In the middle of "Glitter and Glue" Corrigan recalls a lecture in college where her professor explained a theory: "More often than not, it's the readers - not the writers - who determine what a book means. The idea is that readers don't come blank to books. Consciously and not, we bring all the biases that come with our nationality, gender, race, class, age. Then you layer onto that the status of our health, employment, relationships, not to mention our particular relationship to each book - who gave it to us, where we read it, what books we've already read." (page 145 of Kindle version) This theory was very evident in our discussion last night, as we all reacted to the book by looking at our relationships with our own parents, as well as our status as parents, parents-to-be, or non-parents.
One of the most discussed questions was did parents have to choose between being the glitter or the glue; could parents be both or neither. It seemed like we all had our own different opinions that we based on our own experiences. It was truly an interesting discussion, and by the end of the meeting member Julia summed it up perfectly by saying, "Now I really wish I could meet everyone's parents."
Overall the club liked the book. On the goodreads 5 star scale, the book got mostly 4's and 5's. Emily described it as "both a love letter to your mother and your children". The one thing we all did agree on is that it will get you thinking about your mother.
November marked the 2 year anniversary for members Alison and Jeanette. On a sad note, this was the last meeting for members Stephanie and Debra. We wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors.
The big news was that November marks the 10th Anniversary of the NoVA Lit Chicks. While none of our members today were at that first meeting, we continue to carry on the tradition of sharing literature and friendship. To all Lit Chicks past and present, thank you for helping to make the club what it is today, and here's to another 10 years of reading together.