Bookplates Christmas Party -December 14

Annual Bookplates Christmas Soiree!

It’s that time of year- Cioppino, book stealing, wine swapping and general debauchery at our annual Christmas shindig. For those who are new, or need  a refresher here is the overview:

1.) June Hosts
2.) Spouses/guests welcome
3.) We don’t read/discuss a book
4.) We play  dirty Santa -Bring a book!


Potluck as usual please leave a comment and let us know if you are coming and what you will bring (even if you have already emailed it) so we can keep track of the goodies.











January 2018 Pick- Lab Girl

Indeed! It is time to be thinking about next year. Bonnie has selected our first of the year book “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren. See below for more info

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography

New York Times 2016 Notable Book
National Best Seller
Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People”
An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016
Washington Post Best Memoir of 2016
TIME and Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016 

An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world
Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also so much more. 

Lab Girl
 is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work.

Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them from the Midwest across the United States and back again, over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home. 

Bonnies other Suggested reads included:

NEWS OF THE WORLD by Paulette Jiles


Today Will be Different Discussion Questions

Today Will be Different

  1. For those who read Where’d You Go, Bernadette, did you like this book as well? Did Bernadette and Eleanor have any similarities? Did you like Eleanor?


  1. The whole book occurs in one day and begins and ends with her strategy, “Today will be different…..” How does her need to change herself relate to her relationship with her family and friends?


  1. How does the story of her sister, Ivey, fit within the story?


  1. How did Eleanor’s acceptance of her Husband’s change, make her accept her past? Was this too quickly tied up to end the book?

November 9th Book Club meeting

Bonnie will be our host and is planning a shellfish supper – Pesto Pasta with Shrimp -YUM. Katherine has to miss but will be sending questions for our book -“Today Will be Different” -check back if I am organized enough I will post them. Please use the comment feature below to let us know if you can come and what you will bring.

October 12th Bookclub Meeting

Melissa Stewart is hosting us next week for the discussion of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos. Melissa is serving up pork tender and asks for salads, sides, dessert and other accompaniments. (maybe rabbit stew? or a vintage bottle of red?)

Let us know if you can come and what you will bring.


I just wanted to say THANK YOU for the amazing books you gave me. I now have my own personal library of squeaky clean, pre-Louise (or as she might say “un-loved”) books. I particularly love to hear my mother try to sing Pete the Cat (spoiler alert she will be keeping her day job).

I wanted you all to see this pic of me chilling in my crib with my super cool new books. If you don’t see the book you gave me, it might be on Louise’s shelf (oops!).

Thank you again for being a friend to me and my mom!



September Meeting -9/14

Fall is in the air and we start the school year with a rather tough read, I’ll admit. I will be leading the discussion of the Orphan Master’s Son and Shirley Hankins will be our host

Meeting starts at 6:30, Shirley is our host and will be serving smoked salmon and asparagus. Please let us know if you can come and what you will bring by using the “leave a comment” feature below. Thanks!