A collection of women who live in a quaint historic district just SW of Atlanta – we are gardeners, book lovers, friends and a whole bunch of fun! Book club is part literary, part social, and part therapy! DARE to BARE your soul at book club!
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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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 Sexwhich 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!
Thanks to everyone who made the trip North of the city on a rainy traffic filled night to nest at Claire’s home for book club! We seem to have had a ‘rainy season’ descend upon the South and it’s completely sucked beans for weeks now …or has it been months. It’s been a long rainy while I’ll tell you that. Jenny and I actually were able to grab a pre-book club cocktail at Blue Grotto right around the corner from Claires! All about the cocktail baby! A big thank you to Claire for hosting! Always a wonderful day when we get to see Claire.
I remember seeing this book on Reese Witherspoon’s book club list and I added it to ours. I’m so glad I did! A wonderful story woven in the marsh of North Carolina. A love story, a coming of age so many things author Delia Owens wrapped in this wonderful story.
We talked of how painful to think of leaving a 6 year old girl alone to fend with a raging violent alcoholic father who may or may not be present was mind-blowing. The way Kya learned how to take care of herself was inspirational. We loved that Kya became an author and expert of the area and natural world that she loves. The ending was a twist we were not expecting!!! I brought up the query of how her mother’s sister didn’t send for the children when the mother showed up? I thought that was bizarre and cold.
It was a delightful read – very much able to visualize where Kya lived, the marsh and nature that inspired and kept her safe.
P.S. we really DID have an issue opening that bottle of friggin’ wine! Holy snap!
We all enjoyed the book — for those who couldn’t join us you were missed!
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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!
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 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 Lizzieis 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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