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2010 2011

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Welcome to the 2010-2011

 Book to Dine

Reading List


These titles have been chosen by our famous book ladies while we searched the shelves of a neighborhood book haunt.  With a few bites to eat and a sip or two, we embarked on our delightful yearly field trip to an enticing book store.  Our hopes were not crushed, we in fact found plenty of titles for our reading list this year.


 MrsK's Booked to Dine Book Reviews

Book's we have read all in one place!


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Ladies of the Lake

Haywood Smith


*First book pick for our November 2010


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A Grandmother’s will requires all three sisters to spend their summer “camping in” at her lodge at the lake if they want to receive their inheritance.


The Christmas Cookie Club

Ann Pearlman


*2nd book choice for our January 2011


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Why volunteer to host the annual Christmas Cookie Club meeting?  How does Marnie get herself into this, year after year? Even if everyone brings a dish, a bottle of wine, and their stories… Marnie has too much on her mind to bother with the gathering….

An Irish Country Doctor

Patrick Taylor


March 2011





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How about meeting a young newly degreed doctor.  This series promises hours of enjoyment.  Not only does Dr. Barry seek employment as an assistant in a rural village in Northern Ireland, he also will be teamed with the village’s older physician Dr. Fingal Flahertie OReilly.  Is Dr. Barry prepared for this assignment, not with just his medical school training? 



Sarah’s Key

Tatiana De Rosnay


July 2010


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Set in both 1942 and modern times, this mystery is about a young Jewish girl whose family is being gathered.  On that night, Sarah hides her little brother in the cupboard and promises to come back to get him.  Sixty years later, an American journalist begins investigating what happened that night to Sarah and Michel since it was her husband’s family that moved into Sarah’s apartment.


Those Who Save Us

Jenna Blum



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Trudy, a professor of German history, investigates the story behind a photo of her mother and her taken at the Obersturmfuhrer of Buchenwald during WWII.  What is the truth behind this photo?  Will her mother finally break her silence and fill in the missing gaps of Trudy’s childhood?



A Slender Thread

Katharine Davis



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Just before Thanksgiving, Margot is met with the news that her older sister will need her as a refuge of strength.  For the first time, Margot will be providing comfort, safety, and courage as her sister loses her ability to use language.  Helping her sister to discover a new voice, her sister’s weaving will bind them in ways that Margot wasn’t expecting.


The Lace Makers of Glenmara

Heather Barbieri



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Taking chances and starting over becomes a source of joy for Kate whose mother once told her, “You can always start again; all it takes is a new thread.”  At 26, Kate flees her fashion designer job and heads back to her homeland of Ireland hoping to break old habits and reinvent her herself as she becomes a member of the local lace-making society.



Letters of Sylvia Beach

Sylvia Beach


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An American in Paris…. As a bibliophile from an early age, Sylvia falls in love with Adrienne Monnier, a bookstore owner.  With German occupation, Sylvia moves the entire stock of the Shakespeare and Company bookstore into her apartment.  An interesting biography about a woman most of us would never have known.



People of the Book

Geraldine Brooks




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As Hanna, an Australian rare-book expert begins a journey to rescue and conserve a famed manuscript she discovers a few artifacts in its ancient binding. This discovery will lead her on a journey to unlock the book’s mysteries, a journey that will span five centuries of history from medieval Spain in 1480 up through her discovery in 1996.


The Wednesday Sisters

Meg Waite Clayton




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Meet five women, who are not sisters nor do they meet on Wednesdays.  Although they originally met in a park with their babies, now thirty-five years later they meet as friends who express their hopes and dreams by writing poems, stories, and eventually a book.  Friendship, book lovers, writers, food… what more could we hope for in a book?


Frozen Assets

P G Wodehouse



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Edmund is set to inherit his Godfather’s legacy if he can keep from being arrested.  Lord Tilbury wants Edmund to fail.  With humor and wit, the author creates a romping tale of mishap, unfortunate events, and exactly what everyone deserves as a finally.  To learn more about the greatest comic author of the 20th century, check out the society’swebsite.



Buzz Off

Hannah Reed




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This is the first book of the Story Fischer mystery series.  With her divorce final, Story thinks her life is on the road again.  The honey is harvested, her market is thriving, and her mentor is….. found stung to death!  Could it really be her ex-husband who is on a killing spree?



A Novel Bookstore

Laurence Crosse




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Enjoying books about books can be fun and will always lead you to new or renewed discoveries.  In this novel, Francesca and Ivan become bookstore owners in Paris.  Yet this bookstore isn’t like most, there is a list of criteria that every novel must meet by these elite book lovers.  The author has her own fictional bookstore with titles that would have stocked the shelves of the novel, The Good Novel.



Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee (256 pages)

When Jasmine is suddenly widowed at seventeen, she seems fated to a life of quiet isolation in the small

 Indian village where she was born. But the force of Jasmine's desires propels her explosively into a

 larger, more dangerous, and ultimately more life-giving world. In just a few years, Jasmine becomes Jane

 Ripplemeyer, happily pregnant by a middle-aged Iowa banker and the adoptive mother of a Vietnamese

 refugee. Jasmine's metamorphosis, with its shocking upheavals and its slow evolutionary steps,

 illuminates the making of an American mind; but even more powerfully, her story depicts the shifting

 contours of an America being transformed by her and others like her -- our new neighbors, friends, and



Room by Emma Donoghue (352 pages)

In many ways, Jack is a typical 5-year-old. He likes to read books, watch TV, and play games with his Ma.

But Jack is different in a big way--he has lived his entire life in a single room, sharing the tiny space

with only his mother and an unnerving nighttime visitor known as Old Nick. For Jack, Room is the only

world he knows, but for Ma, it is a prison in which she has tried to craft a normal life for her son. When

their insular world suddenly expands beyond the confines of their four walls, the consequences are

piercing and extraordinary. Despite its profoundly disturbing premise, Emma Donoghue's Room is rife

with moments of hope and beauty, and the dogged determination to live, even in the most desolate

circumstances. A stunning and original novel of survival in captivity, readers who enter Room will leave

staggered, as though, like Jack, they are seeing the world for the very first time.


The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow (272 pages)

When we are in pain or danger, we hold our breath and move with caution, which is how Durrow’s measured and sorrowful debut novel unfolds. Rachel has yet to get the hang of the American hierarchy of skin color when she arrives in Portland, Oregon, to live with her father’s mother and sister. Although considered black like her father, she is “light-skinned-ed” and has blue eyes, thanks to her Danish mother, whose shock and despair over the racism confronting her children after they moved from Europe to Chicago contributed to a mysterious tragedy only Rachel survived. Smart, disciplined, and self-possessed, Rachel endures her confounding new life, coming into her own as she comes of age.


Remarkable Creatures  by Tracy Chevalier (320 pages)

On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, poor and uneducated Mary Anning learns that she has a unique gift: "the eye" to spot fossils no one else can see. When she uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious community on edge, the townspeople to gossip, and the scientific world alight. After enduring bitter cold, thunderstorms, and landslips, her challenges only grow when she falls in love with an impossible man. Mary soon finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster who shares her passion for scouring the beaches. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy, but ultimately turns out to be their greatest asset.



Let’s Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell (208 pages)

This book captures the very thing we hope to find in friendship: a person who admires and cares for us

not in spite of our flaws, but in acceptance of them, as part and parcel of who we are. For Gail Caldwell

and Caroline Knapp--two intensely driven, talented writers who found in each other an uncannily similar

share of life experiences and ambitions--loving the flaws became a cornerstone of their friendship. This is

a beautiful story of the best things about best friends: shared rituals and private jokes, long walks (in this

case, with their dearly loved dogs) and longer talks, confessions and discoveries. It would be wrong to

say that their friendship ended with Caroline's unexpected death, because it so obviously lives and

breathes in the rich and wonderful tapestry of stories told here.


Travels in West Africa by Mary Kingsley (354 pages)

Mary Kingsley's "Travels in West Africa" has become a classic, and deservedly so. Her story is remarkable. In the 1890s, unmarried and no longer having to care for her parents, Kingsley decides she should travel in "the tropics" and sets off for "West Africa" (i.e., the West coast of Central Africa). She travels as a scientist, collecting fish specimens, and finances her travels by trading along the way--but mostly she travels for the love of adventure and to satisfy an appetite for the unknown. "Travels in West Africa" is a treasure trove of information about Atlantic-coast Central Africa in the late 1800s. Mary Kingsley's descriptions are vivid, her insights interesting, and her understated humor is a joy.


Other Nonfiction

Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux (352 pages)

First published more than thirty years ago, Paul Theroux's strange, unique, and hugely entertaining railway odyssey has become a modern classic of travel literature. Here Theroux recounts his early adventures on an unusual grand continental tour. Asia's fabled trains -- the Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Frontier Mail, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Mandalay Express, the Trans-Siberian Express -- are the stars of a journey that takes him on a loop eastbound from London's Victoria Station to Tokyo Central, then back from Japan on the Trans-Siberian. Brimming with Theroux's signature humor and wry observations, this engrossing chronicle is essential reading for both the ardent adventurer and the armchair traveler.


Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (528 pages)

A scheming nobleman, a beautiful heiress, and, of course, a mysterious woman in white confined to an asylum for the insane are just a few of the unforgettable characters in this marvelous tale of mistaken identities, locked rooms, and surprise revelations. Widely regarded as the finest work of Wilkie Collins.





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