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    bookclub at donna's.

    196/365 – bookclub at donna’s Originally uploaded by mere2007…a lovely evening. we discussed bunnie’s pick from last month – pat conroy’s beach music. lyrical. beautiful. a big story told the right way. I think everyone loved it. and I felt better that everyone else who re-read it for this discussion had also forgotten what the big conflict was and the details about shyla’s parents. and we agreed the story was just as good the second time!

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    third wednesday.

    …as in “bookclub”. we met at lise’s last night and it was wonderful as always (lise’s and bookclub, just to be clear!). I was getting ready last night (meaning running a comb through my hair after quickly changing out of my park/walking clothes)and marc asked where I was going. uh, duh, bookclub, right? I’ve been going to bookclub on the third wednesday of every month for about nine years (this is the tenth year of bookclub, but we met on the second wednesday when we started) … and of course during the “pre-discussion”, I mentioned marc’s lack of memory, and a few others chimed in that their families had the…

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    bookclub.

    49/365 – february bookclub Originally uploaded by mere2007…feels like I need to start a flickr set for all my bookclub photos – love watching how the group is just a little different month by month. last night’s meeting was fun (as it always is!) and the discussion about the reader even got a bit loud. generally, none of us felt even one drop of sympathy for hanna. and the boy moms, especially the boy teenager moms, definitely ewww! and it looks like we’ll continue our WWII nazi theme. aileen selected skeletons at the feast (by the same chris bohjalian who wrote the double bind, that we read for january 2008)…

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    holiday bookclub.

    …another lovely evening. and the inspiration for my day 17 christmas journal entry. up early today and I finished day 16 and 18, too. (all of them are online here). planning that with time off work, I can get back to one journal entry each day instead of saving up to make two or three at once. because I seriously need to spend some time on my holiday knitting, or there will be balls of yarn wrapped up under our tree!

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    bookclub at alice's.

    (click photo to see who’s who) …to discuss the Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. General consensus was positive. But we might’ve liked it better as the “Friday Night Bookclub”, since that’s our favorite type of women’s group. Of course if it were our club, it would be the “3rd Wednesday Night Bookclub”. Other thoughts – the knitting didn’t seem “real” – Kate seemed detached from it somehow. The ending seemed rushed. We hope they make it a movie and pick someone totally gorgeous to play James (actually, we think the plot would serve very well for a movie – it’s a great chick flick!). Everyone wants an Anita…

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    what we’re reading.

    (click to see who’s who)…bookclub last night at Shari’s. wonderful as always. we talked about Terri’s pick from June (Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson – general consensus was good, and we especially enjoyed the link to the blind and Patty’s work, and thinking about Johnny Depp as Henry), enjoyed food & wine, meeting Shari’s neighbor Betsy (thanks for this wonderful group shot!), and most of all each other. Shari shared the What We’re Reading article from the ajc back in June (and I tried to find it online but couldn’t – the best I could do was this one from August 10 – but at least you get the idea).…

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    recap.

    …every time I do it, I vow it will be the last. and yet here I am again… a whole week between blog posts. I had very good intentions, but they never materialized. so, the recap. (you can click the photos for more details) father’s day. different for marc this year with both girls home. and sara’s yummy cheesecake for dessert.bookclub at terri’s. a smaller group than last year. but another beautiful summer evening.play day with sara on thursday. lots of driving for her (400, 285, numerous surface streets and even the dark) and she’s doing great with all of it!today we’re getting ready for dinner tomorrow. (katie and rob…

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    peony in love.

    click image to see who’s who …bookclub at lise’s and dawn’s pick from march. another great evening. I didn’t get a picture of lise in her oriental garb – even the food had a chinese flair (and it was all very good). the discussion was interesting – we were pretty much all in agreement that living here now is much better than china in the 1700’s. bound feet are kind of creepy. there are similarities between the chinese religion (you break into three parts when you die) and christianity (father, son and holy ghost). we loved the idea of meeting up with our mothers in the afterlife and getting to…

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    history of love.

    click photo to see who’s whothank you, Nicole Krauss and History of Love, for inspiring a wonderful discussion, especially the memories passed down to me from my father and my mother. I’ve known many of these ladies for 10+ years, but I learned something new about each of them when we went around the room and shared a memory we’d had passed down from each parent. It was so cool to hear the stories…we’ve come from so many different places and backgrounds, but we share values around families and hard work. And reflecting on that today, I think that connection is what makes this bookclub really click. Thank you all…

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    more.

    …than talking about the book Kay picked (When Crickets Cry, a very cute author and yes it was sappy, but except for I-don’t-like-happy-endings-in-my-books-Donna, we liked it!), enjoying the lovely food and wine (thanks mostly to Costco and to Marc for the cookies), enduring a not-so-great photo (sorry ladies, now realizing I had the wrong flash setting!)…it’s about catching up, real conversations (sometimes about hard life situations), spending time with my friends and going to bed way too late.Thank you ladies for another lovely evening!

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