Book Club


January 11th, 2023


5:45 pm - 7:00 pm


Throwback Brewery

Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted


Our next meeting will be on January 11th (since we will be closed on Jan 4th) and the book will be Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad. As for the past few meetings, we’ll cap attendance around 15 in order to make for a nice discussion size. Also, a book on the short list for next time is The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich. We’ll still vote in January for the February book, but thought you should all know that this is one in the running!

Here is some info about January’s Book- Between Two Kingdoms:

New York Times best seller

A searing, deeply moving memoir of illness and recovery that traces one young woman’s journey from diagnosis to remission to reentry into “normal” life – from the author of the Life, Interrupted column in The New York Times

One of the Best Books of the Year: The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, The Rumpus, She Reads, Library Journal, Booklist

“I was immersed for the whole ride and would follow Jaouad anywhere…. Her writing restores the moon, lights the way as we learn to endure the unknown.” (Chanel Miller, The New York Times Book Review)

“Beautifully crafted…affecting…a transformative read…. Jaouad’s insights about the self, connectedness, uncertainty and time speak to all of us.” (The Washington Post)

In the summer after graduating from college, Suleika Jaouad was preparing, as they say in commencement speeches, to enter “the real world”. She had fallen in love and moved to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a war correspondent. The real world she found, however, would take her into a very different kind of conflict zone.

It started with an itch – first on her feet, then up her legs, like a thousand invisible mosquito bites. Next came the exhaustion, and the six-hour naps that only deepened her fatigue. Then a trip to the doctor and, a few weeks shy of her 23rd birthday, a diagnosis: leukemia, with a 35 percent chance of survival. Just like that, the life she had imagined for herself had gone up in flames. By the time Jaouad flew home to New York, she had lost her job, her apartment, and her independence. She would spend much of the next four years in a hospital bed, fighting for her life and chronicling the saga in a column for The New York Times.

When Jaouad finally walked out of the cancer ward – after countless rounds of chemo, a clinical trial, and a bone marrow transplant – she was, according to the doctors, cured. But as she would soon learn, a cure is not where the work of healing ends; it’s where it begins. She had spent the past 1,500 days in desperate pursuit of one goal – to survive. And now that she’d done so, she realized that she had no idea how to live.

How would she reenter the world and live again? How could she reclaim what had been lost? Jaouad embarked – with her new best friend, Oscar, a scruffy terrier mutt – on a 100-day, 15,000-mile road trip across the country. She set out to meet some of the strangers who had written to her during her years in the hospital: a teenage girl in Florida also recovering from cancer; a teacher in California grieving the death of her son; a death-row inmate in Texas who’d spent his own years confined to a room. What she learned on this trip is that the divide between sick and well is porous, that the vast majority of us will travel back and forth between these realms throughout our lives. Between Two Kingdoms is a profound chronicle of survivorship and a fierce, tender, and inspiring exploration of what it means to begin again.

A few things to note, if you are interested in book club.

1- Sometimes during pre-covid book club, we would get 15++ people at a meeting, and that number of people made discussion difficult. As such, we will cap the book club at 15 people. Interested in attending? Please shoot us an email now. Once we have 15, we will put you on a waitlist. WE HAVE FIFTEEN PEOPLE AND ARE ON A WAITLIST FOR BOOK CLUB MEETING 3

2- We also have a Throwback Brewery Book Club email distribution list. We email everyone on the list 2x a month – once to let everyone know what the next book and book club date is, and once again (a week before the meeting) to get a headcount of who plans on attending. If that sounds like something you are interested in, email us to add you to our distribution list!