Nov 2021 – Strangers at the Feast by Jennifer Vanderbes

Happy post Thanksgiving and welcome holidays!!!! The past two years have been a weird blur with covid etc. It truly feels as if we are getting back to a normal life routine – thankfully. Book club is one of those very important norms for me! Screw the zoom meetings – give me in person face to face!

The November book Strangers at the Feast is also an Oprah Book Club suggestion. This was also suggested by a dear friend who thought it a page turner.

Our November meeting was held in my home (Kimy) located in a petite historic district called Frog Hollow in East Point Ga, about 15 minutes SW of the city (Atlanta Ga). I adore historic homes and old neighborhoods. There’s just a charm you can’t get with new homes. My three wee scottish terriers Pip, Cricket and Bumble were VERY excited to have company. Sorry to Laura for all the licks!!

For author bio click HERE

For book club questions click HERE

Thanks for everyone who came out for book club on this chilly evening in Atlanta! I managed to decorate a wee bit for a more festive feel. We had a great core group. Plus a few of the guys for the food of course! We delved into the book club questions with the main line of talk being what a mother would do for her children and how different parenting styles affect the children. We all understand the complex nature of blight in neighborhoods and gentifrication and how that also is a complicated issue. We felt horrible for Kijo who was a good kid – just taken down a wrong path for breaking and entering which is NEVER a good idea. Without giving spoilers – read the book!

From our book club to yours – We hope your holidays are the bomb!

xo Historic College Park Book Club – Atlanta GA

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Sept. 2021 – The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Our September book was a complicated one for sure. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Author Bio HERE Not a light read – things to watch and learn about yourself – the ‘what ifs’ of life. If something had changed and you had gone down a different path. The regrets of life. How you live with regrets? We had a fantastic deep discussion about many of the issues surfaced from this book. Matt Haig had a mental breakdown in his 20s – which resulted in much of The Midnight Librarys themes.

We met in the lovely home of dear friend Robin – in Center Park – located in a quaint historic district of East Point Ga. Completely enjoyed it ladies!!!! Thanks for hosting Robin!

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Aug 2021 – The Year of the Storm by John Mantooth

Many of you may remember our prior meetings with author author Hank Early – well… Hank and John Mantooth are the same person. We began reading Hank Early years back and have had the author visit us multiple times. We ALWAYS enjoy hosting John and his lovely wife Becky (and thier local friend who lives in Atlanta). John and his wife live in Birmingham. Both are educators. The Year of the Storm is actually an older book John published decades ago. We REALLY enjoyed the book. A true southern gothic tale. I was sooo happy to host our meeting this August. My home is located in a quaint historic district of East Point Ga. Our area is called Frog Hollow. My house is Speckled Egg Cottage. We had a very engaging meeting with John. Thank you for coming!

For summary and to purchase John’s book click HERE . A real page turner! I literally could not put it down. I read it completely in a few days. It was that feeling of wanting to know what exactly happened and the Why of it all. You’ll see!

I began taping our meeting – realized after 5 minutes it had stopped! Here’s the first half. Click HERE Unfortunately I could not get the second half to ever upload! Ugh!

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June 2021 – The Four Winds by Kristen Hannah

IMG_2067The Four Winds is not light reading.   The subject matter is depressing (i.e. The Great Depression and the Dust Bowl) however the author does a fantastic job of relaying the struggles of that time period.  I learned so much I never knew! The dust storms, the migration of farmers to California, amazing story telling.   Hannah really gives you a slice of life during the Great Depression for farmers and families.

We gathered at one of my favorite cottages in Historic College Park – Julie’s home!  It’s literally a Kalidescope of my favorite things!   We were so happy to have Sherry who drove over from Chattanooga to join us! Great seeing everyone!  I was awarded an early birthday cupcake and I completely ate it!!! Thanks everyone!  (I’m a 4th of July babe).

Author bio HERE 

Book Summary:

In The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah, Elsa Wolcott is a woman trying to raise two children on farm in the Great Plains during the Dust Bowl following the Great Depression. She watches as the lands around her crack in their perpetually parched state and the hopelessness threatens to breaks the spirit of those around her.

As the situation worsens, Elsa is forced to make a decision to stay and fight or leave for the uncertain and unfamiliar lands in the West. In this tale, Kristin has written a survival story about resilience, love, family, courage and the American Dream.

For a wonderful video of Kristin Hannah HERE 

So good to see everyone!  See you next month!

Oh!  Julie found our very first Historic College Park Book Club invite to everyone.  From 2007!

May 2021 – Of Women & Salt by Gabriella Garcia

C9AF6240-CE06-4DC6-B49B-E3B5FFFC6092Our first REAL meeting post pandemic.   REALLY missed our book club meetings, talking, discussing, catching up etc!  Remember, book club is part literary, part social part therapy!  It’s a delightful dance of discussions and where those may lead!  (I’m actually posting this in July – got behind in my book club posts!)

We met at my house – located in Frog Hollow (East Point Ga) – my house is lovingly named Speckled Egg Cottage.   Everyone brings a nibble to share (those peanut butter stuffed dates ARE THE BOMB thank you girl!) and a libation (wine – helps with great conversations!).   We also had an impromtue birthday sing along for our Jules! (Julie Sharp).   We had two of our icons join us (Julie A and Anda Panda).   So very happy to see everyone!

Our May book was quite interesting  – many different takes on symbolism in the book.

Author bio: Gabriela Garcia is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and a Steinbeck Fellowship from San Jose State University. Her fiction and poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Tin House, Zyzzyva, Iowa Review, and elsewhere. She is the daughter of immigrants from Mexico and Cuba and grew up in Miami. Of Women and Salt is her first novel.

Summary: Of Women and Salt tells the intertwined stories of women in two families from the 19th century to the present day. After an unstable childhood during the Cuban revolution, Carmen leaves her mother behind and immigrates to Florida. Later, in a wealthy suburb, Carmen tries to provide her daughter, Jeanette, with a comfortable American life. Jeanette has a drug addiction, is hiding a tragic secret and is desperately seeking a purpose.

We enjoyed the book.   My take is that you never know what’s happening behind closed doors!

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