"Far From the Tree" by Andrew Solomon will be the first book in our Spring book discussion series.

Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon

Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m.

Son, pp. 1-49
Deaf, pp. 49-114
Dwarf, pp. 115-179
Transgender, pp. 599-679

From the National Book Award–winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression comes a monumental new work, a decade in the writing, about family. In Far from the Tree, Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so. Solomon’s startling proposition is that diversity is what unites us all.

He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, as are the triumphs of love Solomon documents in every chapter.

Praise for Far From the Tree:

"...complicates everything we thought we knew about love, sacrifice and success." - The New York Times

Library staff members will lead the discussions.

We have copies of the books available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussions.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen’s).