A Virtual Meetup - Second Tuesday of the Month at 11:00 AM
In this time of social distancing and self-isolation, it is very easy to feel disconnected from the lives and experiences of those outside our four walls.
Join us for a book club that seeks to close that gap by allowing you to walk in the shoes of someone else.
We'll concentrate on a different biography or memoir each month and peak behind the curtain of another person's choices, mistakes, regrets, and dreams. From gossipy tell-alls to poignant essays of self-reflection, we'll work together to prove Socrates right: the unexamined life isn't worth reading!
This month: Breakfast at Sally's by Richard LeMieux
Once a happily married businessman, avid golfer, and the proud owner of several luxury cars and three boats, conservative-minded Richard LeMieux saw his fortune change almost overnight. In this astonishingly heartfelt memoir, he describes his descent into homelessness and his struggle to survive personal and economic disaster.
Evicted from his home in 2002 and living with his dog, Willow, in a beat-up old van, LeMieux finds himself penniless and estranged from his family and friends. He dines at the Salvation Army (aka Sally’s), attempts suicide, and is treated at a mental hospital where he is diagnosed with depression.
Writing on a secondhand manual typewriter, first at a picnic table in a public park, and then wherever he can, LeMieux describes his odyssey and the quirky, diverse, and endearing cast of characters found among the homeless people of Bremerton, Washington, and, by extension, everywhere else. This is a rare inside-look at how the other America lives, and how one man, beaten down and alone, was able to reconnect, find good people, and ultimately, with their help, to persevere. (Simon and Schuster)
What You Need to Know:
Meeting ID: 839 4708 9946
To call in, dial: +1 646 558 8656; when prompted, dial the Meeting ID.