July 2020 Read: The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers


by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.

Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

Also proposed:

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Eveningland: Stories by Michael Knight

Katherine Owens

Physically Distant Poolside Bookclub 5/20

Hope everyone can join around the Pool @ 6:30 on WEDNESDAY to discuss our May read “Maybe you Should Take to Someone”. Ann Dielen will be our host and Katherine will bring extra disposable utensils but please bring your own snack/supper/sips. Please use the comment feature below to RSVP and let us know if you can come.



Plan for May -5/14 Webex or 5/21 picnic

Happy May! It is a particularly beautiful day not only because the sun is shining but also because I am pulling out of my last chemo ever!! I really want to see everyone in the living flesh but know we must take precautions as we move forward. We wanted to take a poll to see if everyone would prefer a webex on our regularly scheduled day (5/14) or do a physically distant picnic at Katherine’s on 5/21 (post stay at home order). Please select only one option.

May read -NEW- Maybe you Should Talk to Someone

I can’t think of a more appropriately titled book for the time being!


“Rarely have I read a book that challenged me to see myself in an entirely new light, and was at the same time laugh-out-loud funny and utterly absorbing.”—Katie Couric

“This is a daring, delightful, and transformative book.”—Arianna Huffington, Founder, Huffington Post and Founder & CEO, Thrive Global

“Wise, warm, smart, and funny. You must read this book.”—Susan Cain, New York Times best-selling author of Quiet

One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose of­fice she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but.

With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.

Also proposed:
Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

June Read: Dark Towers

“Dark” is not what we need right now -especially with lovely spring among us!  -Let’s move this book to June and for May we will read the apropos “Maybe you should talk to Somebody”






New York Times finance editor David Enrich’s explosive exposé of the most scandalous bank in the world, revealing its shadowy ties to Donald Trump, Putin’s Russia, and Nazi Germany

“A jaw-dropping financial thriller” —Philadelphia Inquirer

On a rainy Sunday in 2014, a senior executive at Deutsche Bank was found hanging in his London apartment. Bill Broeksmit had helped build the 150-year-old financial institution into a global colossus, and his sudden death was a mystery, made more so by the bank’s efforts to deter investigation. Broeksmit, it turned out, was a man who knew too much.

In Dark Towers, award-winning journalist David Enrich reveals the truth about Deutsche Bank and its epic path of devastation. Tracing the bank’s history back to its propping up of a default-prone American developer in the 1880s, helping the Nazis build Auschwitz, and wooing Eastern Bloc authoritarians, he shows how in the 1990s, via a succession of hard-charging executives, Deutsche made a fateful decision to pursue Wall Street riches, often at the expense of ethics and the law.

Soon, the bank was manipulating markets, violating international sanctions to aid terrorist regimes, scamming investors, defrauding regulators, and laundering money for Russian oligarchs. Ever desperate for an American foothold, Deutsche also started doing business with a self-promoting real estate magnate nearly every other bank in the world deemed too dangerous to touch: Donald Trump. Over the next twenty years, Deutsche executives loaned billions to Trump, the Kushner family, and an array of scandal-tarred clients, including convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Dark Towers is the never-before-told saga of how Deutsche Bank became the global face of financial recklessness and criminality—the corporate equivalent of a weapon of mass destruction. It is also the story of a man who was consumed by fear of what he’d seen at the bank—and his son’s obsessive search for the secrets he kept.

Also proposed:

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami

March 12th Bookclub- Lissy Frese

I hope everyone enjoyed their extra long February and are ready to convene to discuss “Save Me The Plums” Thursday 3/12.

Lissy is our hostess and is planning on a chicken curry. Please let us know what you can bring (desserts and salads requested!) and if you can come by leaving a comment below.