Sunday, September 10, 2006

September 2006 Book Pick: "The Myth of You and Me"

Recently, the first friend I ever made in elementary school, Alessandra Scornaenchi, e-mailed me. We had been friends for almost two decades but had lost touch. We met on the first day of first grade when we were both five. I remember thinking how cool it was that I had found my first best friend. From that point on, we were inseparable. I vividly remember spending sun-drenched summers spent running around the block, eating ripe tomatoes from her dad’s garden, and feasting on her mother’s homemade pizzas and pastas. For someone like me, who never had a sister, I never forgot how wonderful it was to have someone to share all your secrets, your ambitions and dreams with someone who just understood you.

Female friendships are the stuff legends are made of. That’s why we’ve chosen Leah Stewart’s magical “The Myth of You and Me” as our book club selection this month. The story delves into the lives of two young women, Cameron and Sonia who meet in their teens and share a deep bond. The story starts many years later after the women have gone their separate ways after an incident that ended their friendship. Cameron receives a letter from Sonia and becomes inspired to track her down and deliver a mysterious package to her. From that point the adventure begins. The book is mainly told in flashback but looks at the heart and humor of what it takes to sustain a friendship. “The Myth of You and Me” is a celebration and portrait of a friendship that will appeal to anyone who still feels the absence of that first true friend.

Join us on Monday, October 2nd at 7PM at Joseph-Beth Booksellers at SouthPark Mall. We will be hosting an exclusive evening with the author, Leah Stewart. She will be discussing and signing copies of this marvelous book. Please RSVP at