July Book Pick -Heavy

Our July pick courtesy of Fran will be “Heavy” by Kiese Laymon.  Click here for  a review from NPR

 

Our almost reads for the month were

The Size of Everything: a Memoir by Jenna McCarthy
My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni
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May 9th Book Club

Ann Dielan is hosting our group for May and I will be leading the discussion of Educated. Ann is making shrimp and orzo (YUM!) please leave a comment below to RSVP and let us know what you will be bringing.

June Read: Bad Blood

June picked our June read : “Bad Blood” by James Carryou

Here is a teaser about the book from

Books like Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup are the main reason I do not read much fiction. Again and again, the reality surpasses the imagination. Had Bad Blood been fiction, many readers would have judged the plot to be completely unrealistic. To fool so many notorious industry and political (and probably intelligent) celebrities for so long could not happen in reality.

However, it did – in broad daylight.

Bad Blood is the story of Theranos, a Silicon Valley startup whose charismatic female founder, Elizabeth Holmes, over 15 years, managed to raise close to one billion dollars from prominent investors including Larry Ellison and Rupert Murdoch, won hotshots such as Henry Kissinger and James Mattis for her board and was appointed Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship by President Obama before The Wall Street Journal, with deep-digging journalism, started a process ending up documenting that the company was not only based on lies, falsehood, bullying and fraud but also endangered human life.

 

 

Other suggested -including the a book by the Author Elena Ferranted whom
June gushed about at our April Meeting – H

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

4/11 Bookclub Meeting

We will be meeting Thursday the 11th @ 6:30. Fran is our hostess and she will be stewing up seafood! Crabcakes if available or shrimp dish if not. I am sure we can get creative around that exciting main. Please leave comment below to let us know if you can come and what you will bring.

 

We will be discussing Behold the Dreamers.

May Read: Educated

While I have no regrets about they hysterical and wonderful book I picked up this year in the Christmas book exchange I couldn’t help but get a tinge of envy for the two folks who left with Tara Westovers’ Educated. I look forward to reading and discussing with every in April.

“Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag.” In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.”–

 

 

My other thoughts/suggestions:

Margaret Atwoods “The Handmaid’s Tale”

or “Heavy” by Kiese Laymon:

Valentine’s Book Club

From Bonnie:

Hi Girls!  I’ve been thinking about what to serve for a Valentine’s meal for some time and finally have settled on a modified version of a ratatouille, a vegetable medley, which I found it in Isabel Allende’s 1998 book, Aphrodite, A Memoir of the Senses.  This is what her friend, Shekter, serves to Annette, the woman of his erotic dreams, whenever she comes to visit.  You will each have to evaluate it efficacy on your own as an aphrodisiac!  I will likely serve it with rice or quinoa and perhaps a few seductive oysters.  For sides I suggest the usual: appetizers, salads, bread, wine and desserts, either with or without hints of romance!

Kim Oh -Fruit Salad

Katherine _Appetizer

June -Hummus

Donna -Desert

Kim Hall -Green Salad

Caroline & Elizabeth -Bubbles & Bread