Book Club Ideas
The Widower’s Tale is the story of Percival Darling. He still lives in the house where his daughters grew up – “the house of her mother’s heart” according to Clover, Percy’s eldest daughter. Percy is a 70 year old who runs everyday to get in shape to die and who fantasizes of a quasi-Luddite retirement – “Cursed be the cursors; farewell to iEverything and its pertly nicknamed apps.”
The Beach House by Jane Green is about an unconventional woman who is at risk of losing her beautiful Nantucket home so she opens it to summer renters. Slowly people start moving in to the house, filling it with noise, laughter, and with tears. As the house comes alive again, Nan finds her family and friends expanding. Her son comes home for the summer, and then an unexpected visitor turns all their lives upside down.
East of Eden, John Steinbeck’s passionate and exhilarating epic, re-creates the seminal stories of Genesis through the intertwined lives of two American families … in the Salinas Valley of northern California.
In Depression-era Mississippi, Millie Reynolds longs to escape the madness that marks her world. With an abusive father and a “nothing mama,” she struggles to find a place where she really belongs.
The reader is ushered into an isolated gray stone mansion on the windswept Cornish coast, as the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew.
The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo, originally a 1906 essay, gives a poetic history of tea and describes the art of the tea ceremony.
Nancy G. Brinker has kept her promise and then some. In 1977, Susan G. Komen was diagnosed with breast cancer. Over the next three years, she dealt with misinformed doctors, depressing waiting rooms, dehumanizing one-size-fits-all hospital gowns and an unawareness of the socially unspoken words “breast cancer”. “It has to be talked about. Breast cancer–we have to talk about it. It has to change…so women know…so they don’t die. Promise me, Nanny. Promise…you’ll make it change.” “I promise, Suzy. I swear. Even if it takes the rest of my life…”
Books are hidden away in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books and protected in this mysterious place until their rediscovery. Young Daniel is drawn to a particular book. “The Shadow of the Wind’ by Julian Carax.
Daniel chooses this book, or does this book choose Daniel?
Celebrate southern women with Beth Hoffman’s debut novel Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. CeeCee is a young girl who had an unhappy childhood in an unstable home until she moved to Savannah to live with her Aunt Tootie. She notes “I had been plunked into a strange, perfumed world that, as far as I could tell, seemed to be run entirely by women.” It was these women who taught her the gifts she possessed and what it meant to be loved.
Cooking the Books