The basics of the book are this: it is the story of a grumpy man named Ove. Well, actually it is composed of the backstory that slowly changes our perception of Ove’s true character and what made him who he is, AND the current events and interactions that offer that perception change to others. Keep reading below for a brief synopsis. Continue reading
I hosted book club the other night and our selection was Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. A great choice for an October book club! Continue reading
In 1967 a group of women bond at the playground in Palo Alto, California. They are different in background and personality, yet united in their love for family and in a dream, to be authors. They agree to meet once a week to critique each other’s work, while their children play. In time, this critique extends to the definition of who they are as women, in an era when the gold standard of feminine excellence is at it’s essence to be a successful homemaker or Miss America.
Yesterday I had a fabulous day downtown at the National Book Festival 2016. I went with 4 friends, who are all kindred souls when it comes to love of words. We arrived downtown ready to look around the festival, hear a speaker or two, and do a little shopping. Amazingly, at least to me, within the space of a few hours we each heard three authors speak and had multiple signed books.
Keep reading for highlights of the day and lessons we learned!
I thought it would be fun to add some book club related tablescapes and recipes to help with hosting your own book club parties.
The above image is from my book club meeting a week ago. We read and discussed Fall of Giants by Ken Follet and the hostess offered this cute and yummy fall treat. Continue reading
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If your book club is planning selections for fall already, you might want to consider The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson. It is a gothic tale best read when the days shorten and summer days are only just beginning to fade to memory. We read this in one of my book clubs for our October reading several years ago; in my view, it was the perfect book for that month. Continue reading
West With the Night by Beryl Markham
“A lighted ship- the daybreak- some steep cliffs standing in the sea. The meaning of these will never change for pilots. If one day an ocean can be flown within an hour, if men can build a plane that so masters time, the sight of land will be no less welcome to the steersman of that fantastic craft. He will have cheated laws that the cunning of science has taught him how to cheat, and he will feel his guilt and be eager for the sanctuary of the soil.”
An amazingly free spirited woman, Beryl Markham was a bush pilot, horse breeder/trainer, and the first person to fly across the Atlantic from East to West. She is also the author of her own memoir of growing up in East Africa, and piloting experiences flying from remote corner to remote corner of Africa. She wrote West with the Night in the early 1940s, but it disappeared from publication after just a few years. A reference to the book was discovered in Earnest Hemingway’s letters and memoirs, and after some research, this book was re-released in the 1980s. It has been enjoyed by new readers ever since. Continue reading
What’s that name? My sister Melanie and I found a wine label that provided a quick and fun lesson in marketing.
A few years ago we were browsing for antiques in a cute country store, near Charlottesville, VA, when we discovered a corner of the shop featured local wines. One label in particular caught our eye. Do you see that image to the left? Yep, that is what we saw. Forgetting that there might be others around, we made a few comments and laughed at each other’s jokes..
The shop clerk poked his head into the corner and said “ladies, ladies” with a grin. Thoroughly amused by the Well Hung® label, and perhaps a bit pink cheeked, we asked him about it. He said “it’s a funny thing, that wine is from a fairly new vineyard and at first I worried she might not make it, lot’s of them don’t you know, then she came out with that label. Ever since then I can barely keep her bottles on the shelf. Have to say it’s a pretty good wine too.”