August 2019 – The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan

Photo Aug 27, 7 06 51 PMWe’ve had some rainy weather so far in August!  Last night we gathered at the home of Laura Lee Gentry (thanks for hosting sweet friend!) which is always a fun night.   She and her hubby have an incredible edible garden out back – I’m inspired!  My favorite was the chocolate peppermint (think Peppermint Patties) and the basil.  Oh the basil!!! :::dreamy sigh::::

Our book for August is The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan.  We explored the world of the Vanderbilts and the incredible home they built in Ashville, NC.  We’ve all visited this architectual wonder.  The intrigue of the iconic Vanderbilts and the people who swirled around their social circles is quite fascinating.   Can you imagine growing up in the Biltmore estate?  I can!!!

For author Denise Kiernan bio click HERE 

For book club questions click HERE 

There are many tales of ghosts who walk the halls of the Biltmore – the most famous is George Vanderbilt himself!  Upon my last visit years ago, I of course asked the staff (in hushed tones of course – much more fun that way) ifthere were INDEED tales of ghosts.  With a very serious glance around to make sure no one was listening, they confirmed that YES there are certain wings and rooms of the Biltmore that are avoided like the plague due to unusual occurrences happening.  Doors opening or closing – voices echoing when no one is there, foot steps on upper floors.  George Vanderbilt died in the Biltomore  so you KNOW it HAS to be HIIM!  It’s more fun to think it is anyway!

We enjoyed The Last Castle very much – we hope you do too!

Until next time!

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June 2019 – Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet Ashton

Photo Jun 26, 5 39 14 PMGood Morning World!  What a lovely meeting last night!!

We met at my house La Petite Maison de Joie for Historic College Park Book Club’s June meeting.  Our book was Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet Ashton.   I listened to this on Audible which was quite delightful considering the narrator had an English accent which completely made the book come alive for me!  I’m a sucker for an English accent.

The Beanster aka Judy Bean was the first to arrive at my house.  I was fearful we were the only ones attending then everyone began spilling in!!! We had a very good group for the evening!  There was one other instance when Judy and I were the ‘only’ ones in attendance – remember that Judy ? it was years ago……  we were having book club at one of the local eateries – luckily we had the best wee book club meeting with just the two of us!  Ha! So many cherished memories with our book club which began in 2007 with just a handful of neighbors.  Our first book was Loving Frank.   

I could not find book club questions for this book – sorry girls! There is a list of generic book club questions I recently stumbled upon but could not find them.   Anywho…..  we managed quite nicely I think.   We enjoyed the book for the most part.  It was completely a beach read – with a slow beginning but we were drawn in after we got started.   The theme of the book is about family.  All the craziness that involves each of us and how it’s important to stick with the group which they did nicely through Sunday Lunch Club hence the name.   There were secrets, regrets, loathing and a lot of love swirled in this book.   I really liked the menus at the beginning of each chapter.

For author bio click HERE 

The author writes under several different names including her real name of Bernadette Strachan.

Thank you everyone for bringing delightful nibbles (and the Bischoff from Judy considering you’re a Delta gal!) but especially to Laura Lee for actually using my oven which never EVER gets used!  Because I do not COOK! Those shrimp were divine!

Of course with our local Mayoral race heating up we HAD to go there and get political talk going (my bad actually… he he he).  I hope all the candidates ears are burning! We talked about the good bad and the ugly.    Thanks everyone for putting their two cents in on all the candidates.  Should be an interesting election indeed.  Just hopeful the most ethical, honest, and bright (we know who that is now don’t we – giggling) gets elected!

Thanks again everyone for coming to our meeting last night.   I just love book club…. don’t you?

Special thanks to my sweet wee Scottish Terriers for being so good!! Pip, Cricket and Bumble are the cutest.

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May 2019 – Grace & Grit The Lilly Ledbetter Story Goodyear – by Lanier Isom

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Thank you Julie Askew for hosting our May meeting.  Always such a great joy to be in your quaint cottage.  I always find things I didn’t see before, and then I get to see my favorite things again. Win win.

Our May book was by Lanier Isom, a friend in Birmingham Alabama.   She partnered with Lilly Ledbetter to get her story to the masses.  And what a story!

For author bio click HERE 

For video on Lilly Ledbetter click HERE 

What an important journey Ms. Ledbetter took in realizing she was not receiving equal pay for exact same work being doing by male counterparts.  Shame on Goodyear!  Lilly never received compensation for being underpaid. Once again SHAME on GOODYEAR!

Thank you Ms. Ledbetter for not giving up!  The Lilly Ledbetter Act can be viewed HERE 

Another great book in the list ladies!

See you next month!

 

April 2019 – Breaking and Holding by Judy Fogarty

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We were soooooo excited to have our April meeting mainly so that we could see Steph’s new kitchen!!! Blown away!!!  GREAT JOB STEPH!!  We all loved it completely.   I love your house so the kitchen redo was even more love coming from me!

Our April book was Breaking and Holding by Judy Fogarty.  For author bio click HERE 

We pretty much as a group felt the book was a complete beach read  – which is OK! Although we did get a good feel for reliving our 70s and 80s through the vibes of the tennis world! Think John Mcenroe and my very favorite Bjorn Borg :::::he’s so hot!::::::  Remember the temper tantrums of John Mcenroe? What a goober but made for great tennis watching – you just never ever knew what Mcenroe would do!!!  The urge to wear tennis whites now is overwhelming. For some angry outburst by John Mcenroe click HERE What a bad boy!!  For some eye candy click HERE for Bjorn Borg :::dreamy sigh:::

The author also spun a few paths of feminism and a lot of sex into the mix which many of us knew (about the feminism references)  but some of us didn’t (like me – about the feminism not the sex part  ::giggling::::) .   The book Fear of Flying by Erica Jong had nothing to do with airplanes – just in case you didn’t know that.  It’s the 2nd wave of feminism.   The book Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan is another I’ve never heard of.  I wasn’t the only one thank goodness.  Somehow we got onto the book The Joy of Sex which I’ve never read – not because I’m an expert by any means.  Ahem.  See? The path of discussions can take you anywhere!  :::blushing::::::  THEN came the Kama Sutra talk …… I’m turning red even thinking of all that.  Not enough coffee yet folks!!!

Thanks for hosting Steph! We all have kitchen envy now.   Great job!

See you next month ladies!

March 2019 – Red Mountain by Boo Walker

cp2Everyone came to my house for March meeting.   The girls (aka my wee scottish terriers were sequestered until everyone was inside and I could let Pip, Cricket & Bumble out to lick everyone! )

Boo Walker our author for this month is just a dream!  Not to be confused with Boo Radley from To Kill a Mockingbird.  No resemblance I assure you.

For author bio click HERE 

Book club questions click HERE 

I think we all hands down felt that Carmen was our least liked character with Otis, Joan and Margot being very much liked.   I think for me Joan and Margot tied for who I liked the best.

We tossed around ideas of what actors would play who in the upcoming movie.  I think we all across the board enjoyed the book.  I know I did.

See you next month!  Great seeing everyone for our March meeting!

 

Feb 2019 – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

AF7A58DC-063D-415C-B2E5-8E92F95A7913 2Thanks to everyone who made the trip North of the city on a rainy traffic filled night to nest at Claire’s home for book club!  We seem to have had a ‘rainy season’ descend upon the South and it’s completely sucked beans for weeks now …or has it been months.  It’s been a long rainy while I’ll tell you that.    Jenny and I actually were able to grab a pre-book club cocktail at Blue Grotto right around the corner from Claires!  All about the cocktail baby!  A big thank you to Claire for hosting!  Always a wonderful day when we get to see Claire.

I remember seeing this book on Reese Witherspoon’s book club list and I added it to ours.  I’m so glad I did!  A wonderful story woven in the marsh of North Carolina.   A love story, a coming of age so many things author Delia Owens wrapped in this wonderful story.

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We talked of how painful to think of leaving a 6 year old girl alone to fend with a raging violent alcoholic father who may or may not be present was mind-blowing.  The way Kya learned how to take care of herself was inspirational.   We loved that Kya became an author and expert of the area and natural world that she loves.   The ending was a twist we were not expecting!!!  I brought up the query of how her mother’s sister didn’t send for the children when the mother showed up?  I thought that was bizarre and cold.

It was a delightful read – very much able to visualize where Kya lived, the marsh and nature that inspired and kept her safe.

P.S. we really DID have an issue opening that bottle of friggin’ wine! Holy snap!

We all enjoyed the book — for those who couldn’t join us you were missed!

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