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!
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!
Our last read of the year will be a repeat author (Where did you go Bernedette), and promises a little light-heartedness to cap off a year of some denser reads.
See below for the review of Maria Semple’s Today will Be Different, as well as the other two suggestions from Katherine.
Named a Notable Book of 2016 by the Washington Post, one of Amazon’s Top 100 Books of the Year, one of New York Times Book Review’s 100 Notable Books, one of The Guardian’s Best Books of 2016, one of NPR’s Best Books of 2016, a Must-Read Book of 2016 by PopSugar, one of EW’s 20 Best Books of
2016, one of Glamour’s Top Ten Books of the Year, and one of Kirkus Reviews’ “Best 100 Fiction Books of 2016”
Outrageously funny. But [TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT] cuts closer to the bone than Bernadette did, and its main character’s problems feel more real…. Ms. Semple is an immensely appealing writer, and there’s something universal in her heroine’s efforts to get a handle on a life spinning out of control. We may not all have long-lost sisters who live in the most crazily status-obsessed corners of the South, but we surely know what she means about waking up each dawn with new resolve that melts by midmorning.”–Janet Maslin, New York Times
Shirley has chosen our pumpkin-month read -a tale spun by Dominc Smith. See below for the Amazon review as well as the other two suggestions by Shirley.
Amsterdam, 1631: Sara de Vos becomes the first woman to be admitted as a master painter to the city’s Guild of St. Luke. Though women do not paint landscapes (they are generally restricted to indoor subjects), a wintry outdoor scene haunts Sara: She cannot shake the image of a young girl from a nearby village, standing alone beside a silver birch at dusk, staring out at a group of skaters on the frozen river below. Defying the expectations of her time, she decides to paint it.
New York City, 1957: The only known surviving work of Sara de Vos, At the Edge of a Wood, hangs in the bedroom of a wealthy Manhattan lawyer, Marty de Groot, a descendant of the original owner. It is a beautiful but comfortless landscape. The lawyer’s marriage is prominent but comfortless, too. When a struggling art history grad student, Ellie Shipley, agrees to forge the painting for a dubious art dealer, she finds herself entangled with its owner in ways no one could predict.
Sydney, 2000: Now a celebrated art historian and curator, Ellie Shipley is mounting an exhibition in her field of specialization: female painters of the Dutch Golden Age. When it becomes apparent that both the original At the Edge of a Wood and her forgery are en route to her museum, the life she has carefully constructed threatens to unravel entirely and irrevocably.
At our July meeting we suggested several alternatives to the currently imposed every-other-month scenario. Katherine proposed taking off summer (June-Aug), others proposed just two months (June & July) while June wants to revert to 12 months. Please let us know your thoughts.
Let’s beat the heat with a rousing discussion of Democracy By Condaleeza Rice.
Our July meeting will be hosted by Katherine. Our menu makes my mouth water: crab claws & corn cakes. Green Salad, fruit, dessert and wine are the hostess’s request. Let us know if you can come and what you will bring.