Nov 2018 – Courting Disaster by Julie Edelson

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Thanksgiving 2018 November

The year has flown by!!!  We hope our fellow bibliophiles have had a wonderful year and hope your holidays will be fabulous!

We gathered in Amy’s lovely home! Thanks for hosting!!!  You know we all come just for the pug!!!!

Our November book was Courting Disaster — recommended to me by a client we did an estate sale for — he’s a retired professor —  I could NOT get through the book!  Thank for for those who could and did!!!  Several enjoyed it once they were a good 3/4 of the way in.  Bravo!!!  I hardly EVER put a book down.    The characters were not well developed to me and the language was just over the top — even for me and we know it must be because I can handle foul language.    It was recommended in the vein of the it being Thanksgiving. No clue whatsoever how that connection was made for this book.   That’s what book club is about!!!   Reading something that you would not normally be drawn to.  And getting through it – sadly I failed on this one.   I’m ok with that.  :::sigh::::

We ended up asking and answering questions about our own Thanksgiving traditions, family gatherings past and present.   Always enlightening sharing your own experiences with others – especially once a few glasses of wine have been consumed!!! Share freely!!!  I shared my Thanksgiving ritual as a small girl — when we were on break for Thanksgiving my older sister and I would pull out the Monopoly game and play for the entire week!  I coveted that time with her – I was the pesky kid sister you know (I really was not – I think she was just grumpy)  I was a bit of a finicky eater – and would hide undesirable food in my socks especially at Thanksgiving.   Of course my dog Brownie would be the happy recipient of said food at a later time.

**** on a wonderful note of discovery — our sweet member Kelly brought her incredible peanut stuffed dates rolled in sugar.  Sounds gross but oh my WORD WERE THEY ADDICTIVE!!!!  Kelly said it’s her grandmothers recipe.  Thank you Kelly!

For a glimpse into the author click Julie Edelson 

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

 

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Sept 2018 – Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

Photo Sep 18, 6 17 08 PMReading brings to light people places events and things we would never cross paths with in our lives.  We were completely delighted with Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan.   I’ve never associated WWII and Hitler with Italy – our eyes have been opened!

Mark Sullivan brings to light Pino Lella’s experiences and choices during WWII.   It’s completely captivating through and through.   Highly recommend reading.  I have found several photos of Pino being that this is based on a true story – there are wonderful photographs out there!

We gathered in my home for September, La Petite Maison de Joie (the Little House of Joy lovingly named by dear friend Sherry Gaines).   Delightful evening ladies. Truly.  I look forward to book club every month and what it brings out in discussions.  We each bring our own unique perspective to every meeting.  And that my friends…. is the entire point! If we were all the same how very boring it would be!!!

For author bio click MARK SULLIVAN 

I came across a video from Wagner College and a group called High Society – Very interesting…  Click HERE to view

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Oct 2018 -See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

Photo Oct 23, 5 53 12 PMA wonderful Fall night finally in Atlanta!!!  You know how the South is….  crisp cool air wearing boots in the evening then the next day we’re in flip flops shorts.   Thanks for hosting Wendy!!!!  Always love coming to your quaint home and seeing the furbabies!

We were greeted with delightful aromas as Ari (Wendy’s guest from Costa Rica) made empanadas! They were delightful! So nice to finally meet you Ari and thanks for contributing to our feast and for the conversations!  So very happy to see Eileen, our very special Julie A and Claire!!! What a delight!  Ginger B joined us along with Julie S.  Fun group for sure!

Here’s article on our author and book from the NYTimes 

For author bio on Sarah Schmidt click HERE  

For a PEAK inside the Borden home which is now a B & B click HERE 

Almost everyone I dare say has heard something about the infamous Lizzie Borden murders.   Our October book tries to fill in some of the ‘cracks’ if you will in the historical case of Lizzie Borden murdering her parents.  Although acquitted of the crimes, everything seems to point to her being guilty.

We pondered as a group thinking she surely had some type of mental disorder and also that she was a sociopath to boot.   Without having any real eye-witness to her daily life, from the stories we’ve read and from this book she had erratic behavior.   The movie that has just been released called Lizzie is another twist suggesting she was romantically involved with Bridget.   There’s really no account of her being romantically involved with anyone male or female.  The group discussed perhaps the oddness of her uncle John with inappropriate affection it seems.   We spoke of the longing of Emma to be free of Lizzie, and the toxic relationship between the girls and their parents.  Well… what family doesn’t have dysfunction…. right?

We meandered off the path  – which is the fun of any book club.  We talked about the wonderful dating adventures of Wendy —  about other serial killers (no one Wendy’s dating I assure you just serial killers in general).    We spoke of experiences with step-mothers and our own parents.

For the most part we all enjoyed the book and the fact that the author came up with creative ways for filling in gaps – such as the reason Emma chose to leave Lizzie 10 years after the trial for reasons unknown.  Perhaps because she found out she WAS indeed guilty?  Just like the center of a tootsie roll pop we will never really know.

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Aug – I am Malala

AF7A58DC-063D-415C-B2E5-8E92F95A7913Wonderful meeting ladies! We gathered at the quaint cottage of Julie A. for our August book I am Malala by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai.

Imagine if you will – living in a land where you had to risk your life as a girl to go to school.  Your burning desire to learn and be free was far greater than risk of death – until that alone becomes a realistic factor – death.  Being shot for fighting to attending school, this book I am Malala is riveting.   She’s the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize.  

For author bios

Malala Yousafzai 

Christina Lamb 

Many lines of conversation took flight speaking about differences of our world here in the United States to that of many Middle Eastern worlds.   How incredibly lucky we are to live in such a free and wonderful (for the most part) world.

Thanks for hosting Julie as always! I have my favorites in your home and enjoy discovering something new every time I’m there.

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July 2018 – Heaven’s Crooked Finger – Hank Early

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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.

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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