THROWBACK THURSDAY PICK OF THE WEEK

Posted December 14, 2017 by Renee / 26 Comments

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I began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I’m FINALLY getting around to reading that were published months or years ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere.

My Pick This Week is….

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Published April 2015 by Gallery Books

Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s Disease

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Can you say perfect discussion book?! This book would make an excellent book club pick as it presents so many interesting discussion topics. It’s the story of the O’Brien family and the devastating consequences of Huntington’s Disease. I have to say I hadn’t heard of Huntington’s before reading this and man, what a devastating diagnosis this would be. I know many people may think they don’t want to read a book about illness and disease but this story is SO much more than that and in the hands of Lisa Genova it’s nothing short of brilliant.

We get to know the entire O’Brien family, Joe, his wife and all 4 of his kids. One day they’re a typical family and the next they learn that Joe has Huntington’s and not only will he die early but he will lose everything that makes him Joe before his death. As Huntington’s is hereditary, each of his 4 kids has a 50% chance of having the gene. They each grapple with the decision of having the genetic test to find out…they each have to answer the question of whether they’d rather live not knowing and wondering if each ache and pain and incidence of forgetfulness is the start of the disease or find out and know for sure that their lives will be cut short and they will suffer tremendously before death. The best part of Lisa Genova’s writing is the fact that she brings these characters to life, we know them, we like them and our hearts break for them. I couldn’t stop reading to find out who would decide to get tested and then what their results would be.  As much as I loved this book, I do have to say I was a little mad at the author when I got to the end but after discussing the ending with a couple friends I felt better. If you’re interested in a well paced, character driven read I hope you’ll give this a try

HAPPY READING!

More Throwback Thursday Picks Around the Blogosphere…

Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe

Deanna at DeesRadReads and Reviews

Amanda at Literary Weaponry

Susan at Susan Loves Books

Cathy at What Cathy Read Next

Lynne at Fictionophile

Annie at The Misstery

Amy at Novel Gossip

Diana at A Haven for Booklovers

Mischenko at Read Rant Rock and Roll

Laurie at Cozy Nook Books

Ann Marie at LItWitWineDine

Laura at Snazzy Books

 

26 responses to “THROWBACK THURSDAY PICK OF THE WEEK

  1. Susie | Novel Visits

    Great pick. As you know, I also loved Inside the O’Briens. Such a horrific disease and the genetic aspect makes it even more so. It truly is a perfect book for book club discussions.

    • Yes, very tough at time and of course like with Still Alice I did cry at times. Her level of research is so outstanding but she weaves it in so well that you don’t realize it until you’ve finished

  2. Great choice. This sounds like a wonderful character-driven story and I like what you said about it being great for discussion. Hopefully, I can get my book club to give it a try.

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