Aug 11, 2021

August 11, 2021

It's August and we're back to Zoom calls. It was so nice to see faces again and find out what's been happening in each others' lives. At the end Lucienne commented that "this was the longest 'less than  a minute' message we've had." And then we were off! Amazing timing.

Jun 21, 2021

June 21, 2021

 

 
Summer has indeed arrived and we're loving it! We took a little trip to Cornerstone outside Sonoma to wander its gardens and pause for a nice long, chatty lunch. Perfection!
 
We discussed our book from last month and shared suggestions on more to read, not assigning a new book but simply sharing. Okay, favorite TV series were also discussed, but we've all been locked down for a year so what can you expect?


Jun 2, 2021

May 17, 2021

 Once again we gathered outside Penngrove Market, a relative center of our homes, to share our adventures - not that there had been too many of those. 


As you can see, we were much more relaxed since we had all been fully vaccinated plus time, outdoors and much more comfortable with life in general. We ate lunch and stayed to chat for hours, our regular routine finally asserting itself once again. We discussed our book selection from last month and assigned a new book, Raven Black by Ann Cleeves, the first of her Shetland Islands series.

Apr 20, 2021

Updated Book List 2021

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
A Virtuous Woman
 by Kaye Gibbons
Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson, Ph.D.
Patty Jean's House of Curl by Lorna Landvik
Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman
Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul by Jack Canfield, et al
Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
All True Travels and Adventures of Liddia Newton by Jane Smiley
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
Women of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
Traveling Mercies by Annie Lamontt
The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K Rowlings
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul by Jack Canfield, et al
 
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
 Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
 
Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher, Ph.D.
Redemption Song by Bertice Berry
The Wedding by Dorothy West
The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve
Drowning Rita by Christina Schwarz
A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
The Devil's Dream by Lee Smith
Earth Abides by George Stewart
The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories by Sarah Orne Jewett
Corelli's Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Liar's Club by Mary Karr
Daughter of Fortune by Isabella Allende
Christmas on Jane Street by Billy Romp, Wanda Urbanska
Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross
Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan
The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Picher
The Hungry Ocean by Linda Greenlaw
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Case Histories: A Novel by Kate Atkinson
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett
High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
The Book of Bright Ideas by Sandra Kring
My Life in France by Julia Child
Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos
The Elegant Gathering of White Snows by Kris Radish
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
The Wild Trees by Richard Preston
A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
Plain Truth by Jodi Piccault
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch
The Book Borrower by Alice Mattison
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl
Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama
It Ain't All About the Cookin' by Paula Deen
What We Keep by Elizabeth Berg
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Julie And Julia by Julie Powell
Olive Kitterridge by Elizabeth Strout
The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
Jarrettsville by Cornelia Nixon
Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire
The Vision of Emma Blau by Ursula Hegi
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
See You Everywhere by Julia Glass
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Raising Jake by Charlie Carillo
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Prayers For Sale by Sandra Dallas
20 Years Younger by Bob Greene 
Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
Holes by Louis Sachar
La Cucina by Lily Prior
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Pickup by Nadine Gordimer
Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
Straight White Male by Gerald W. Haslam
A Girl Named Zippy: Growing up Small in Moorland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel
Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
The Time Traveler's Wife by Aubrey Niffenegger
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
Giovanni's Light by Phyllis Theroux
The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
Sleep Toward Heaven by Amanda Eyre Ward
Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert
California Uncovered: Stories For The 21st Century by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Editor), et al
How To Be Lost by Amanda Eyre Ward
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio : How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less by Terry Ryan
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
The Tale of Hill Top Farm by Susan Wittig Albert
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight : An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller 
 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Faithful Place by Tana French
Major Pedigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman
Sarah's Key by Titiana de Rosnay
Unbroken by Laura Hillenband
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
How High the Moon by Sandra Kring
The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Caribou Island by David Vann
In An Instant by Lee and Bob Woodward
Straight Man by Richard Russo
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Bossypants by Tina Fey
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
The Light Between Oceans by M.L.Steadman
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Persia Cafe by Melany Neilson
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Redfield Farm by Judith Coopey
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo
Night Gardening by E.L. Swann
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin 
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
The Botticelli Secret by Marina Fiorato
Go With The Flo by Judith Dechesere-Boyle
The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown
The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout 
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
Life after life by Kate Atkinson
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George 
Lottery by Patricia Wood
Radical Remission by Kelly Turner
How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman 
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson 
The Shack by Wm. Paul Young
Shanghai Diary by Ursula Bacon 
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles 
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
The Secret Wife by Gill Paul
The handmaid's tale by Margaret Atwood 
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid:A Novel by Bill Bryson
The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
Still Life by Louise Penny
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan 
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
Christmas on Jane Street by Billy Romp, Wanda Urbanska  
Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman
I Thought You Were Dead by Pete Nelson
Bccoming by Michelle Obama 
When Heaven and Earth Collide by Alan Cross 
Educated byTara Westover
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
Less by Andrew Sean Greer 
I'd Rather Be Reading
by Anne Bogel
Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

April 19, 2021

A full year of weekly Zoom gatherings was no replacement for the wonder of an in person gathering. With all of us fully vaccinated plus several weeks, we took full advantage and spent a delicious 3 hours together talking, laughing, sharing, and indulging in our long awaited first outing. It was simply wonderful!

We even assigned a book to read for our next meeting in May. This might not sound unusual for a book club, but as everyone admits, this past year was ANYTHING but usual. Our book is Next Year is Havana by Chanel Cleeton.


Nov 19, 2020

November 18, 2020

Though we haven't assigned a book to read since the Covid-19 epidemic shutdown began last March, we haven't stopped seeing each other. In fact, now that we can't meet physically we meet even more regularly, weekly, on Zoom. 

This week marked the 23rd anniversary of our very first meeting. Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine how significant that meeting was for all of us.

To mark the occasion we gathered online for a couple of pictures, one of us as we are today and a second to mark this particular time. 




Jul 8, 2020

July 8, 2020

Still Practicing Social Distancing

We've been meeting weekly for several months now and hope to continue doing so as we're taking pains to follow health guidelines and stay home as much as humanly possible. Our solution to the stress this causes is a weekly gathering to share what's good and what is driving us crazy! 

Thank you Zoom!

Apr 15, 2020

April 15, 2020

Our monthly meetings, as we've always known them, have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all sheltered in place but missing each other desperately so we have begun weekly Zoom meetings - bless technology! - to see each other and keep in touch. We don't have a monthly book, as we always have had, but will share the books we're currently reading at our next gathering.

On the sneak, I took a screen shot of our last Zoom gathering. What a treat!
*Note the disguised image of Mary.

Feb 23, 2020

February 19, 2020

Meeting in Carol's party room, we shared events scary, exciting, sad, frustrating, and happy. What busy lives we all have!
We talked about our book Less, wondering about his choices and personal doubts. We agreed that his life hadn't echoed ours.
Our book for next month is I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel. It's a short book so Cathy encouraged us to pick up one of the books the author highlights and add it to our month's reading.

Jan 17, 2020

Updated Book List - 2020

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons
Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson, Ph.D.
Patty Jean's House of Curl by Lorna Landvik
Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman
Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul by Jack Canfield, et al
Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
All True Travels and Adventures of Liddia Newton by Jane Smiley
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
Women of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
Traveling Mercies by Annie Lamontt
The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K Rowlings
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul by Jack Canfield, et al
 
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
 Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
 
Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher, Ph.D.
Redemption Song by Bertice Berry
The Wedding by Dorothy West
The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve
Drowning Rita by Christina Schwarz
A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
The Devil's Dream by Lee Smith
Earth Abides by George Stewart
The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories by Sarah Orne Jewett
Corelli's Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Liar's Club by Mary Karr
Daughter of Fortune by Isabella Allende
Christmas on Jane Street by Billy Romp, Wanda Urbanska
Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross
Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan
The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Picher
The Hungry Ocean by Linda Greenlaw
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Case Histories: A Novel by Kate Atkinson
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett
High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
The Book of Bright Ideas by Sandra Kring
My Life in France by Julia Child
Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos
The Elegant Gathering of White Snows by Kris Radish
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
The Wild Trees by Richard Preston
A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
Plain Truth by Jodi Piccault
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch
The Book Borrower by Alice Mattison
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl
Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama
It Ain't All About the Cookin' by Paula Deen
What We Keep by Elizabeth Berg
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Julie And Julia by Julie Powell
Olive Kitterridge by Elizabeth Strout
The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
Jarrettsville by Cornelia Nixon
Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire
The Vision of Emma Blau by Ursula Hegi
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
See You Everywhere by Julia Glass
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Raising Jake by Charlie Carillo
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Prayers For Sale by Sandra Dallas
20 Years Younger by Bob Greene 
Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
Holes by Louis Sachar
La Cucina by Lily Prior
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Pickup by Nadine Gordimer
Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
Straight White Male by Gerald W. Haslam
A Girl Named Zippy: Growing up Small in Moorland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel
Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
The Time Traveler's Wife by Aubrey Niffenegger
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
Giovanni's Light by Phyllis Theroux
The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
Sleep Toward Heaven by Amanda Eyre Ward
Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert
California Uncovered: Stories For The 21st Century by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Editor), et al
How To Be Lost by Amanda Eyre Ward
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio : How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less by Terry Ryan
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
The Tale of Hill Top Farm by Susan Wittig Albert
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight : An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller 
 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Faithful Place by Tana French
Major Pedigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman
Sarah's Key by Titiana de Rosnay
Unbroken by Laura Hillenband
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
How High the Moon by Sandra Kring
The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Caribou Island by David Vann
In An Instant by Lee and Bob Woodward
Straight Man by Richard Russo
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Bossypants by Tina Fey
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
The Light Between Oceans by M.L.Steadman
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Persia Cafe by Melany Neilson
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Redfield Farm by Judith Coopey
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo
Night Gardening by E.L. Swann
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin 
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
The Botticelli Secret by Marina Fiorato
Go With The Flo by Judith Dechesere-Boyle
The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown
The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout 
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
Life after life by Kate Atkinson
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George 
Lottery by Patricia Wood
Radical Remission by Kelly Turner
How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman 
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson 
The Shack by Wm. Paul Young
Shanghai Diary by Ursula Bacon 
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles 
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
The Secret Wife by Gill Paul
The handmaid's tale by Margaret Atwood 
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid:A Novel by Bill Bryson
The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
Still Life by Louise Penny
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan 
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
Christmas on Jane Street by Billy Romp, Wanda Urbanska  
Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman
I Thought You Were Dead by Pete Nelson
Bccoming by Michelle Obama 
When Heaven and Earth Collide by Alan Cross 
Educated byTara Westover
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
Less by Andrew Sean Greer 
I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

January 15, 2020

After a delicious lunch including "African Chicken" supplied our hostess Donna, we discussed our January book selection Born a Crime. We all agreed we'd learned a great deal about South Africa, the tensions of the races and the divisions that kept people apart. What an experience it was to learn about Mr. Noah's life and challenges.
As always family pictures and stories were shared and our close knit group became even closer.
Our book selection for next month is Less by Andrew Sean Greer.