Led by Julie Minnis with a discussion with author Mary F. Pols
Accidentally on Purpose: The True Tale of a Happy Single Mother Starting in on our second year of Bookshop Santa Cruz’s Community Book Group—a monthly Book Group open to everyone in the community and centered on works by Bay Area authors, Bookshop Santa Cruz’s next selection is Mary Pols’ memoir: Accidentally on Purpose. At thirty-nine, movie critic Mary Pols knew she wanted to have a baby. But never—not in a million years—on her own. To take on the physical, emotional and financial challenges of motherhood without a perfect soul mate/husband would be absurd, kind of like not bothering to use a condom during a one-night stand with an adorable but jobless guy ten years her junior. Pols spends the ensuing weeks after her home pregnancy test despairing over everything, from her money woes to the end of her hopes for a traditional life. Not the least of her worries is finding the right way to drop the bombshell on loved ones, including her five siblings and eighty-four-year-old father, who has a German temper and an Irish Catholic attitude toward babies out of wedlock. Yet faced with the frightening, lonely truth that this might be her only chance of motherhood, she plunges ahead with the pregnancy and an Odd Couple version of a co-parenting relationship that looks like one more disaster in a long line of romantic disappointments. But even as she tries to give her son's young father a radical makeover, she realizes that his devotion to and love for their child matters more than his spotty resume or his inability to remember to put oil in the car. With humor, insight and compelling honesty, Pols reveals what it means to compromise in the name of love and to find joy in an accidental life, suddenly brimming with purpose. We invite you to read Accidentally on Purpose and then join us on Thursday, August 27th at 7:30pm for a group discussion facilitated by Julie Minnis, followed by a dialogue with Mary Pols at 8:00pm. Accidentally on Purpose will be discounted to the whole community at 10% off its cover price from July 23rd until the August 27th meeting date. We hope you’ll join us.
PS—There will be snacks, chocolate, and tea!! PPS—This story is so compelling that I can also tell you that the book is being made into a television series starring Jenna Elfman (as Mary Pols) and CBS has picked it up for pilot season coming out this fall. (booksense)