Welcome to the KPL Book Club Blogspot

Welcome to the internet home of the Kilbourn Public Library (KPL) Book Club. The KPL Book Club meets at the library once a month. A book is chosen for each month and then members of the book club meet the last Monday and Wednesday of every month for lively discussion and treats. While we can’t offer you treats via the internet, this KPL Reads blog was designed for those of you who would like to participate in the book club but don’t have time to join us at meetings. Each month KPL staff will post discussion topics and questions to get you “talking”. Join in the discussion by adding a post to the blog. Click on the word comments below the post you want to "talk" about and write your comment. Be sure to check back often to see feedback and comments.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Our February book selection is Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua.  At once provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother ignited a global parenting debate with its story of one mother's journey in strict parenting.  Amy Chua argues that Western parenting tries to respect and nurture children's individuality, while Chinese parents typically believe that arming children with skills, strong work habits and inner confidence prepares them best for the future.

Achingly honest and profoundly challenging, this book is one of the most talked about books of our times. Pick up a copy of this book at the library and let us know what you think.

What is your overall reaction to Battle Hymn of the Mother Tiger?  Are you appalled or impressed, in agreement, disagreement...or something else?

Is this a parenting manual?  Are Western parents too soft on, or too permissive toward, their children?  Does Amy Chua offer an alternative parenting model?

Do you agree or disagree with Chua's criticisms of various aspects of Western culture---Facebook and junk food being two examples?

What do you predict for Chua's daughters?  Do you think they will raise their childen with the same strict standards their mother applied to them?