July 2018 – Heaven’s Crooked Finger – Hank Early

Photo Jul 24, 6 34 31 PM*Make sure you follow our book blog so that you don’t miss one of our meetings!  We love books, discussion and whatever else comes across our path.  Which is what book club is all about! Dare to BARE your soul at book club! 

Our July book was Heaven’s Crooked Finger by author Hank Early .  Author was present for our meeting – how lucky are we!  We were very pleased to have him stay at the Solis Hotel (right beside the Porsche Headquarters in Hapeville).  He brought a good friend with him who is also a fellow teacher to explore Atlanta before our meeting.  Thank you so much for coming over!  For author website click HERE 

We gathered at Linda and Georgie’s home. Thanks so much for hosting!! I know Seth just had his wisdom teeth out (he looked like a chipmunk too cute).  Our group was a lively bunch – which is pretty normal.  Hopefully we didn’t scare our author!  I think he appreciated our enthusiasm.   It’s electric!  So many questions, discussions etc.   You can see our meeting via youtube!  Diane and I started with pre-book club cocktails (which is a must in any given situation) at Volare Bistro a favorite haunt of many which is located in Hapeville.  We then had a delightful meeting with all the girls (and Georgie) for book club.  On to post book club festivities with some of the gals and the Uncles who nested at La Petite Maison de Joie (my home in Historic College Park).  Always a fun evening – book club that is!  Note the watermelon colored crepe myrtles that Linda instructed Georgie to get for our center piece.

Part 1 – Main discussion

Part 2 – a short story being told by the author post discussion

We really enjoyed the book Heaven’s Crooked Finger.  Those crazy snake handling back woods red neck preachers and their followers.  Holy Cow. I’m being descriptive here… ahem.  Remember the wacky Sandtown Snake Handlers?  Click HERE for that story.   Here’s another clip by Anderson Cooper (I just adore him completely) about the snake handlers in Appalachia Holy snap.  Click HERE for the video.  Poor snakes is all I have to say! And poor children growing up in that mess! :::::running screaming::::::::  To each his own.  But just wow.

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June 2018 – The Hideaway by Lauren K Denton

Photo Jun 25, 4 51 56 PMOn a rainy night in Georgia (couldn’t resist that) umbrellas were opened and members drove to La Petite Maison de Joie (Kimy’s home) for book club!   For those who attended thank you!  Those absent were missed!

Our June book was quite delightful.  Jenny and I actually finished the book on the beaches at Fripp Island SC a few days back.   It’s a great beach read! Completely!

For bio on Lauren K Denton click HERE   I see she has a new book out called Hurricane Season – the cover looks delightful.  On my list to read!

For book club questions and the strawberry cupcakes recipe -which much to my chagrin no one made these for me!! ::::pouting horribly::::::::  click HERE   I can’t pout too terribly because my bestie made TOMATO PIE which was DIVINE :::::beaming::::::::

We settled in to chat and discuss the book among other things (as one does at book club).  We all agreed we loved the way Ms. Denton writes.  She paints a lovely picture of characters, New Orleans and her shop, and of course The Hideaway.  For me personally, there’s so many pieces of me in this book it is like putting on my old thick cotton beach sweater.   It’s comforting and makes me warm. You’ll need to read the book to find out more!!!!

Thanks everyone for coming out on such a dreary humid summer night in Atlanta! We’re lucky Anda didn’t melt into a wee puddle by the time she walked from the car to the front door!

See you all next month!  Cheers!!! To books and friends!

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April 2018 – Hidden Light of Northern Fires – Daren Wang

Photo Apr 23, 8 26 20 PMA massive thank you to author Daren Wang for joining our meeting to discuss his first novel The Hidden Light of Northern Fires!  A very special thanks to Laura Lee Gentry for opening her lovely home (you are like super girl – truly) and to Jake Rothschild (of Jakes Ice Cream fame) for catering our event through Jakes Good Foods.  Delish! A few of my favorite nibbles from the evening were the Devlish Eggs, chicken salad, and the pimento cheese! Completely yummy!

We opened up the meeting to others thus invited neighborhood peeps to join us as well.   We wanted to share Daren Wang and his book with as many as possible!

Daren Wang lives n Decatur Ga.   He grew up in Town Line NY – where the inspiration for this book began!  For a peek into this town click HERE  Daren explains how his childhood home, being a barn in Town Line NY is how he ended up with this incredible slice of history and first novel – click HERE for informative video with Daren Wang 

I think I can completely speak on everyone’s behalf – what a magical evening as we sat listening, asking questions with Daren Wang! A huge shout out to Wendy for trying to get Tyler Perry’s attention to produce a movie of the book! Come on Mr. Perry!  A great project for you! #TylerPerryMakeThisAMovie

Question for all our readers — if you were in this time pre-civil war – and posed with hiding a runaway slave — would you?  I can say I would do ‘whatever’ it took to get someone to safety!  #TylerPerryMakeThisAMovie

And YES! I of course videotaped most of the discussion —  please forgive the giggles on my end and wavering of the iphone —  I was trying to have a sip of wine every now and then.  Guilty am I.  Ahem.  For the video that you can see on YOUTUBE CLICK HERE! Turn it up!

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March 2018- The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Photo Mar 27, 6 12 59 PMThanks Angela for making a tasty dinner for us (so THATS what an oven is used for…… ah ha! ) You are too kind!   Your home is lovely – as are your kids and kitties! Welcome new member Susan Gatehouse!

Our March read was The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.  Click HERE for author bio and click HERE for Book summary.  

We were super happy to have our Sherry join us from Chattanooga! Sherry and I started early to chat at our very own ‘secret’ speakeasy The Duck Club for pre-book club cocktails and catch up! Miss you soooo much Sherry -sooooo good to see you!

We completely loved The Lilac Girls.  Each chapter intertwines the lives of these very different women living through Hitler’s horrific madness.  As events happen the knot tightens pulling these women together in a loop you’ll never forget.  This is Martha Hall Kelly’s first book which landed on the NY Times best seller list!   Ms Kelly writes in historic fiction based on real people living through the growing panic in WWII.  Ms. Kelly researched for years finally producing a wonderful story that captured our hearts and minds.

See you next month as we begin The Hidden Light of Northern Fires by Daren Wang

Happy reading ladies! See you next month if not before! Cheers! #HCPBookClub

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Feb 2018 -The Suitcases by Anne Hall Whitt

Photo Feb 22, 6 40 01 PMA wonderful evening indeed girls!  For those who could not attend you were missed! Thank you SO MUCH Amy for hosting this eclectic group of ladies! I’m COMPLETELY smitten with Finn the wonder-pug-piggie-!  Your home is lovely!

Let me fill you in on how the book came to our attention.  Jenny’s Auntie retrieved it in her Little Free Library that sits in front of her home.  She gave it to Jenny to read and Jen said we must read this for book club!  And so it began.

True life account of Anne Hall Whitt and her two sisters during the Great Depression being moved through orphanages and foster care system after her mother passes away.  Many questions indeed being that other family members could have taken in the three siblings.  An easy read although the story is not easy to handle.  Major pulls to heart strings fyi.   Anne’s path is changed when directed to Crossnore School which is still in existence today.   A boarding school set in the lovely Winston Salem NC.    *Plot twist here!  Dr & Dr Sloop who began Crossnore —  I have a friend who I met whose name is Julie Sloop (Rhodenizer now) —  Sloop is such an unusual name! I PM’d her on FB and asked if any relation and holy mackerel it’s her great uncle Dr Sloop who indeed started Crossnore!  What a small world we live in!  FYI – Julie is one of the loveliest people I’ve ever met – both inside and out.  An enchanting human being!

In talking about The Suicases — Georgia Baptist Children’s home and The Childrens Village at Christian city came to mind.  Georgia Baptist begin in the late l800’s moved from Hapeville and now sits in Palmetto Ga near Serenbe.   We all have known siblings who lived at Georgia Baptist when their parents died.   What a great testimony to both organizations – to care and love children when in strife.   THEN came the idea someone remembers hearing from Atlanta’s very own Clark Howard (we all adore Clark!) about providing suitcases with blankets and things a child would need toiletries toys etc to give to foster care for these children in need.  I’m on it!!!  Great idea girls!!

For author bio click HERE – Anne Hall Whitt 

I look forward to next month’s selection The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.  Thanks for offering to host our newest member Angela!  Will get date to you soon!

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