Book of the Month: Discussion

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     Hi guys! Let's start by saying that Brooklyn is, in a word, enlightening. My generation, in the U.S., is possibly the farthest, in mindset, from the immigrants of the 20th century. As a young adult, it's hard to grasp the courage of our ancestors who traveled here, through challenges we couldn't begin to fathom. The why behind immigration hasn't been lost on me, or the fear that comes with it. I've traveled internationally before, and moved away from home. I'm well aware of how living in America is simpler and more beneficial than living in a country with less opportunity. I understand the homesickness aspect of it too. The only thing we can't really relate to is immigration feeling like the only choice. If we move or leave home, it's generally because we want too. It's not our only option to lead a full life, like it was Eilise's.

     Leaving Ireland, and coming to Brooklyn, was the only option to reach her full potential. This is not the case in our easy lives. I can walk out my front door, and there is a job opportunity in any field I could want. I think this is the point of Brooklyn, to give perspective. Everyone needs it at some point in their life. It's what Eilise needed, and it's what she found in coming to America. Parts of the book are hard to read, and sad, but it's an honest depiction of the hardships of immigration, which is the only real way to understand if you haven't been through it yourself. 

Book of the Month

    Today we have the first "Book of the Month"! This will be a monthly series, kind of like a book club, wherein I choose a book to start at the beginning of the month and at the end of the month we can discuss it and choose another. Fun, no? Reading is one of my favorite pastimes and including it in the blog is the biggest treat. I could talk about books forever, and we probably will!

     The book for November is one you've probably heard of in the last year. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is a post-apocalyptic novel that has already won a couple of awards. I've heard it's not your typical end of the world book though, and that's what drew me to it. I love those kinds of books, they always read so fast and stay interesting. However, I have started to step away from them, since there are only a few ways you can spin pandemics and zombies. I have a feeling this one's different though and I can't wait to dive in!