Morning Meanderings…. Today’s Hot Topic…. Breast Feeding



I mentioned a week or so ago about the Spoiler Pages and the traffic they can drive, especially when a book becomes a movie.  Current example of that is ROOM by Emma Donoghue, read and reviewed in 2010, reviewed by my book club in 2011, and then of course the SPOILER PAGE

and it is that Spoiler Page that is drawing the attention now.

The movie, just released and is currently at our theater here in town.

What is the hot topic?  In the book, (I have not seen the movie) Jack is 5 and still breast feeding.  The book is told from Jack’s perspective.  It is discussed in the book that when he is hungry he will say “want some” and then he will breast feed.  It was something that made me double take, as well as my book club and it was admittedly, a part of our discussion.  We understood the reasoning behind it in the book, they never know when and if food will be coming.

What is happening on the spoiler page for the most part is opinions on breast feeding as well as the occasional jab at me for admitting on that page that I found that part of the book a little disturbing to my mid western upbringing. 🙂  It is an interesting discussion, and really always has been.  I even interviewed the author, Emma Donoghue about this topic and she said she was surprised the reaction, especially from the US.  Here was what she wrote to me in 2011…

Emma:  Finally, your breastfeeding question.  It seems to me that Jack mentions it pretty rarely, actually: he gives far more analysis of what they have for lunch and dinner.  But it’s such a touchy subject (especially, I’m finding, in the US) that it stands out.  I kept it in because it seemed entirely natural that Ma would keep up that most comforting part of the mother-baby bond as long as they are living very much like a mother-and-baby (never apart, never socializing with other people) in ROOM.


Has anyone seen the movie?  A friend of mine told me last night she had seen it.  I asked her if it was a movie theater movie or a Red Box movie.  She said Red Box.  Any other thoughts on that?

Any hoo….. that’s what is happening on Book Journey today.

Things are starting to move here now. It has been a fairly quiet winter for which I am grateful.  It has been nice to have time to process and grieve at my own pace.  Now, in March, we have our spring book sale next week.  The week after that on the 18th is the Gatsby Event.  Then we will start working on Wine and Words, April will bring an Edible Book Fair, May a benefit, June Camp…..

Here we go.