Some of you may remember last year when I blogged about participating in World Book Night to promote reading in my community. Well I applied again this year and was excited to be accepted. I chose the book Still Alice, which is written from the point of view of someone with Alzheimers, and which haunted me for days after I read it.
Once again, I went to the local Subway restaurant to give out copies of the book in my little town. This year I took Pierce with me, because the kid LOVES to talk to strangers, and I figured he'd enjoy giving books to people. Plus, at the age of six it's time for him to start being active in giving back to the community too.
People in my community seemed much more receptive to Still Alice than the book I gave out last year. Everyone seemed really excited to read it, and it seems to make people feel warm and fuzzy to get something for free. I also think most of us have experienced the tragedy of Alzheimers in our lives at some point or another, so most folks can relate to the topic. I hope that those who took a free copy of Lisa Genova's wonderful book will find it as poignant and touching as I did.
If you'd like to share the love of reading in your community, this is a free program and you can sign up to get on the mailing list for next year by visiting the World Book Night website. They are always looking for more book givers!