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I have to apologize to the book club gals!! I put the incorrect address on the evite for book club last night! Yikes! I inadvertently put Amy’s address instead of Angie’s! There’s a first for everything. Thankfully they both live on the same street!
Thanks to Angie for hosting our end of year book club meeting! It’s also a white elephant gift exchange (or Dirty Santa gifts some call it). Our December book is by Sarah Addison Allen called First Frost. I try to choose a holiday themed book for December. Sarah also wrote Garden Spell which Angie said is delightful. First Frost reminded me of the movie Practical Magic just a wee bit. I love the aspect of people creating magical affects through cooking, or organizing or… cutting hair? Thanks to Angie for our special cookie cake reading “Merry Chirstmas HCPBC!’ so sweet! And to our dear Kelly who actually baked the recipe for the special bread – it was divine!!
For author bio click HERE
We enjoyed the book very much. It was in the vein of women and communities coming together – their relationships and the magical world Sarah Addison Allen creates is wonderful as it unfolds before you as you read.
We nibbled and sipped hard cider as we went through book club discussion questions. We gathered for our white elephant gift exchange – with a few gifts being stolen as laughter ensued. We’ve been doing this meeting once a month since 2007 when we began our book club. There were just a few of us when I decided to begin our adventures. Many of us are in multiple book clubs – because yes we love to read. Some are definitely more strict than ours – some even are an excuse to get together and just drink and talk! Ours is somewhere in between those two extremes. Many have come and gone through the years. One thing remains – a small group of gals who love to read, discuss, giggle, be serious, drink (a given) and gather as friends in our quaint historic district just SW of Atlanta. Some meetings are more intense than others. Most are just enjoyable as we discuss and go along the paths of discussion where the subject matter takes us.
See you in 2019!!! Cheers!!!
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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!
Reading 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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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.
On 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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A 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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Thanks 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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