Monday, September 7, 2009

Christopher in Print

Our esteemed Christopher DiVirgilio is writing for a new publication - The West Valley Health and Living Magazine. To view the September issue and read two of his articles, go to:

Way to go Christopher!!

The Middle Place (By Kelly Corrigan)

The Middle Place is our next book.....meeting to be held later in September. See the MeetUp Link on the right for a synopsis.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict (by Laurie Viera Rigler)

Our last meeting was a call in from Laurie Viera Rigler to discuss her book "Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict". A wonderful sequel to her original "Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict". Laurie is always very gracious and fun to visit with. She offered some good insight and understanding to our comments and questions. We discussed at length the differences in custom and decorum, in particular dating and marriage rituals. We weighed the pros and cons of being a woman in Jane Austen's time vs. today's world. Very interesting discussion! Her book is delightful, and our group recommends it highly.

Thank you Laurie!! We look forward to your next book!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict (By Laurie Viera Rigler)

The long awaited sequel to Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict is finally here. Laurie has been busy in California doing readings and book signings, and she's still found the time to sign book plates for our group and even call in on our upcoming meeting August 17th. We cannot wait to visit with her again!!

So as not to spoil the book for those who haven't finished it yet, it is at least as good as the first book and maybe even better. She did a beautiful job of tying the two together and I enjoyed it immensely. I read it in two sittings!!!

Laurie - until August 17th......

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Summer of Firefly Memories (by Joan Gable)

July 20th is our next meeting - location available on our MeetUp link to the right. Our choice is by a local author, Joan Gable. Joan is going to actually be at our meeting with us to aid in the discussion of her first novel. We are excited to have her. Many of our group members have already read the book and loved it. Looking forward to meeting with you Joan!!!!
Entered August 4 - We had a great visit with Joan. She came to our meeting and helped us to understand what motivated her to write and clued us in on the elements that were actually from her own life. She's planning a sequel which we will look forward to. I hope a publisher picks you up Joan! What you wrote sure beats some of what's out there on the store shelves.
Thank you for coming to our meeting!!

My Sister's Keeper (by Jodi Picoult)

Our June meeting was filled with discussion about this book. It's such controversial material that not to discuss in detail and share our feelings and opinions would have been wrong. Not wanting to spoil it for the reader who has not yet had the chance to read this, I won't say anymore. I do understand the movie is NOT a good adaptation of the book. For more information, feel free to visit where you can read and comment on the movie.

Firefly Lane (by Kristen Hannah)

This was our selection for the month of May, 2009.This was a fabulous book about friendship that begins in youth and never dies. The story of two women who shared hopes and dreams as teenagers, only to choose very different paths as adults. Yet the bond remained. This generated a ton of discussion with the unusual dynamic these two women had between them. A fascinating story....thank you Joanna for hosting on your birthday!!!!