All Over the Page - Between Two Kingdoms

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Program Type:

Books & Authors

Age Group:

Adults

Program Description

All Over the Page

All Over the Page is a monthly evening book discussion group for adults, with a guest facilitator.

Event Details

This month we will be discussing Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad. The discussion will be facilitated by Beth Miller. 

"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 twenty-third 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 three and a half years 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--where it begins. She had spent the past 1,500 days in desperate pursuit of one goal--to survive. And now that she's done so, she realized that she had no idea how to live. How would she reenter the world and live again?"

Beth Miller is a senior sustainability analyst at Clayton Homes, where she tracks the company's carbon emissions. She was diagnosed with stage III triple-negative breast cancer in 2020 at the age of 38 and spent 10 months completing chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. Now she spends her free time pursuing outdoor activities, traveling and, of course, reading! She lives in Old North Knoxville with her husband, Robert, and her big, goofy dog, Rosie.

Accessibility

For ADA accommodations, call (865) 215-8703 or send request to director@knoxlib.org 72 hours in advance of program.