Friday Morning Bookclub

January 25, 2012

Looking Back on 2011!…… Favorite Book: The Invisible Bridge By Julie Orringer

This year The Friday Morning Bookclub read a little bit of everything. Fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, a memoir and of course a mystery or two. We even listened to our first audio book (The American Heiress), complements of Reader’s Choice and Macmillan Audio. We took a tour of China (A Thread of Sky) also courtesy of one of the many book sites we visit and traveled to the Middle East and learned about life in modern-day Saudia Arabia (Finding Nouf). We glimpsed into the lives of the Ultra Orthodox Jews of Borough Park, New York (Hush) and read about Mathilde Kschessinska, Prima ballerina of the St Petersburg Imperial Theater (The True Memoirs of Little K). We learned all about the amazing HeLa cells, which were discovered at Johns Hopkins, a hospital in our own back yard (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and read two of Laura Lippman’s mysteries, which also take place in our home town of Baltimore (What The Dead Know and The Most Dangerous Thing). We had the pleasure of meeting with Justin Kramon, the charming author of Finny who just happened to grow up in Baltimore. How lucky were we to receive copies of Heaven’s Keep, the 9th book in the Cork O’Connor mystery series courtesy of Book Movement. And of course we continued the tradition and invited the men in our lives to join us for our annual pot luck dinner meeting to discuss Unbroken.

Our favorite book of the year, The Invisible Bridge was an epic story of the Hungarian Jews  before and during World War II.  It is a beautifully written and haunting love story.  Although we read many very good books this year, several people felt that there were no “stand out ” books. Maybe 2012 will be the year of the 5 omelet book! Any recommendations?

Here is a run down of the books we read in 2011:

  • Finny by Justin Kramon (3 1/2 Omelets)
  • Heaven’s Keep by William Kent Krueger ( 2 1/2 Omelets)
  • The True Memoirs of Little K by Adrienne Sharp (4 Omelets)
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (3 Omelets)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (4 1/2 Omelets)
  • The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (4 1/4 Omelets)
  • The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin (3 1/2 Omelets)
  • A Thread of Sky by Deanna Fei ( 3 1/4 Omelets)
  • Finding Nouf by Kristin Hannah ( 3 1/2 Omelets)
  • Hush by Eshes Chayil (3 3/4 Omelets)
  • The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman ( 2 3/4 Omelets)


  1. It’s amazing how we gain so much from reading books. I like your book summary. I also read “The Invisible Bridge” and thought it was enjoyable. I’m reading “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and so far it’s great. A few books I enjoyed last year were “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron, and “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith.

    Comment by Caroline — January 26, 2012 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Caroline, Our book club read The Shadow of the Wind for one of our couples meeting and it was an excellent discussion book, enjoyed by the women and the men. I have yet to read A Dogs Purpose and probably should as I am the crazy lady with 3 dogs! Thanks for visiting!

    Comment by Susanbright — January 26, 2012 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

  3. My book club also read Unbroken and many of us were disappointed. Listening to an audio book is a great idea and I am going to suggest it to my group. Thank you.

    Comment by Ellen — January 26, 2012 @ 11:01 pm | Reply

  4. I love the idea of inviting the husbands to a meeting. Sounds like a fun evening.

    Comment by Lynn — January 26, 2012 @ 11:06 pm | Reply

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