Friday Morning Bookclub

March 27, 2013

The Joys Of Reading….At Any Age!

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Anyone who knows me or has ever read my blog knows that I love to read. The only thing I like more than reading is discussing what I read. I come by this honestly, as both my parents, now in their 80’s are avid readers. Ever since my parents moved into a retirement community I have been trying to get them to start a book club and even went as far as to volunteer to help them get started. I guess I should not have been surprised when I received a call from Betty the activities coordinator. Together we picked a date for our first official meeting, a gathering to find out just how many people were interested in a book club as well as what they would like to read.

Together, Betty, Dana (another member of The Friday Morning Bookclub whose parents live in the same retirement community) and I set up the circle of chairs. Would we get a dozen people? We knew there would be at least four as our own parents wouldn’t dare miss it.Were we ever surprised (and relieved) and when 25 plus enthusiastic seniors showed up! The meeting was wonderful and we chose our first book, Defending Jacob. Now the big question…how many of those 25 some people would actually read the book and come to the next meeting?

Betty, Dana, Bonnie (another member of the Friday Morrning Bookclub) and I sat anxiously waiting to see. Slowly people began to arrive. They just kept coming and our circle kept getting bigger and bigger as more chairs were brought into the room.

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FORTY FIVE seniors showed up to discuss Defending Jacob. We had educators, entrepeneurs, social workers, attorneys and even a police officer. Most of all they were parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents and they brought with them a lifetime of experiences. They were enthusiastic and they came ready to discuss this gripping thriller of a book. This was truly one of the best book club meetings I have ever attended. Everyone participated, there was no chatter and best of all were the smiles on everyone’s faces as they left!

Next month: Once We Were Brothers……….. I can hardly wait!

March 25, 2013

Happy Spring…Happy Passover!

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March 19, 2013

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives American Dervish By Ayad Akhtar 4.2 Omelets

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Amazon readers gave  American Dervish 4 stars

Goodreads readers gave  American Dervish 3.7 stars

American Dervish is the story of  Hayat Shah, a young Pakistani American boy growing up in Milwaukee. It is a compelling, thought-provoking read and a real eye opener! A wonderful book club book!

American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar – Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs

March 4, 2013

Meet Ayad Akhtar, Author Of This Month’s Book American Dervish

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Only 45 seconds long…….definitely worth a listen!

February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Flowers Or Chocolate?????

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valentineFlowers are nice………..but there is nothing like CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!!!!!

Which do you prefer?

November 25, 2012

News Bulletin!

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Face The Nations Annual Book and Author show starts NOW! You won’t want to miss this!

10:30 am Sunday! Yes, the time is off on my blog as someone pointed out to me just days ago. Hopefully I will be able to figure out how to correct it….and soon!

November 22, 2012

To Stuff…Or Not To Stuff!

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Oh, how I love Thanksgiving. I love everything about Thanksgiving! Family, friends, food, a fire in the fireplace…it’s all good!

The menu is easy too. I make the same thing every year. What would Thanksgiving be without turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, sauerkraut (a Maryland tradition) and cranberry sauce. In my house broccoli casserole is also a must and because we don’t have enough carbs I make one more side dish… a delicious carrot cake.

And yes! I stuff my turkey! I am not generally a risk taker but once in a while you just have to live dangerously! After all, the stuffing is the best part of the dinner!

So tell me. Do you stuff your turkey? And even more important…….do you love Thanksgiving as much as I do?

May 30, 2012

A Day At The Gaithersburg Book Festival By Ann

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Despite turning green at lunch (the salad and quesadillas were delicious –- I just wanted to win an Ipad too!), the day at the Gaithersburg Book Festival was just wonderful. I’m sure the balmy weather helped as it made being outside walking around, people watching, and talking to other book lovers idyllic. The Book Festival was bigger than I expected, but it was not too crowded. We could choose from nine different authors from an array of genres who spoke at different pavilions set up on the lawn of the county seat from 10 am to 4:40 pm.

We attended the presentation from Jim Lehrer of PBS News Hour fame, who spoke about his experiences covering eight presidents for about 30 minutes. Afterwards, I was able to purchase my father-in-law “Jim’s” new book on presidential debates in a tent sponsored by Politics and Prose (small active independent book store in DC) and stood in line less than five minutes to have  “Jim” sign it. I thought this was really cool and a well-thought out process for both the attendees and the authors. Everybody wins! And I have a gift for my impossible-to-buy-anything-for father-in-law, that I think he will actually appreciate and like as a PBS News Hour fan.

Other presentations we attended usually included the authors reading from their last book. We listened to Tom McNeal (To Be Sung Underwater), David Linden (The Pleasure Compass) and Madeline Miller (The Song of Achilles), which we now plan to schedule for Bookclub.

There were tons of kids activities, music at the “coffee house” (pavilion), and, of course, you could win free prizes(!) All in all a great day and I hope to go next year.

May 4, 2012

Meet William Landay, Author Of This Month’s Book: Defending Jacob

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I just finished reading Defending Jacob on my kindle. Something to think about after listening to the interview. Are you missing something by reading on an E-Reader?

April 8, 2012

Happy Passover And Happy Easter From The Friday Morning Bookclub!

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Enjoy your family, enjoy the food, enjoy the good times!

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