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February SR Book Club Pick: 'This Is How It Always Is'

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This month we'll be reading 'This Is How It Always Is' by local author Laurie Frankel. If you're part of our Book Club already, you had a heads up on this last week - and might even be a couple chapters in! If not, here is our planned schedule - try and stick to these page goals!

  • Finish Part 1 by Wednesday, February 8
  • Finish Part 2 by Wednesday, February 15
  • Finish Part 3 by Wednesday, February 22
  • Finish Part 4 by March 1, and participate in our Discussion Group! (email us if you're interested)

Here's a taste of what we can expect from Frankel:

"This is how a family keeps a secretand how that secret ends up keeping them.

This is how a family lives happily ever afteruntil happily ever after becomes complicated.

This is how children changeand then change the world.

This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.

When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes.

Laurie Frankel's This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever."

We have a feeling this is going to be a good one guys! If you want to be part of the book club, sign up here. We only email once a week with updates, interviews, page goals and invites :)