Monson Library Book Club
Third Monday of every month
7:00 PM
Books Available - all are welcome!
(For more information, call Mary Whitmer at 207-997-2961)
  
Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence


Earlier Books Read
for Book Club


When We Were the Kennedy's 
- Monica Wood
The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
- Fannie Flagg 
A Man Called Ove
- Fredrick Backman 
Purple Hibiscus
- Chimanda  Adichie 
The Underground Railroad
- Colson Whitehead 
The Husband's Secret
- Liane Moriarty
Remembered Earth
- Kirsten Stockman
The One-in-a-Million Boy
- Monica Wood
The Summer Before the War
- Helen Simonson
Bleak House
- Charles Dickins
The Thirteenth Tale
-Dianne Setterfield
The Handmaid's Tale
-Margaret Atwood
Behold the Dreamers
-Imbolo Mbue
The Girl on the Train
-Paula Hawkins

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Next Book Club Meeting - January 15, 2018

Moving Violations
John Hockenberry

Summary:

John Hockenberry's Moving Violations is one of the most entertaining, provocative, unexpected, outspoken, and occasionally outrageous books in recent memory. It is a story of obstacles--physical, emotional, and psychic--overcome again, and again, and again. Whether riding a mule up a hillside in Iraq surrounded by mud-stained Kurdish refugees, navigating his wheelchair through intractable stretches of Middle Eastern sand, or auditioning to be the first journalist in space, John Hockenberry, ace reporter, is determined not only to bring back the story, but also to prove that nothing can hold him back from death-defying exploits.

However, he will never be a poster boy for a Jerry Lewis telethon. A paraplegic since an auto accident at age nineteen, Hockenberry holds nothing back in this achingly honest, often hilarious chronicle that ranges from the Ayatollah's funeral (where his wheelchair is pushed by a friendly Iranian chanting "Death to all Americans"), to the problems of crip sex and the inaccessibility of the New York City subway system.

In this immensely moving chronicle--so filled with marvelous storytelling that it reads like a novel--John Hockenberry finds that the most difficult journey is the one that begins at home, as he confronts the memories of his beloved one-armed grandfather, and finally meets his institutionalized Uncle Peter, whose very existence was long a secret buried in the family history.

Moving Violations is a sometimes harrowing but ultimately joyful ride.