Ann Patchett quote, state of wonderNever be so focused on what you’re looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find.
― Ann Patchett, State Of Wonder

Do you have a BOOK CLUB? If so, what are you reading? Any advice for other girlfriends who have girlfriends?

My girlfriend book club meets this week. We have three rules: 1. The books have to be in paperback/the library. 2. You don’t HAVE to read the book. (It’s a ‘no stress’ book club – we’re really there to see our girlfriends! Which leads us to …) 3. You just have to be there and have fun with your friends.

We love the girlfriend tradition of Book Clubs. It’s a wonderful ‘excuse’ to get the girls together on a regular basis and to enjoy life together.

So, in the spirit of Girlfriendology – and women sharing women’s wisdom, I asked the ‘leader’ of my book club to share her recommendations for book club selections. Thanks Judy for sharing this review for girlfriend book clubs:

State Of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Dr. Marina Singh is a medical researcher for a large pharmaceutical company. She is sent to Brazil to investigate the mysterious death of her lab partner. Marina meets Dr. Annick Swenson who is developing a fertility drug for the company. Dr. Swenson has found a tribe of women in the Amazon who are fertile all of their lives. She is hopeful that a drug developed will solve the problems of millions of infertile women.

Patchett has developed strong characters in Dr. Annick Swenson who is self absorbed but sympathetic; Dr. Marina Sing, who displays a complex mix of traits; and Easter, the endearing young deaf boy. The characters are true to life making good and bad decisions. Every character deals with something – greed, delight, righteousness, love or fear.

State Of Wonder explores the role of doctors in the lives of a native tribe. It asks the question of how far should a pharmaceutical company go in the development of a new drug. It also asks the question – Just because technology has developed to a point where we are able to do things, should we?

State Of Wonder is a great book club book because it raises so many possibilities for discussion.

Thanks Judy! See you this week at Book Club! (What are we reading this month? Austenland – check it out!)

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