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Becoming
Why do you think Michelle Obama chose to name her memoir Becoming? What does the idea of “becoming” mean to you?
LS
Lauren Struthers
Michelle Obama describes a number of women who have served as mentors for her at different times in her life, including Czerny Brasuell, Valerie Jarrett and Susan Sher. Who are your mentors and how do you cultivate those relationships?
LS
Lauren Struthers
Trick Mirror
Jia recounts her first experiences with the Internet from Angelfire pages to friendly chat rooms. What are some of your early memories of the Internet?
LS
Lauren Struthers
What was your favorite essay in Trick Mirror? Why?
LS
Lauren Struthers
Normal People
The first time Connell tells Marianne he loves her, we are told that “She has never believed herself fit to be loved by any person. But now she has a new life, of which this is the first moment, and even after many years have passed she will still think: Yes, that was it, the beginning of my life” (46). Do you think Marianne had ever been told that she was loved, in any sense of the word, by anyone before Connell? How can the experience of “first love” transform a person’s self-image and view of the world?
SW
How would you describe the power that Connell and Marianne hold over each other? Did you notice a power relation shift and evolve between them over the years? How might it have had both positive and negative effects in different moments?
LS
Lauren Struthers
Educated
Tara wrote this at the age of thirty, while in the midst of her healing process. Why do you think she chose to write it so young, and how does this distinguish the book from similar memoirs?
LS
Lauren Struthers
What keeps Tara coming back to her family as an adult?
LS
Lauren Struthers
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