Book Club Ideas
Girl With a Pearl Earring is a historical fiction novel about the girl in Johannes Vermeer’s famous painting by the same name.
Ladies and Gentlemen! Step right up for the amazing, the unbelievable, the marvelous wonders we have gathered for this book club party inspired by Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. The main character, Jacob Jankowski, jumps on the circus train after suffering a tragedy in his life. He encounters “the most dazzling collection” of people and animals “gathered from all four corners of the earth”.
Connie Danforth, an obstetrician, recalls in 1981 as a teen, the events leading up to and surrounding the involuntary manslaughter trial of her mother, Sibyl.
Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran tells the story of sisters, Marjan, Bahar, and Layla, who flee Iran on the eve of the Islamic Revolution, settle in a little Irish village, and set up a Persian café against the bitter opposition of the town bully.
The four Batiste siblings are living in a run down house on what remains of their grandparents once thriving farm. Their mother died in childbirth and their neglectful father is oftentimes too tired or too drunk to tend to the needs of the children.
This tale is narrated by the insightful 14-year-old Esh and unfolds over a twelve day period in August 2005, during which the deadly Hurricane Katrina makes landfall.
Elizabeth Gilbert was in her 30s when she realized the life she had made for herself was not the life she wanted. Dealing with divorce, depression and an unhealthy love affair, she plans a year long voyage to find those things that were missing in her life. She heads to Rome to experience the pleasures in life, India to learn about meditation and devotion and Bali to experience balance.
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 and the beach just go together. Driftwood Summer by Patti Callahan Henry takes place in the seaside town of Palmetto Beach, where Riley and her mother own the Driftwood Cottage Bookstore. It is a place of gathering, and hosting get togethers for book clubs, such as the Cookbook Club and the Blonde Book Club. But the bookstore is in financial trouble. Riley calls on her two sisters to come back to Palmetto Beach to help save the family bookstore. During this “Driftwood Summer” the sisters must face their past of sibling rivalry and kept secrets.
Lev and his cellmate Kolya are sent on a mission to find a dozen eggs for the wedding cake of a powerful colonel’s daughter in a harsh Soviet winter during WWII.
Cooking the Books