Our October 5 book discussion will focus on understanding and helping clients who experience significant identity differences within their family - particularly a difference between parents and a child who "fell far from the tree."
The core book selection will be Andrew Solomon's "Far From the Tree" which studies families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, or multiple severe disabilities, and children who are prodigies, were conceived in rape, have become criminals or are transgender. Solomon addresses one of the critical questions of how much are we defined by nature versus nurture. In addition to being on the New York Times Bestseller List, "Far From the Tree" was the winner of more than a dozen national book awards.
If you prefer to read another book on this topic of exceptional differences between parent and child and the search for identity, you are welcome to do so. Please briefly summarize and discuss your selected book with the group. A one-page summary is recommended but not required.
"Far From the Tree" is rather lengthy, so you might want to plan your reading accordingly. We may also extend the group discussion of the book to also include the November 2 meeting, depending on participants' progress.
If you have any questions about the book group or this particular topic, please contact Betsy McBride, LMFT at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Birner, LMFT at email@example.com