Thoughts By Natalie

Non-Fiction Book Club: August Pick

July is coming to a close next week and that means it’s time to finish up reading What Remains, and start diving into a brand new book club pick for August. While watching the Today Show at the gym earlier this month, I saw a compelling interview with an author named Katherine Preston who had a very interesting story to tell.

Her book, Out With It: How Stuttering Helped Me Find My Voice, is our pick for the month of August, and a story I’m eager to read now that I’ve gotten a sense of her charming personality thanks to the Today Show interview. From Amazon…

A vividly powerful memoir of a young woman who fought for years to change who she was until she finally found her voice and learned to embrace her imperfection.

Imagine waking up one day to find your words trapped inside your head, leaving you unable to say what you feel, think, want, or need. At the age of seven that happened to Katherine Preston. From that moment, she began battling her stutter and hiding her shame by denying there was anything wrong. Seventeen years later, exhausted and humiliated, she made a life-changing decision: to leave her home in London and spend a year traveling around America meeting hundreds of stutterers, speech therapists, and researchers. What began as a vague search for a cure became a journey that debunked the misconceptions shrouding the condition, and a love story that transformed her conception of what it means to be normal.

Shedding light on an ancient condition that affects approximately 4 million people in the United States and 60 million people worldwide, Preston has assembled an anthology of expertise and experience. In addition to specialists in the field, she interviews celebrities, writers, musicians, social workers, psychologists, and financiers—men and women from all walks of life battling their difficulties with speech. A heartwarming memoir and a journalistic feat, Out With It is more than a chronicle of one of the most prevalent speech problems in the world; it’s a story about understanding yourself, and learning to embrace the voice within.

Non-Fiction Book Club: August Pick //

As always, don’t forget to join the Facebook event page if you’re reading along this month—it’s a fun way for us all to connect, share quotes and chat about the book even though we’re not all in the same place!

Will you be reading along this month?

Top photo by Shannon Lee Miller

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