[19 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: Clock Dance

Fans of Anne Tyler will recognize all the things they love about her in Tyler’s latest novel, Clock Dance: quirky – but very real – characters, a seemingly ordinary story that is anything but and sometimes poignant and sometimes laugh-out-loud (often both!) insight into what makes us human.
Clock Dance is Willa’s story. It begins with a couple of chapters of back story but the majority is Willa, middle-aged. She’s a women that, despite a sister, two husbands (one died – not talking polygamy) and two sons, is without a family. And for …

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[10 May 2018 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: An American Marriage

I’ve been mulling over this review for a while, wanting to write it in a way that does it justice. To say that this is a great book is not enough. It is that, but it is also a book we need.
Before I dive into the novel itself, let’s address some preliminaries. I listened to it as an audio book, and it was one that truly paid off in that format. With multiple narrators, it came to life. A significant portion of the first part of the book is epistolary, …

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[5 May 2018 | No Comment | ]
Book Reviews :: My Kind of Beach Read

It should be obvious from the title that what I consider a wonderful beach read is not what most people call a “beach read.” For me, the beach is a place where hours can be given over to literary immersion for multiple days on end, and I ask myself, why in the world would I squander such precious time on frivolous, dime-store fluff? Beach reads for me are my very favorite types of reads – dark and deep. Here are three of my favorites.
Middlesex: Middlesex may have been when I …

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[27 Apr 2018 | No Comment | ]
Book Clubs :: End of Year Wrap Up for 2017-18

Here’s my end of year (almost) wrap up for our 2017-18 book selections. Because life happens, we weren’t able to meet in April and will be discussing our final book of this year (Radium Girls) at our May.
I’ve got an older post that will give a quick history lesson on how we rate books and how we account for DNF’s or DNR’s here.
Here we go!
Thirteen Ways of Looking – 2.79 (Low: 2.75; High: 3.5)
This is the lowest a book has scored in our group a long time. Basically, the way we select …

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[16 Apr 2018 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Trifle in a Glass

It feels like cheating to call this a recipe, so perhaps consider it a gentle reminder: the same recipe you make in a large trifle dish can be replicated on an individual basis for stunning results.
Last weekend we had company for dinner. It was just one other couple, and I didn’t want leftovers – but what I did want was something light and impressive. This fit the bill.
You can use any trifle recipe & ingredients, but this one happened to be angle food cake, lite whipped topping and sliced strawberries. …

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[1 Apr 2018 | No Comment | ]
Book Club :: Short List for 2018-19

We did it! The votes are in & the SOC Sistas have selected the books we’ll be reading this year. I’m excited about what I think is a pretty good mix of old & new.
Take a look for yourself, and feel free to read along with us.
May 2018: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
June 2018: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
July 2018: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
August 2018: Stoner by John Williams
September 2018: Cane River by Lolita Lademer
October 2018: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
November 2018: Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
December 2018: Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
January 2019: The Book Thief by Markus Zysak
February 2019: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
March 2019: Sing …