My college alumnae association recently started an online book club.
My friend M and I were probably the first ones to sign up.
We attended a small, women’s, Catholic liberal arts college, located in a suburb of a major city.
From what you just read about my college, can you make any assumptions about me?
Can you determine what my likes and dislikes are?
Does my choice in college say anything about me as a person?
At our first book club meeting a few months ago, we read a book called “Parakeet”. This book would definitely be considered literary fiction, as it was very stylized. It didn’t straight out tell a story, but used various tropes and devices to get it’s point across.
While I didn’t suggest it as a book club choice, when I got the list of choices I realized that it was on my TBR, so I put my vote in for it.
Personally I didn’t like the book: it was too “literary” for my taste. But I did think it was well written, and understood what the author was going for.
But when we had the discussion, I did find one thing very interesting- one woman stated:
“I’m really surprised that someone from our college would choose this book.”
When the woman, who is quite well read and makes very astute comments said this, I sat back and thought.
This statement was clearly the most interesting thing said at book club.
Just because I went to a certain type of school, am I expected to read a certain type of literature?
Does what we do or where we go determine who we are?
I don’t need to tell you that I didn’t graduate yesterday…
Wouldn’t you hope that I’d grown and changed over the years?
Expanded my horizons?
Opened up doors that might have previously thought locked?
Do we change as we mature?
Or are we the same people we’ve always been?
For fun, think about my choice of college: small, liberal arts, Catholic, all women, suburban.
Name one characteristic that you think I am based on my college, and then think if I am really like that.
What book do you think I would like based on my college choice?
What book do you think I would read based upon what you know about me?
Then think about your own occupational or educational choices: do they line up with your reading choices?
Does where you’re from really dictate who you are?