Please join us – the group is open to all! We typically meet in members’ homes each month. If you are planning to join for the first time, or have any questions about Book Group, please email Susie Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 9, 2023
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
Summary: Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.
July 14, 2023
Horse, by Geraldine Brooks
Summary: A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history. Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism.
August 11, 2023
Summary: We have read another book by Marie Benedict – the Other Einstein. Once again, the bestselling author turns her keen, sharp eye to one of history’s most famous and intriguing women — Clementine Churchill, the wife of Winston Churchill, the great historic figure who led Britain to victory during World War II. As controversial, complex and larger than life as Winston’s legacy looms in our minds, it was Clementine who was his secret weapon, guiding him through not only personal relationships, but military strategies and political endeavors as well. In LADY CLEMENTINE, Benedict shines a light on the woman behind the man, proving to us that behind every great man is an even greater woman.
September 8, 2023 – Book group meeting and Feast!
Summary: This is the story of a former Berkeley hippie entering the corporate world and worrying about losing her soul. It is the story of the moment restaurants became an important part of popular culture, a time when the rise of the farm-to-table movement changed, forever, the way we eat. Readers will meet legendary chefs like David Chang and Eric Ripert, idiosyncratic writers like David Foster Wallace, and a colorful group of editors and art directors who, under Reichl’s leadership, transformed stately Gourmet into a cutting-edge publication. This was the golden age of print media—the last spendthrift gasp before the Internet turned the magazine world upside down.
Complete with recipes, Save Me the Plums is a personal journey of a woman coming to terms with being in charge and making a mark, following a passion and holding on to her dreams—even when she ends up in a place she never expected to be.