March Read: Save me the Plums

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When Condé Nast offered Ruth Reichl the top position at America’s oldest epicurean magazine, she declined. She was a writer, not a manager, and had no inclination to be anyone’s boss. Yet Reichl had been reading Gourmet since she was eight; it had inspired her career. How could she say no?

This is the story of a former Berkeley hippie entering the corporate world and worrying about losing her soul. It is the story of the moment restaurants became an important part of popular culture, a time when the rise of the farm-to-table movement changed, forever, the way we eat. Readers will meet legendary chefs like David Chang and Eric Ripert, idiosyncratic writers like David Foster Wallace, and a colorful group of editors and art directors who, under Reichl’s leadership, transformed stately Gourmet into a cutting-edge publication. This was the golden age of print media—the last spendthrift gasp before the Internet turned the magazine world upside down.

Complete with recipes, Save Me the Plums is a personal journey of a woman coming to terms with being in charge and making a mark, following a passion and holding on to her dreams—even when she ends up in a place she never expected to be.

Praise for Save Me the Plums

“Poignant and hilarious . . . simply delicious . . . Each serving of magazine folklore is worth savoring. In fact, Reichl’s story is juicier than a Peter Luger porterhouse. Dig in.”—The New York Times Book Review

“In this smart, touching, and dishy memoir . . . Ruth Reichl recalls her years at the helm of Gourmet magazine with clear eyes, a sense of humor, and some very appealing recipes.”—Town & Country

Also proposed:

The Tiger’s Wife, Téa Obreht

January 9 Bookclub-Donna’s house

Happy 2020! We will kick off the new year discussing “My Sister the Serial Killer” by Braithwaite. Donna will be our hostess serving up Baked Ziti. Please use the comment feature below to let us know if you can come and what you will bring.

February 2020 Read: Less

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LESS,  Andrew Sean Greer, 2017. (261 pages)

 

A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of “arresting lyricism and beauty” (New York Times Book Review).

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

National Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017

A Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2017

A San Francisco Chronicle Top Ten Book of 2017

Long listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the Lambda Award and the California Book Award
“I could not love LESS more.”–Ron Charles, Washington Post

“Andrew Sean Greer’s Less is excellent company. It’s no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful.”–Christopher Buckley, New York Times Book Review

Who says you can’t run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can’t say yes–it would be too awkward–and you can’t say no–it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world…

A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed as “inspired, lyrical,” “elegiac,” “ingenious,” as well as “too sappy by half,” Less shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.

Also proposed:

The Friend: A Novel,  Sigrid Nunez, 2018  (212 pages)

The Nickel Boys: A Novel,   Colson Whitehead, 2019 (224 Pages)

November 14 Bookclub

Shirley has delayed her renovations to bring us a delectable dinner. She will be serving shrimp and polenta with a green veggie. Please let us know if you can come and what delightful drink or libation you will be supplying.

January 2020 Book

My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel
NOMINATED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZE
WINNER OF THE LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR MYSTERY/THRILLER
FINALIST FOR THE 2019 WOMEN’S PRIZE

Korede’s sister Ayoola is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead, stabbed through the heart with Ayoola’s knife. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood (bleach, bleach, and more bleach), the best way to move a body (wrap it in sheets like a mummy), and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.

Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she’s exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she’s willing to go to protect her.

 

Other Suggestions:

“The Girl Who Lived Twice” by David Lagercrantz

“The Liar” by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

9/12 Book Club -Ann Dielan

Ann is hosting our September meeting and will be dishing up shrimp and orzo. Please leave a comment below to let us know if you can come and what you will bring.

**Also please note you will need to park in the driveway that comes off Wynwood.