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The BEST 21st Episode Ever : "The Guardians"

Updated: Jun 27, 2020

This week Mandy hosts our book club discussion about the book The Guardians by John Grisham. We talk about wrongful convictions, Grisham's writing style and so much more. Please join us for our lively discussion of this legal thriller. 


Book club questions

  1. What did you guys think of the settings? The towns? Really close to home!

  2. What did you think of the story itself - the plot? (i.e. - aside from anything else, did the story itself grab your attention?)

  3. Did you think that this book was predictable? If so, what was predictable? If not, what surprised you?

  4. John Grisham writes what critics began to call "legal thrillers." That is a packed term with two loaded words. Does this book live up to the term?

  5. I am a huge huge fan of true crime. I actually listen to Crime Junkie every Monday and one of the things that always gets to me is when it seems like there is an agenda to convict the wrong person. Even though this is a book of fiction, I think that injustice, in the form of wrongful convictions happens ALL. THE. TIME. People get framed (like with the flashlight), people get put in jail when there is no evidence connecting them to the crime scene, people get convicted based off perjured testimonies. In this book, what are some ways that Quincy was pinned for the murder of Keith Russo?

  6. John Grisham pretty much sets all of his books in the South or the Deep South. We are all aware of the South’s history with white supremacy and racial injustice. Grisham started writing in the mid-80s, so it’s interesting to read some of his older books from 30 years ago and see that there are race undertones in all of them, but I do think the perspective is different. How does race play a factor in this story?


Show Notes

"Rethinking Incarcerations" by Dominique DuBois Gilliard

"13th" on Netflix

Jen Hatmaker & Lisa Sharon Harper "White Women's Toxic Tears"

Up First Podcast "BONUS : American Police"

Crime Junkie


"The Innocent Man" series on Netflix based off John Grisham's only non-fiction work "The Innocent Man"

"Just Mercy" film - Watch free during the month of June

"Just Mercy" book

"The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" by Suzanne Collins (Podcast Episodes #19 and #20)

Theodore Boon series by John Grisham

"A Time to Kill" film

"A Time to Kill" by John Grisham

"Gray Mountain"by John Grisham

"Camino Island" by John Grisham

"Camino Winds" by John Grisham

The Lincoln Lawyer

"Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" by John Berendt

The University of Tennessee College of Law

"Rocky Top" by the Osborne Brothers

Dalton, GA

Chattanooga, TN


Upcoming Books

Mandy's Next Book : The Guardians by John Grisham

Sarah's Next Book : The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Katie's Next Book : Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Holly's Next Book : The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

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