Book Club Ideas
In Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin, Eilis Lacey lives with her mother and fashionable older sister, Rose, in a small rural Irish community in the 1950’s. Rose, with the help of an Irish priest visiting from America, arranges for Eilis to leave Ireland for Brooklyn.
Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid.
Hazel is going through life as a teenager with a terminal illness until her mom convinces her to go to a support group. Here she meets handsome, fun-loving Augustus who shows her she still has a life to live.
“The trouble with eating Italian food is that 5 or 6 days later you’re hungry again.” ~ George Miller, British writer
The Wedding Officer by Anthony Capella is an affirmation of life, love, and good food. The setting is WWII occupied Italy. The British Army is in Naples and James Gould, a young naive British officer, is assigned to prevent weddings between the lonely British soldiers and the young Italian women desperately trying to survive the war. James’ very proper and restrained existence is set upside down by the fiery young woman, Livia Pertini, he hires as the British personnel’s cook.
How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal is about the power of baking to get you through the rough times. Ramona owns a bakery and when absorbed in her craft she is able to forget about the rough times in her life, such as having a baby as a teenager, bitter relationships in her family, and her son-in-law in Afghanistan. When her son-in-law is injured her pregnant daughter must head overseas to care for him and leaves her 13 year old stepdaughter, Katie, with Ramona. Through the art of baking, Ramona and Katie develop a friendship.
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.
The narrator in Jeffery Eugenides’ Middlesex is Cal Stephanides, who “was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.”
Seven books to read this Fall.
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