The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants,  life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs […]

Next few Book Clubs books

So sorry! I forgot to announce the next few books for Book Club. March is The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters and April is Me Before You by Jojo Meyes. Photo is me having fun with my kids in Houston! Home again soon and life will be normal. Well, kind of. I’m getting a new […]

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Book Club reviews of The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert This is the story of the life of Alma Whittaker, all eighty years. Alma is the only daughter of two intelligent people, and grows up with freedom and encouragement to explore and learn and contribute to the adult conversations which take place each […]

The Storied Works of A.J.Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

This book has been published in so many countries and so many languages and so many different cover pictures and titles, I couldn’t believe it. While the book club chose “The Storied Works of A.J. Fikry” I was only able to get “The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry”, which is the UK version of this […]

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild by Cheryl Strayed At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by […]

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American Gods by Neil Gaiman Released from prison, Shadow finds his world turned upside down. His wife has been killed; a mysterious stranger offers him a job. But Mr. Wednesday, who knows more about Shadow than is possible, warns that a storm is coming — a battle for the very soul of America . . […]

Book Club – Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimkes’ daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed […]

Book Club list

Sorry, sorry, sorry. I forgot to announce the next books for Book Club. October – American Gods by Neil Gaiman and November Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

Book Club – City of Thieves by David Benioff

Two young men meet for the first time in a jail cell, awaiting the quick execution for war crimes. Kolya, the charming, but lying soldier and Lev, too young to be a soldier but not too young for execution, set off on an impossible task to “buy” their freedom. David Benioff’s story, which is an […]

Book Club – How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

From back cover: What does it mean when a fictional hero takes a journey? Shares a meal? Gets drenched in a sudden rain shower?  A practical and amusing guide to literature, this is the book Connie uses in one of the classes she teaches. Because the group has been discussing meaning at a somewhat deeper […]