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babble book club reading 'Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter' by Carmen Aguirre

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babble book club's new selection is Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre. Our final discussion will be Friday November 1 at 2:00pm EST in the babble book lounge where everyone is invited to share their thoughts!

Something Fierce tells the gripping tale of a six-year-old Aguirre forced to flee with her family to Canada during the violent Chilean coup that removed democratically elected socialist president Salvador Allende and began the reign of dictator General Augusto Pinochet.

When the Chilean resistance issued a call for exiled activists to return, Aguirre's mother and stepfather set up a safe house in Bolivia, thus ushering Aguirre into the movement. At 18, Aguirre joined the resistance and moved to Argentina with her husband to continue the fight.

Something Fierce is an intense and riveting story told from a first hand account that interweaves moments of love, family, resistance and war. It has received much praise from news outlets, authors and readers including winning the Canada Read 2012: True Stories competition.

Many book clubbers are already chomping at the bit, ready to start this excellent selection. Something Fierce is widely available in local libraries, independent and secondhand bookstores and as an ebook too. If you need some help finding a book just ask here in the comments section or on our babble thread for this discussion and we'll be happy to help.

Want to “join” the babble book club?

Please do! It's easy and free because all you need to do is register as a rabble.ca user!

The babble book club doesn't have official members -- any rabble users or new friends who want to join in the discussion are welcome.

First, here are some tips to become a rabble.ca user:

1. Go to our log-in/registration page and fill out the subsequent information. Don't worry, providing us with your email will not automatically set you up for emails from rabble.ca nor will we give your email to anyone else -- it is just for security reasons. Also, feel free to use a pseudonym as your username, most people do!

2. Once you sign up, become familiar with our babble policy and check out our FAQ babble page for tips and tricks on how to post in babble. A babble quirk? You have to refresh your page in order to see new posts on that thread. A bit time consuming, but we're working on it!

3. Look around and get familiar with babble by exploring all the different threads on the discussion board, including the babble book lounge where our discussion thread is set up for Something Fierce. Babble offers a lot of different topics with a lot of different users and is a great place to discuss current affairs, gardening, writing and hockey, among other things!

Second, here are the nitty gritty details of how the conversation works:

1. Our final discussion for Something Fierce happens in the babble book lounge on the previously established babble thread Friday November 1 at 2 p.m. EST for one hour in real time. Real time means there will be more members of the book club present and the conversation will have a quicker flow. Our moderator (username: Kaitlin McNabb) will kick off our conversation with a hello!

2. Even though we have a final discussion date, everyone is encouraged to discuss their thoughts on the book during their reading process. The advantage of having an online book club is it is flexible and available all the time! Since this part of the conversation is not in real time, comments might not be responded to immediately, but eventually.

3. During our final discussion everyone is encouraged to post their questions and comments with respect to other babblers on the thread. We want to create lots of discussion and find out whatever everyone thinks about this selection!

And that's it! Pretty simple, really.

We look forward to this discussion and the participation of babble book clubbers!

Join the babble book club Facebook group for added fun and meet some of the people in the club!

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