disasters, and notorious for its picketing the funerals of American soldiers. From her first public protest, aged five, to her instrumental role in spreading the church's invective via social media, her formative years brought their difficulties. But being reviled was not one of them. She was preaching God's truth. She was, in her words, 'all in'. 

In November 2012, at the age of twenty-six, she left the church, her family, and her life behind. Unfollow is a story about the rarest thing of all: a person changing their mind. It is a fascinating insight into a closed world of extreme belief, a biography of a complex family, and a hope-inspiring memoir of a young woman finding the courage to find compassion for others, as well as herself.  

Kindle Edition, 304 pages 
Hardcover, 290 pages   
Published October 8th 2019 by Riverrun 
ISBN0374275831 (ISBN13: 9780374275839) 

Read on! 
~ Vanessa Stone 
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