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Southwest Book Club Meets May 11


The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library in the Meeting Room to discuss Against Medical Advice by James Patterson and Hal Friedman. Best-selling author, Patterson follows a family's decades-long struggle with their son's mysterious medical disorder that from the age of five induced violent physical tics, traumatic treatments and a nightmarish situation that pitted the family against a disheartening medical establishment.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Copies of this book may be reserved for home delivery or location pick-up at http://www.ocls.info

For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Discussion Questions
If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!

1. What do you think motivated Cory Friedman to share his life story? How did you respond to the his"voice"?

2. Discuss the book's structure and the author's use of language and writing style. How does the author draw the reader in and keep the reader engaged? Does the author/Cory convey his story with comedy, self-pity, or something else?

3. Do you think Cory and his family were being fair to the medical establishment? Have you or somebody you know had similar experiences involving a serious medical problem?

4. Do you agree with Cory's statement that most people don't have empathy (Chapter 64, 1st page) in regard to other's and his condition? Discuss why you agree or don't agree.

5. What is Cory's most admirable quality? his parents? Are these people you would want to know or would like to have known?

6. What did you like or dislike about the book? Were you glad you read this book? Would you recommend it to a friend?

Questions adapted from http://www.readinggroupguides.com/no_guide/guide_memoir.asp and constructed by the Southwest Book Club.


What I liked most about this book was the families approach to Cory's disease. They took responsibility of it...they owned it and in doing so kept control of an uncontrollable disorder.

This book is truly inspirational and the family's example of perseverance is a lesson we all can learn from.

I am recommending this book to my summer readers!!

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