The 85086 Book Club––Local Kristine Abrams Gresh brings her love of books to the community and asks you to join her on a reading journey
The 85086 Book Club
First, there was The Giving Tree, then the Babysitters’ Club series, and eventually, on to fascinating memoirs and nonfiction essays…oh, and let’s not leave out the recent indulgence of the Hunger Games trilogy. Reading has always been a significant part of my life. In fact, it’s a constant. I’ve grown, changed, moved, gone through life experiences, but reading remains as enjoyable as an old friend. And sometimes when I finish a fabulous book, the first thing I want to do is discuss it with someone or recommend it to another reader. Well, here’s our chance to do those things with our neighbors—our fellow 85086-ers.
Each month, I’ll choose a book (and I hope you’ll help by submitting some suggestions) and we’ll read the selection together as a community. See someone reading it around town? Ask them how they like it. After you read the book, e-mail me your thoughts. We’ll publish some of them in this column, and then we’ll choose another book and do it all again.
This month, let’s start with a book that’s been on countless best-seller lists, including The New York Times, Amazon.com, NPR, and the Los Angeles Times. It’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I found it an interesting read as well as a possible conversation starter––even for the introverts out there.
As the summary states, “At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society.”
This book is not only well-researched and well-written but it also might stimulate a few opinions and maybe change a few minds. Perhaps it would be helpful for those who deal with people each day (that’s most of us) and could even lead to small changes in the way we establish business relationships, the way we parent, or the way we interact with a spouse or family member.
I was struck by one particular quote about the book that I read on the mental-health social network Psych Central.com: “Quiet is a thought-provoking and fascinating work that reminds us of the dangers of solely listening to the loudest voices.” How topical. Honestly, one could argue that in today’s society, we all could engage in a little more understanding of one another and therefore maybe enjoy better communication—refer to recent government events for evidence.
I hope you’ll read with me! I look forward to seeing people reading this book and future books around Anthem and the surrounding areas. Grab an old-school paper copy (my personal preference) or download the book to your device—or maybe you’ll be the one to find the copy I’ve left somewhere in the community. However you page it through––happy reading!
Kristine Abrams Gresh has been a freelance writer and avid reader for several years. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she now lives in Anthem with her husband and son. She loves a good book and is determined to write one of her own someday.
Share your thoughts on this month’s book and suggest future reads via firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also reach Kristine by phone at (623) 236-9092