Sunday Sads: A Teachers-Only Book Club
TEACHERS! Let’s hang out and NOT talk about school. Instead, let’s relax in the loft and talk about new and compelling books. Bookseller and former teacher, Britt, will facilitate this book club just for teachers. Let’s read, bond, and support one another because this teaching thing is hard work!
This month we are reading I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy. The Sunday Sads: A Teachers-Only book club will meet at 3 PM, on Sunday, December 4.
Jennette McCurdy was six years old when she had her first acting audition. Her mother’s dream was for her only daughter to become a star, and Jennette would do anything to make her mother happy. So she went along with what Mom called “calorie restriction,” eating little and weighing herself five times a day. She endured extensive at-home makeovers while Mom chided, “Your eyelashes are invisible, okay? You think Dakota Fanning doesn’t tint hers?” She was even showered by Mom until age sixteen while sharing her diaries, email, and all her income.
In I’m Glad My Mom Died, Jennette recounts all this in unflinching detail—just as she chronicles what happens when the dream finally comes true. Cast in a new Nickelodeon series called iCarly, she is thrust into fame. Though Mom is ecstatic, emailing fan club moderators and getting on a first-name basis with the paparazzi (“Hi Gale!”), Jennette is riddled with anxiety, shame, and self-loathing, which manifest into eating disorders, addiction, and a series of unhealthy relationships. These issues only get worse when, soon after taking the lead in the iCarly spinoff Sam & Cat alongside Ariana Grande, her mother dies of cancer. Finally, after discovering therapy and quitting acting, Jennette embarks on recovery and decides for the first time in her life what she really wants.
Told with refreshing candor and dark humor, I’m Glad My Mom Died is an inspiring story of resilience, independence, and the joy of shampooing your own hair.
Purchase a copy to read, or grab it from the library, and join us December 4, for a thoughtful and entertaining discussion about I’m Glad My Mom Diedby Jennette McCurdy. This book club is free to anyone who wishes to participate. No registration necessary.
Dates and books of upcoming 2022 Sunday Sads: A Teachers-Only Book Club:
December 4 at 3 PM I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
Dates and books of upcoming 2023 Sunday Sads: A Teachers-Only Book Club:
January 8 at 3 PM Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley
February 5 at 3 PM Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan
March 5 at 3 PM Solito by Javier Zamora
April 2 at 3 PM Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry
May 7 at 3 PM Bad Vibes Only: And Other Things I Bring to the Table by Nora McInerny
June 4 at 3 PM When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill