We’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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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!
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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!!!
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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A 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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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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