Disability Network Book Club

The Disability Network Book Club meets quarterly (March, June, September, December) in both our Kalamazoo and St. Joseph offices. We meet at Noon and provide a light lunch. The books we read are by and/or about people with disabilities.

Book Club: June 2017

Next Book Club Meeting:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. at both our Kalamazoo and St. Joseph Offices.
A light lunch will be provided, please contact us to let us know you’re coming:
• Kalamazoo: RSVP to Michele (269) 345-1516 x116
• St. Joseph: RSVP to Terezie (269) 982-7761

THE BOOK: Everything, Everything

(By: Nicola Yoon)

The world outside the home of 18-year-old Madeline Whittier, the heroine of Nicola Yoon’s debut novel, is filled with threats: viruses, allergens, bacteria, deadly airborne particles. These are all things that Madeline’s compromised immune system can’t handle. She has SCID, or severe combined immunodeficiency, known as “bubble baby disease.” So Madeline is a princess trapped in a castle — except her castle is a spotless, decontaminated house in Los Angeles with white walls, where she lives with her mother, a physician. She hasn’t left the house for 17 years. In order for people to visit (and they don’t; besides her nurse, Carla, Madeline’s only friends are virtual), they would have to endure a thorough physical and spend an hour in a decontamination airlock.

“My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.  But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.”

Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller! Soon to be a major motion picture starring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson!

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This book is available in print and audio CD, as an audio recording from the National Library for the Blind and the Michigan Braille and Talking Book Library, and on Kindle and Nook.  Disability Network Southwest Michigan has copies of the book and audio CD available to borrow, and the book and audio recording is available at many local libraries.

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