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June 23, 2013

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives Me Before You 4.7 Omelets

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Amazon readers gave Me Before You 4.7 stars

Goodreads readers gave Me Before You 4.35 star

Thought provoking, emotional, touching, sad, sensitive, must read, are a few of the words our readers have used to describe Me Before You.

When I first read that Me Before You was about a man involved in an accident, who becomes a quadriplegic I was not at all sure that I even wanted to read it.  After all I knew that even the happiest ending could not really be a happy one. Me Before You ended up being one of the best books I have read in a long time. Yes, it is sad, however it is a beautiful story and at times I could not help but to smile.  It may not have gotten 5 omelets, but it came closer to 5 than any other book we have read in the last few years. You do not want to miss out on this book!


June 16, 2013

Me Before You: Some Thoughts From Carol

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I had a dream last night, a series of dreams actually, where I was a disembodied head hovering over a wheelchair. It was, undoubtedly, the result of reading Me Before You. I guess my mind was processing the quadriplegic experience. That was my unconscious mind. In my conscious mind, the phrase “Love each other or perish” kept popping up, over and over, so much so that I had to look up where the quote came from. The poet W.H. Auden said it. If it weren’t five words, I would have entered that in “Describe Me Before You in three words.” Love each other or perish.

The same theme was in Tuesdays With Morrie. That story was different yet similar. Morrie was an old man struggling with a progressive disease. Will was a young man struggling with a sudden accident. They both had to make huge accommodations in their lives. What they both are, are guides for the rest of us. What I learned from them (well, it greatly reinforced what I knew to be true) is this:

1.)    Unexpected things, good and bad, really do happen….and sad things do happen to good people.

2.)    Real intimacy (as in great friendships, great love) is the most important experience in your life.

3.)    Be grateful for everything good. Every mundane thing. The orthodox Jews say a prayer for everything, including using the bathroom. It’s something like, “Thank you, Lord, for letting my body work.”

4.)    Live with no regrets. Both Morrie and Will had interesting and purposeful lives. They worked hard to find work they loved and have experiences they wanted. They were active participants in life, not passive observers. At the end, they never had regrets of wasted time.

5.)    Learn from others. Let everyone teach you something, challenge you, inspire you, shake you out of complacency. Even strangers. Even people we don’t particularly like can be a type of teacher, if only to show us how not to behave. Just listen, observe, and learn.

We have the power to bring ourselves and one another joy or misery, companionship or loneliness, right up to the very end. Even though other critical themes come up in this story, like whose life is this any way, who has the right to make decisions for you and tell you what to do, the theme of intimacy is what resonated with me.

June 14, 2013

Rate The Book: Me Before You By Jojo Moyes

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June 10, 2013

This Month’s Book: Me Before You…………In Three Words

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Me befor you This month’s book Me Before You is a Heartwarming And Heartbreaking book.

Here is what some of our readers have to say:

Thought provoking, disturbing.

Emotional Love Story

A must read!

Touching,Sensitive, Sad

How would you describe Me Before You in three words?

May 10, 2013

Two Books In One Month….Yes! We Can Do It!

2013-05-10 10.42.06We were so very excited to receive Advance Readers’ Copies of Barbara Delinsky’s latest book Sweet Salt Air. It looks like just the kind of book we need to read after just finishing The Dinner, a very disturbing book!  Sweet Salt Air is about two women, their friendships and yes their secrets.  Charlotte and Nicole used to be the best of friends, but they had  grown apart, each going their own way. When Nicole invites Charlotte to join her at her family’s island house where they had once spent their summers, to work on a cook book, Charlotte cannot refuse. Between them lies an explosive secret. Sweet Salt Air is a book about friendship, secrets, betrayals and forgiveness.

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes is being described as a heart breaking romantic novel.  Will is an unhappy, angry 35-year-old man and he has every right to be so. Once active, he has spent the last two years as a quadriplegic. Louisa is a 26-year-old girl hired by his mother to help keep his spirits up. “They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose.” Get your Kleenex ready….you are going to need it!

Please join us in reading Sweet Salt Air AND Me Before You!

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