WNBA Board --
As you probably know, especially if you attended our holiday dinner, WNBA has partnered with Book’em for many years. Above is another great opportunity to help out by volunteering at one of the Read Me Day events coming soon! Reading to the children in a classroom is delightful. They love it and so will you. Have fun and Happy Reading!
The Book Review
We would like to post book reviews here on the website, written by our members. So, if you know of a great book that you would like to share with us, please send your original review to firstname.lastname@example.org. It can even be a review of your own book! Here's the first in what we hope will be our series.
by Sandy Stahl
In The Jackson River Bridge: A Memoir by Noah Waters author Elliot Light takes the reader on a poignant exploration of memory and development. From the internal perspective of the main character, the reader can feel and see the daily struggles of someone who is trying to cope with a family and society that has little empathy for his position as a neuro-diverse child. Jeff Cutter tries to cope, to fit in, and simply to survive despite his unexpected and disconcerting responses to normal social cues. While society often demonstrates little tolerance for those who don’t meet normal expectations, Jeff Cutter doggedly pushes forward to learn strategies to fit in as well as to discover who he is. This book pushed all my buttons. I was angry about the abuse he received from family and strangers. I felt triumphant at his successes and disturbed by his confusion and despair. I laughed with him on the rare occasions when he experienced happiness. No child should have to struggle as he did to reach adulthood and discover his goodness or his soul. For all of his difficulty in relating to people due to his autism, Jeff Cutter eventually discovered ways of connecting with people. He found his identity and a new name.
The idea that Jeff wasn’t finished and that strangers committed to helping him find himself is powerful. That sort of kindness and investment of people in the well-being of others is special and so is The Jackson River Bridge: A Memoir by Noah Waters. You will not be disappointed in this memoir.
Available in paperback, hardback, and on Kindle through Amazon.
WNBA Nashville was honored to have Kristin O'Donnell Tubb as guest speaker for our program meeting on February 1, 2024. Kristen is an author of middle grade fiction who has written 24 books in the last 20 years!
She spoke to us about writing nonhuman characters, citing many examples from fiction, both current and classic. Kristin has written three books with dogs as the narrator, including Luna Howls at the Moon, Zeus Dog of Chaos, and A Dog Like Daisy. Her newest book, Fowl Play, which is about a parrot, will drop this summer with a party at the Nashville Zoo.
WNBA Nashville thanks Kristin for joining us and entertaining us with her knowledge and her tips on writing! Look for her website at https://www.kristintubb.com/
A thank you
My name is Lila Bess Vargas, and I am a thirteen-year-old, homeschooled seventh-grader who aspires to be an author of children’s books. I have written, illustrated and self-published a couple of books for my younger sister to read.
One Sunday morning my sister and I were browsing our church’s bookstore and met Kathleen Dietz. The conversation drifted to my interests in books and writing. Several months later, Mrs. Dietz kindly invited me to attend a WNBA meeting where a children’s author would be the guest speaker.
I love dogs, as many middle grade girls do, and I enjoy reading and writing stories with non-human characters, which happened to be the subject of the evening’s discussion with author/speaker Kristin O’Donnell Tubb. Mrs. Tubb was so kind to answer a few questions I had about her experiences as an author and suggestions she had for me to improve my writing skills. I was overjoyed when one of the kind ladies in attendance presented me with one of Mrs. Tubb’s books, which to my great surprise had been autographed.
I thoroughly enjoyed the meeting, the speaker and the many things I learned. Many thanks to Mrs. Tubb and special thanks to Mrs. Dietz for inviting me to the meeting and broadening my exposure to a field I have great interest in pursuing.
March 16, 2024
Winner of the National Jewish Book Award and Christopher Award
At the age of sixteen, Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. Hours after her parents were killed, Nazi officer Dr. Josef Mengele, forced Edie to dance for his amusement and her survival. Edie was pulled from a pile of corpses when the American troops liberated the camps in 1945.
Edie spent decades struggling with flashbacks and survivor’s guilt, determined to stay silent and hide from the past. Thirty-five years after the war ended, she returned to Auschwitz and was finally able to fully heal and forgive the one person she’d been unable to forgive—herself.
Edie weaves her remarkable personal journey with the moving stories of those she has helped heal. She explores how we can be imprisoned in our own minds and shows us how to find the key to freedom. The Choice is a life-changing book that will provide hope and comfort to generations of readers.
All book discussions are currently being held on Zoom.
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Join us for some conversation!
Would you like to have a chance to socialize with your fellow members of WNBA without leaving home or having to fight Nashville traffic? At 7:00 pm on the third Thursday of February, April, June, August, October, and December, you can do just that! That is when we have our Literary Society meetings where we share books that we've been reading. But we also talk about life and get to know each other a little bit better. Join us for some online fellowship! You should receive an email with the Zoom link early in the week, but if you don't, let us know through the contact form on this site and we will send it to you.
Our next Literary Society meeting is April 18 at 7:00 p.m.
"I look forward to hearing everyone talk enthusiastically about the books they're reading, and what they most enjoyed. It's always a nice variety. My "books to read" list has grown every time we chat over Zoom." -- Tori Ross
All events, with the exception of the annual Christmas dinner and the Garden Party, are free and open to the public. For more information, or to request a Zoom code, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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