The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Book Club Books / Carol / Friday Afternoon / Literary Fiction / Psychological

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Bunny dies at the start of the book. We know how but not why. Who was invovled, why he seemingly had to die, and what were the consequences create the rest of the story. Narrated by Richard, an intelligent but not always smart California transplant to a small Vermont college, the story unfolds from his … Continue reading

Book Club Books / Cookbook / Cookbook Club / Lisa / Nonfiction

Cookbook Club – Lidia’s Favorite Recipes

This month our group tried recipes from Lidia’s Favorite Recipes by Lidia Bastianich. The members of the group were enthusiastic about delving into Lidia’s cookbook (some even had their own copy) and the results were delicious. The adjustment that came up the most was adding less garlic than the recipe called for (and you could … Continue reading

Book Club Books / Cookbook / Cookbook Club / Lisa / Nonfiction

Cookbook Club – Modern German Cookbook

This month our group tried recipes from Frank Rosin’s Modern German Cookbook. While everything was tasty and not too difficult to make, many said that they had to make tweaks or changes to the recipe (or if they didn’t they would if they tried it again). Overall though most were underwhelmed with the cookbook itself. … Continue reading

Book Club Books / Carol / Fiction / Friday Afternoon / Historical Fiction / Literary Fiction

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Much of history can be learned through well-written and well-researched fiction. I sometimes prefer it if the subject is disturbing or painful because it lends the information some distance not available in non-fiction. Maybe this is avoidance initially, but it has often given me the opportunity to explore a topic before moving on to further … Continue reading

Book Club Books / History / Karen / Nonfiction / Nonfiction Book Club

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough

This quarter’s non-fiction book club selection, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, is a whopping 558 page travelogue/history of Paris between the 1830s through the early 1900s. In these pages, McCullough tells the tale of the Americans that were brave enough, fortunate enough, or foolish enough to make the difficult trek from America to France. … Continue reading