The Everygirl Book Club: Then Again // week four

It’s the final week for Then Again, our second selection for the Random House Reader’s Circle for The Everygirl. We’ve enjoyed hearing your thoughts, feelings, and reactions to Diane’s powerful memoir and hope you’ll keep the discussion going!

We’ve posted some questions below, but feel free to offer your own thoughts, questions, and opinions. And remember that our commenting programming allows you to reply directly to one another’s comments and get e-mail alerts when new comments are posted, allowing everyone to engage in conversation. That way, time zone and location is not a concern, and the conversation can continue all week.

Discussion Questions:

In Chapter 12, Diane talks about the experience of adopting Dexter and the development of their special mother-daughter relationship. How does Diane’s relationship with Dexter mirror her relationship with her own mother, Dorothy?

What are your thoughts about Diane becoming a mother later in life?

Diane says, “One of the biggest benefits of having siblings is a shared history.” For those of you with siblings, do you agree?

What were your thoughts and reactions as you read about Dorothy’s battle with Alzheimer’s?

How would you answer this question posed by Diane on page 239: “How do we focus on some aspect of information that will help forge a path to an emotionally fulfilling life?”

Death is a topic Diane explores several times throughout her story, particularly in Chapter 14 with the loss of her mother. What did you learn from Diane’s experiences? How have you coped with the deaths of loved ones and friends?

This quote was Scotch-taped to Dorothy’s workroom wall: “Memories are simply moments that refuse to be ordinary.” What are some of your favorite memories? Why are they special to you?

We want to know your overall opinion about the book. What was your favorite part? Did you enjoy reading a memoir or do you prefer novels? What struck you most about Diane and Dorothy’s relationship?

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