East Austin Book Club

Discussing books together, on the third Monday of every month at Native Hostel & Bar on Zoom, 7pm sharp

World of Wonders

by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

From beloved, award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil comes a debut work of nonfiction--a collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us. This book is illustrated, recommend getting a physical copy vs e-book or e-reader.

Discussion questions

  • She uses the corpse flower as a way to weed out dates. What is the question or response you use to weed out dates or friendships?
  • The experience with the octopus dying changes the way her son eats, has anything impacted you that way?
  • What did you think of her making the creatures like humans? Where was that effective and where was it a problem?
  • Which wonder metaphor was the strongest? The weakest?
  • What would make you feel empathy for creatures you have not seen or heard? What do you think of her wondering if it takes a zoo to do so?
  • What is lost when you grow up not knowing the names of things?
  • When was the last time you danced like a superb bird of paradise?
  • What did you love as a kid? Draw it and see where it leads you.