Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Towers Falling’.

Howdy! I’m having a much better week this week, managing my sleep. I know I’ve mentioned on here several times about my insomnia which leads to extreme fatigue during the day.

I was reading an article in SELF magazine over the weekend and it was listing the top seven signs you’re stressed. One of them was, “You feel completely wiped all the time.” CHECK. I half assumed it was stress, but basically it said that when you’re stressed, your body produces chemicals that keep you hyped and then you crash. So if you’re always hyped, eventually you’ll always be tired.

So, there’s that. But! I had some time to read a very quick book, but a necessary book. Blanche’s Book Club is talking about “Towers Falling” by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Here is the book’s description:

A powerful novel by award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes set fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks.

When her fifth-grade teacher hints that a series of lessons about home and community will culminate with one big answer about two tall towers once visible outside their classroom window, Dèja can’t help but feel confused. She sets off on a journey of discovery, with new friends Ben and Sabeen by her side. But just as she gets closer to answering big questions about who she is, what America means, and how communities can grow (and heal), she uncovers new questions, too. Like, why does Pop get so angry when she brings up anything about the towers?

Award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes tells a powerful story about young people who weren’t alive to witness this defining moment in history, but begin to realize how much it colors their every day.

Towers Falling explores the thought-provoking question of how kids born after 2001 can find meaning in events they have no personal memory of, but which still have a monumental impact on their families, educators, and communities. In the tradition of her revered body of middle grade work including Ninth Ward, Sugar, and Bayou Magic, once again Jewell Parker Rhodes deftly weaves historical and socio-political layers into a story that is at its heart about friendship, family, and finding your way in a complicated world.

This is a children’s book, so I read the entire thing in under an hour. But, it’s been on my book list for months because I know it’s an important one. When I went to New York and saw ground zero, along with the September 11 museum, it made it all so much more real… and even more heartbreaking.

Seeing everything on the news, on TV, it’s nothing compared to seeing it in person.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who has interest in learning about the attacks, from all angles, especially if you have children.

The next book Blanche’s Book Club is Reading is “On The Come Up” by Angie Thomas – I’m SOOOO excited for this one! Happy Humpday, y’all!

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