June 2020 – The Corpse Washer by Sinan Antoon

undefinedOur last in person book club was March – about 4 months ago! The Covid virus seems surreal in that I feel as if I’m on a movie set awaiting someone to call CUT! That’s a wrap!

On a rainy night in Georgia, last evening to be exact – we meandered to Alex’s lovely home in Historic College Park. Just a trio of book loving gals antsy to talk, laugh, have libations and be merry.

Our book for June is The Corpse Washer by Sinan Antoon. I listend to it on audible. Very interesting indeed. For a summary click HERE . I’ve always found it fascinating how different cultures prepare their loved ones in death. I very much recommend this book.

We three muskateers sat and giggled, had serious insights as to what we have going on in our lives at the moment. I’m just post ‘nip tuck’ surgery about a week and a half ago — thus I’m wearing a head scarf and glasses lest I scare you to death. Plus it’s quite fun being all mysterious. Think Kim Novak in a Hitchcock film. :::::squeeeee:::::::

I’ll be double nickles on the 4th of July – and at this point in my life my time is very important to me. I only attend things that I enjoy and adds something to my life. Book club DEFINATELY does that for me.

That’s a wrap!

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March 2020 – The Kid Stays in the Picture by Robert Evans

Photo Mar 31, 10 52 37 AM** We are in the middle of the pandemic Covid 19- We have been asked to ‘shelter in place’ so no book club! We are using ZOOM to hold our meetings – thankfully we can still talk and see one another! Waiting for the madness to end!! **

Our March meeting was held by ZOOM – thank GOD FOR ZOOM!  For an extravert like myself (Kimy) this sheltering in place has been maddening.   So happy to have Eileen, Julie A, Julie S aka Jules, the wee one Jenny, Steph who is the host of a fab cocktail party when we aren’t in the middle of a pandemic outbreak,  Patricia and our Sherry from Chattanooga! Did I leave anyone out?  I chose my favorite striped cotton beach slacks, my favorite navy sweater for our meeting.  When you can’t go out of the house choosing your attire for a ZOOM meeting becomes VERY IMPORTANT.

Our March book is also a movie – The Kid Stays in the Picture by Robert Evans.

What a life!! I had no idea who Robert Evans was but knew all the movies he produced.  I found his obituary was quite interesting. Click HERE to read. 

For video of his life click HERE 

His lovely home Woodland is featured HERE 

Great seeing everyone and catching up via ZOOM.  Hopefully by end of April or May we will be done with this ‘shelter in place’ event.  Love to you all!

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P.S.  Note the red cut across the bridge of my nose! Hazards of an ipad in bed! Holy snap!

Feb 2020 Echoes of the Fall by Hank Early

1_Ail0W9VMg0CEGG-2i8DkeQWonderful meeting ladies and gents!  Happy Leap Day! Feb 29!

We were honored to have Southern Author Hank Early and his wife and friend join us from Birmigham Ala!  A special thanks to Christine for welcoming our book club into her lovely home!  Christine is also my neighbor – we are across the street from one another in Frog Hollow, East Point Ga!

I was please to meet the author and his entorage for a pre-book club dinner at my favorite haunt in Atlanta Volare Bistro is Historic Hapeville Ga.  We then meandered over to Christine’s lovely home for our meeting.

We were able to tape our meeting which you can see HERE  The video is about a 40 min question and answer session.  I really enjoyed it everyone!

Here is the clip of the snake handling church in Sand Mt near Lake Guntersville Ala.   Theres also the ‘midget wrestling’ in that area as well.   If we were all the same it would be very boring is all I’m going to say on these topics.   Bless their hearts.  Ahem.

We completely enjoyed having Hank Early with us.  This is his second visit with our book club with the first being 2 years ago with the first book of this 3 part series.    I just downloaded his short stories written under his true name of John Mantooth called Shoebox Train Wreck on Audible .  A southern gothic themed short stories.  Can’t wait!

We ended the evening at Arches Brewery – a local haunt in Hapeville Ga.

Thanks everyone for making our book club the best!!

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Jan 2020 – The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

A3827102-0327-42FA-BA81-EEBC681FF3E3Wonderful evening ladies!! Thanks to Linda (Alan and furry Teddy respectively) for hosting our Jan meeting!  I always LOVE being in your home. Filled with books and so many interesting things to see – always a pleasure.

I always get asked ‘ how do you pick the books for the year? ‘  It’s a complied ongoing list of recommendations from people and articles I collect that’s stored in my phone.  I go in and randomly add the books.  More fun that way don’t you think? Books are chosen for the entire year.   This particular book The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing was a recommenation by a University of Alabama Prof. of Womens Studies.   I completely freaked when I realized it was uber thick.  The audible version alone was something like 25 hours.

We all agreed it was very difficult to ‘get into’ the book.  It didn’t flow well.  Hard to keep track of when where and who is being discussed and how they entered the story.  The author Ms. Lessing is a very accomplished award winning author on many levels – this particular book was either you loved it or not so much.

For author bio click HERE 

For video of Doris Lessing discussing the book click HERE 

We had a lovely evening discussing the book which then lead onto other paths of conversation which is the very reason I LOVE BOOK CLUB!! Part literary, part social part therapy.   Two NEW members Christine and Alex – welcome!  We touched on so many subjects.  Bravo!

 

Dec 2019 Christmas on Jane Street

Photo Dec 10, 5 58 39 PMWhat a wonderful wonderful time of the year!!!! I’m singing that in my head this very moment.   I love the holidays!  I especially love our end of year book club meeting which is usually held at The Prichards home; and this year it was spectacular!! Firstly their home is decorated to the hilt with cheer!!!  Secondly its larger and can accomodate our group.  We were ‘just right’ this year. For those who could not attend you were greatly missed!

Our book this year was Christmas on Jane Street which is a true story of a family who has a Christmas tree lot on the corner of Jane Street and Eigth Ave in NYC.   It’s quite magical.   For a wonderful video made by a customer of theirs click HERE  

For news video coverage click HERE 

Another wonderful video that you must see! Click HERE 

Author bios – Billy Romp  and Wanda Urbanksa 

We all enjoyed the book seeing that it showed the change and shift in the dad’s pespective of what his memories are and what his daughters will be.  He was thankfully was able to step back and let her grow and morph into the magic of the Nutcracker.

Our Dec meeting we have our end of year white elephant gift swap.  The rules are it has to be something that you already own.  It can be a lovely gift, a joke gift, a book, a sweater, something big or small.  That’s what makes it so fun!!!  A gift can be stolen only twice and the person who had #1 going first gets the last steal if so deemed.

Another year of the Historic College Park Book Club has come to a close :::::smiling:::::::  when I look back through the year it seemed to go so quickly!  Thanks to everyone who has become a part of our wonderfully quirky group.  We have a love of books, talk and friendship.   Every book club is different – ours is uniquely special because of the women who are members.   Thanks you everyone!

Have a wonderful holiday everyone and see you in Januray!!! Cheers!!!

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