The first book the club read was Animal Farm by George Orwell. Since our school has many English Language Learners, parents requested a young adult novel that would be a quick read and at an appropriate reading level for members. A satire of the Russian Revolution, the book prompted members to discuss the complexities of societal situations. Members made connections between themselves and which animal/role they most related to in the book.
The second book the club read was Love, Loss and What I Wore by Ilene Beckerman. In her memoir, which was performed Off Broadway, the author reflected on how her fashion choices impacted different stages of her life over the years. Accompanied by hand-drawn illustrations, members said it felt as though they were looking at a scrapbook of the author’s life story. Members also shared their own emotional recollections of what a particular article of clothing meant at significant milestones such as a graduation, job, first date, wedding, and birth of a child.