Aug 2017 – Georgia by Dawn Tripp

cp2Thanks for hosting Wendy!  Your home is lovely!  The pups are precious and book club rocked!  Welcome Amy and Ellen are newest members!  Great turn out!

Our August book was close to everyone’s heart – Georgia by Dawn Tripp.  A book created through the letters of Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband / promoter Alfred Stieglitz.

Dawn Tripp a favorite among Boston writers, graduated from Harvard.  She lives in Massachusetts with her family.   For full author bio click HERE   

We explored how Georgia evolved as a person, woman and artist.  How would the birth of a child changed her?  Did Stieglitz truly love her and she him?

Did Georgia feel she was an icon?

Many have visited the Georgia O’Keeffe museum and her Ghost Ranch home.     As a group we felt we knew much of Georgia but realized much was learned in this book selection .  We questioned all the sexual inserts – being that this is ‘based’ on the letters between she and her husband we truly questioned it.

Learning all the people who came in and out of their social circle was quite fascinating.   Many in the group kept a list of people mentioned in book to research them further.

What a fun evening girls!   An incredible artist was Georgia.  She was a minimalist,  cutting edge modern artist of her time and to this day!

P.S.  Anda took all the caramel cake.  LOL

 

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July 2017 – Where’d You Go Bernadette? – Maria Semple

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A small intimate group gathered tonight – really enjoyed it ladies!  We had Georgie (Linda’s hubby) as our honorary male join us this evening along with the lovely Sarah (Anda’s grand) all the way from Kansas!   Also Pip and Cricket scotties extraordinaire in tow!

We all gathered around with nibbles and vino in hand – and delved into book club questions.  We all pretty much agreed that the book was a joy to read!  For book club questions click HERE –

For bio on Maria Semple click HERE 

Moving from LA to Seattle proved to be a bit too much for Bernadette — which is narrated in form by her daughter Bee.   Just picturing so many of the situations and facial expressions of the characters involved  when something happens alone will keep you in stitches.

Bernadette Fox is notorious.

To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

We discussed how there is not a ‘norm’ when it comes to any family – and yes…. we’ve all been in new situations and yes… we’ve definitely felt the outsider at times…   We think you’ll enjoy Maria Semples ‘Where’d You Go Bernadette’.   Happy page turning!

Can you believe it’s the end of July and almost August? Yikes….

Til next time ladies!

 

Jan 2017- Blood Money by Stephen Russell

article-2726185-1a12ca5d000005dc-486_634x800A huge thanks to Steph for hosting our book club.  I always love nesting at your home!  A huge shout-out to author Stephen Russell for facetiming with us for our meeting!  You rock!!!

For Dr. Stephen Russell thriller author bio click <<HERE>>

We gathered our nibbles and wine and settled into Steph’s LOVELY home!  A sweet little Victorian with so much charm!  We had the pleasure of a man this meeting! Alan Gravitt who is also an author joined us!  We had many questions for Stephen Russell who joined us via my iPhone.  NEXT time I”ll bring my laptop or iPad for larger view! It worked out just fine this time.  We also had a ‘drop-in’ by Georgie Prichard whose wife Linda was ill.  She still wanted him to bring food. Gotta love the South! :::beaming::::::   A lively meeting was had by all.

We were able to query Dr. Russell on questions regarding the book and on personal life as an author.  Being that Dr. Russell has 4 children at home (small ones) and a wife who is also a pediatrician – he has many things to juggle! When in the world do you find time to write?   This question was answered as he gets up at 4:30 (on purpose) to write at his kitchen table before everyone awakens for the day.   We all enjoyed the Mackie McKay series, with some reading his 2nd book first (Command and Control) and then reading the first book Blood Money.  He has the 3rd book in this series set to be released to the public in a few months.  Great job! Can’t wait to see what Mackie gets into!

Thank you again Dr. Russell for taking time out of your BUSY schedule to talk Blood Money.  We all greatly enjoyed your enthusiasm and the book.

 

Dec 2016 -In the Dark Streets Shineth by David McCulough

b604cf31-6490-4ade-bd02-9f5b00150114Another year is coming to a close –what a better way to do this than book club, in Historic College Park, at the Pritchards lovely home… with friends ::::beaming::::::

Our December book is by David McCullough which is a 1941 Christmas Eve Story of sorts.  It explains how we came to have our all time favorite Christmas songs!  And all this time I thought the song “I’ll be home for Christmas” was about working away from home – like a business meeting out of town or something of that nature.   It was about the war!  I’m not the only one in the group who didn’t know this I would like to add.  Ahem.

For author bio click <<HERE>>

Our end of year meeting is always the best.  Gathered at the Prichards lovely home – they decorate like no other – it’s Christmas on an entirely different level! Love it!   We also have the ‘white elephant’ gift swap/steal/gigglefest.    Sometimes it’s a great gift — sometimes not so much which is part of the fun!

Thanks to everyone who enjoys reading our blog about a book club in Atlanta, Ga – to all our members – 2017 is about to happen!

Have a Happy Holiday everyone!  Cheers!

 

NOV 2016 – The Crimson Portrait by Jody Shields

41kx0xn1-2lI can’t believe we are ending another year!  Savor each day —  every moment;  life seems to go by much too quickly.   I find that book club is actually a good marker of time for me -I can go back through the year, looking at the website and see what we read for that month; which immediately brings up images and events for those days in time.  Love it!

Thanks to Linda (and Georgie) for hosting our meeting for Nov and for next month too!

We read The Crimson Portrait by Jody Shields.    I incorrectly stated to a few members that we had previously read The Fig Eater which Jody Shields penned as well  WRONG!  I read the book – not book club.  It was an incredible book – so I’m adding it somewhere in the lineup soon.

For Jody Shields author bio click <<HERE>> 

For book club discussion questions clicke <<HERE>>

The Crimson Portrait deals with the Great War in which an estate is turned into a hospital for wounded soldiers – specifically facial wounds.  All mirrors are removed to help ease the injured soldiers healing process by keeping them from seeing their horrific facial wounds.

I’ve read the book several times and listened via Hoopla audiobook.  I really enjoyed the book (obviously).  Other book club members liked it as well.  We had several who found it tedious with all the medical terminology used in the book which I get and agree.   Relationship dynamics between staff , patients and Catherine were examined.

From our homes to yours, we hope you have a lovely holiday season!

 

 

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