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Book Club: My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult 2009-05-01 07:30:53

Buzz Book Club: My Sister's Keeper

Hi, Buzz Book Club readers! I'm excited to announce this month's selection, which may be a touch predictable but is certainly timely. Drum roll please! . . . Oh, right, the picture's right there. May's selection is My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult.

Now that the movie is on the way, including a little bit of controversy regarding the ending, I want to take this time to discuss the book together so we're on the same page (so to speak) when the adaptation hits theaters in June. I read it a while back but definitely need to jog my memory and really want to talk about the controversial and provocative aspects of this story with all of you. Should be fun! And by "fun" I mean "thought-provoking" and "emotionally wrenching."

For those of you new to my book club format, here's how it works: I announce a new book each month. Every week I suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in May). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few discussion-provoking questions for you to respond to in the comments section.

To read a description of the book and to see the first assignment,


The synopsis for My Sister's Keeper reads:
"The difficult choices a family must make when a child is diagnosed with a serious disease are explored with pathos and understanding in this 11th novel by Picoult. The author . . . turns her gaze on genetic planning, the prospect of creating babies for health purposes and the ethical and moral fallout that results. Kate Fitzgerald has a rare form of leukemia. Her sister, Anna, was conceived to provide a donor match for procedures that become increasingly invasive. At 13, Anna hires a lawyer so that she can sue her parents for the right to make her own decisions about how her body is used when a kidney transplant is planned. Meanwhile, Jesse, the neglected oldest child of the family, is out setting fires, which his firefighter father, Brian, inevitably puts out. . . . Picoult ably explores a complex subject with bravado and clarity, and comes up with a heart-wrenching, unexpected plot twist at the book's conclusion."

The first assignment: Read from the beginning to the end of the section marked "Wednesday." (Stop before the section marked "Thursday.") We'll chat about this section next Friday, May 8.

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rainbow-cadillac rainbow-cadillac 8 years
This is a faboulous book.
nessa17 nessa17 8 years
I am going to try to read this if I am not too busy with school.
Sofia-Soubrette Sofia-Soubrette 8 years
Oo! I've been looking for a good book, and a good book club!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
A great book. I have read and reread many times. I look forward to discussing.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
This one seems a wee bit TOO sad for me...
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Really looking forward to finally reading this one. It's been on my shelf for months.
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
very good book I have it. It will be good to discuss it.
shafiii shafiii 8 years
This book is outstanding! I'm afraid to reread it again before watching the movie, I'll notice the differences too much! I will be taking part in the discussion though!
inksee inksee 8 years
I like the "Wednesday... Thursday... Friday" at the end :D
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i read this about 3 months ago it's quite good
linzmcc linzmcc 8 years
I am torn. This is one of my all-time fave books, and I wouldn't mind re-reading it before I see the movie. And to be able to discuss it in a book club format. But I also have so many books on my plate.
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