- - - Killing the President by Teresa Bergen - - -

Book Club Questions for Killing the President

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2. Some readers have found a sexual attraction for dying women to exceed the limits of taste and defy possibility. What other fetishes, real or imagined, are comparably disturbing?

3. Have you had spiritual experiences with your pets?

4. If you had the tools, inclination, and weren't afraid of heights, how might you deface a billboard?

5. Justin makes a stupid joke about hiring a pro golfer to kill the president by hitting him between the eyes with a golf ball. What might be more plausible ways to assassinate a world leader?

6. Zoe's illness makes it impossible for her to continue working at Jojo's Fair Trade World Coffee Café, and forces her to trade her sexual favors for basic sustenance. How have you used sex for your benefit, through necessity, greed, or hunger for power?

7. Justin does marketing surveys from a call center. From page 14: "Question three of this survey was the worst. Justin preferred the tidiness of checking yes or no, or maybe a number from one to ten. But now he had to ask, "Are there groups of people that you are now more suspicious of, and if so, who?" He had to listen to their fear and paranoia, their stereotypes, their carefully disguised, shameful racism, their proud, firm convictions. The first day it had been interesting, but now it was just depressing. People were scared of everybody: Young people. Blacks. Arabs, ragheads, sand niggers. Homosexuals. Women who want to be men. Men who dress like women. Foreigners. Hippies. Anarchists. The homeless. Gangs. Poor people. Rich people. Yuppies. The kind of people who watch Jerry Springer. The kind of people who listen to NPR. Militia types. Our government. The liberal media."

What groups are you now suspicious of? Whom did you suspect five years ago? Ten? Who might be suspicious in the future?

8. Discuss three times you have been ashamed of yourself for being a coward.

9. On page 207, Zoe wonders if Candi is right that the dying girls' dreams were preparing them for death: "Every night the dolphins came to Candi in her dreams. They bobbed with her in a warm sea, rubbing their smooth sides against her affectionately, and tapping her with their snouts till morning. She was certain they would be waiting for her when she died. She expected to be amongst them always, perhaps as their queen in human or dolphin form, maybe in another reality, or in Heaven. If she was reincarnated here on earth, she hoped to live off the coast of Santa Barbara, or perhaps in Hawaii."

Do you think dreams can prepare you for death? What important dreams have you had?