Headed to a book club meeting later today (yes, “The Book Club That Ended All Book Clubs” is really the name of this book club) to discuss Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. I was surprised that this varied group of visibly “professional” and/or “artistic” folk, primarily from the Brooklyn immigrant community, chose this book (it’s a democratic process that involves nominations and voting on Facebook). It seemed too “touchy feely” for this group. Although, I was happy to have this book be the choice because I had already started it and was having trouble finishing it (also, always happy not to have another book on my to-read list). I am very much looking forward to the meeting and seeing where the discussion goes.
Brené Brown intrigues me because she holds fast to her identity as an academic, but is part of this larger machine (propelled by the Oprah industry) that moves her into an arena that academics tend to frown at. From what I’ve seen, she straddles the line between the two areas and makes that line look a lot less defined, and a bit silly. This TED talk video basically sums up the book: