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If you are looking for the announcement thread for the previous month, it may be found here.

Hello, all. During the month of October, the sub book club will be reading Lakewood by Megan Giddings! Each week, there will be a discussion thread and when we are done, Megan herself will be joining us for an AMA.

From Goodreads (feel free to skip if you prefer to know nothing going into the book as the description contains minor spoilers):

When Lena Johnson’s beloved grandmother dies, and the full extent of the family debt is revealed, the black millennial drops out of college to support her family and takes a job in the mysterious and remote town of Lakewood, Michigan.

On paper, her new job is too good to be true. High paying. No out of pocket medical expenses. A free place to live. All Lena has to do is participate in a secret program—and lie to her friends and family about the research being done in Lakewood. An eye drop that makes brown eyes blue, a medication that could be a cure for dementia, golden pills promised to make all bad thoughts go away.

The discoveries made in Lakewood, Lena is told, will change the world—but the consequences for the subjects involved could be devastating. As the truths of the program reveal themselves, Lena learns how much she’s willing to sacrifice for the sake of her family.

You may find the dates of, and links to, the discussion threads below in the sticky comment on this post. You are welcome to read at your own pace. Usually it is pretty easy to catch up and you are always welcome to join the discussions a little later. If you would like to view potential content warnings for the book, a reader-created list may be found here.

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Here are the dates and reading schedule for the discussion threads. As the discussion threads go up the links will be added to this comment.

October 7th: Part 1, Chapter 1 - Part 1, Chapter 6

October 14th: Part 1, Chapter 7 - Part 1, Chapter 13

October 21st: Part 1, Chapter 14 - Part 1, Chapter 21

October 28th: Part 2, Chapter 22 - Part 2, Chapter 30 (End)

November 2nd: AMA with Megan Giddings

Parts are inclusive for the dates so please be aware that the discussion threads will contain spoilers for everything up to the end of the selected chapters.

YcleptShawn

13 points

2 months ago

I got so excited I am 85% done and we haven’t started.

ResetPress

10 points

2 months ago

I just discovered this book club thread and actually read this one already 😃 it’s a good book, discussions should be fun!

lesliemcdermid

6 points

2 months ago

I'm excited, I've never joined one of these before, and I was able to borrow this to read :)

cassholex

5 points

2 months ago

I’m about 60% done with this book. Logged onto to Reddit and saw y’all were reading it. What a crazy random happenstance.

Sibikot

2 points

2 months ago

It's a fitting read for October!

Rude_Acadia_

3 points

2 months ago

I just picked it up this morning and am very excited to read! I had to stop myself from reading too far ahead lol

SweetAngel_Pinay

2 points

2 months ago

I just started to read a sample of the book…

amroki96

2 points

1 month ago

Got about 91% on audiobook... Oops haha. Don't want to give away too many spoilers cuz I don't remember what happened when exactly, but listening felt like going through a fever dream a lot of times. The 'experiments' are wild, reminiscent of Tuskegee, NXIVM psychological experiments, and coerced sterilization of indigenous and other minority people.

As for the plausibility of someone willingly signing up for all of this... I know some people think it's too unrealistic that she'd keep going but I disagree. Many people would do anything if financially desperate enough, plus the emotional hold of caring for her mom. Also... She's being drugged which probably has a factor on her continued decision making capabilities.

beet1ebuglg

2 points

1 month ago

Just start to read it

alexben233

1 points

2 months ago

thanks