Friday Morning Bookclub

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October- The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn

November- The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis

December- Verity by Clleen Hoover


  1. A friend just told me about a book titled The art of racing in the rain, see what you think.

    Comment by Audrey — July 30, 2009 @ 8:06 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Audrey! I will look it up!

      Comment by susanbright — July 31, 2009 @ 12:27 pm | Reply

    • Audrey – I just finished it….it was amazing! I don’t usually like to read books about animals, because I get upset if something happens….but a friend convinced me to read it, and I absolutely loved it. I will never look at my dog the same way again! Beautifully written and heartwarming.

      Comment by Esther Jacobson — August 2, 2009 @ 2:38 pm | Reply

    • I looked up the Art of Racing in the Rain. Reminds me of Edgar Sawtelle! Looks good!

      Comment by susanbright — August 5, 2009 @ 6:25 pm | Reply

  2. Esther,
    I didn’t think anyone knew about this book. Surprised to hear you already read it. I feel the same way about reading books about animals. It got terrific reviews on amazon, so glad you agree. If I finish Book of the People soon, I’m going to read it before Homer and Langley.

    Comment by Audrey — August 2, 2009 @ 4:27 pm | Reply

  3. I have to miss August meeting, we have a wedding in Vermont.
    I will try to post comments on our blog before the meeting.

    Comment by Audrey — August 2, 2009 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  4. I went to the library to pick up The Help and it has 198 reserves on it. It must be a great read !

    Comment by Bonnie — September 9, 2009 @ 10:08 am | Reply

    • Wow! It is also available at BJ’s, and Barnes and Noble has it at 30% off. Remember,we are reading Relay first, so you may want to reserve Replay now. I checked the other day and there were several copies available!

      Comment by susanbright — September 9, 2009 @ 10:14 am | Reply

  5. Love the website! I see that you’re reading “Pride and Prejudice” in January. Did you know that the Special Collections department at the Goucher College library has a wonderful Jane Austen collection? The library is now in Goucher’s brand new Athenaeum building, a real showpiece. Might be fun to take your book club there.

    Comment by Judy Rousuck — November 24, 2009 @ 11:36 pm | Reply

    • Wonderful suggestion!

      Comment by susanbright — November 25, 2009 @ 10:40 am | Reply

  6. I wonder if the Library might have a room where we could have our meeting? No food though, I guess. We could eat first and then go to the Library?

    Comment by Jean — November 25, 2009 @ 8:07 pm | Reply

  7. An impressive website . . . thanks, Susan, for sharing it with me! Read Pride and Prejudice not long ago prior to the movie remake . . . loved the book!

    Comment by Risa Schuster — December 7, 2009 @ 7:53 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for blogging with us. I hope you come back often and let us know what you are reading!

      Comment by susanbright — December 7, 2009 @ 9:25 pm | Reply

  8. My friend Nancy just told me about the book, The Madonnas of Leningrad…. Looks good, got great reviews. Has anyone read it?

    Comment by Audrey — December 15, 2009 @ 3:12 pm | Reply

  9. Me again, another book club is reading Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill. It got terrific reviews from
    It’s another historical fiction book, and we all seem to love reading those… maybe we can add this to our list.
    It’s seems like all of a sudden there are alot of great book recommendations, I only wish I could read more than one book a month!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Audrey — December 18, 2009 @ 7:40 pm | Reply

  10. Just read an amazing job called The Last Bridge

    Comment by marna dahan — December 21, 2009 @ 11:04 am | Reply

  11. Marna – Thanks for your suggestion – can you tell us a little something about The Last Bridge?

    Comment by nuwest222 — December 21, 2009 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

  12. My friend Nancy just finished The Space Between Us and loved the book. Has anyone read or heard of this book– please comment!!

    Comment by Audrey — February 2, 2010 @ 8:04 pm | Reply

    • I loved The Space Between Us. I read this book right after reading The Help and saw many of the same conflicts in terms of injustices and class inequities. although the cultural/geographic settings of both novels are very different. The author writes beautifully and the ending is surprising and spectacular. I also read another novel by Thrity Umigar, The Weight of Heaven. I liked this one, too, but preferred The Space Between Us. Umigar’s novels are set in India, where she was born. I am sure you will enjoy The Space Between Us. It is a story that stays with you. Let me know what you think after you read it.

      Comment by Lois Rothberg — February 25, 2010 @ 10:25 pm | Reply

  13. My summer community Book Club just read and discussed Little Bee, our upcoming book for Sept., and now I’m really looking forward to discussing it at our Book Club. The book tackles some really difficult and heavy issues but it’s not a heavy book at all. I really enjoyed reading it and I think it will make our list of best discussion books!
    Also, I just read The Art of Racing in the Rain and it’s wonderful too!

    Comment by Jean Brenner — July 26, 2010 @ 1:03 pm | Reply

  14. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has been recommended to me by a friend in another book club. It sounds a little heavy in a scientific kind of way, but definitely interesting.

    Comment by Lisa Davis — August 31, 2010 @ 9:42 am | Reply

    • Thank you Lisa. Henrietta Lacks was treated for cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins in 1951. During her treatment, tissue samples were removed from her cervix and became known as HeLa cells. These cells were instrumental in developing the polio vaccination and are still being used in medical research today.” Her family became aware of this in the 1970’s. Henrietta’s daughter asks ” If our mother cells done so much for medicine, how come her family can’t afford to see no doctors?” I think we should put this book on our to read list!

      Comment by susanbright — August 31, 2010 @ 10:33 am | Reply

  15. Not sure if you’ve read any of these but I here are some I liked:
    The Uncommon Reader by Allan Bennett — A short story, very cleverly written

    The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore — I listened to the author read his book on CD. It was both fascination and tragic as he described his life compared to another man named Wes Moore who is now in prison for life. Both lived in Baltimore for a while and took very different paths in life.

    The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa – I just started this one and it’s very engaging. I like the story and it’s connection to mathematics (OK, I’m a geek!)

    Comment by Harriet Hardy — November 30, 2011 @ 12:41 pm | Reply

  16. Hi Harriet! Thanks for your recommendations. We did read the Uncommon Reader and agree, it was a short, quick, and charming little book ! I have been thinking about reading The Other Wes Moore, but had not really heard from anyone that had read it. Being a Baltimore group this would be a good book for us. I have never heard of The House Keeper and The Professor, but will look it up. Have you read Not In My Neighborhood?
    Thanks for sending the picture of Bailey. Collie or Sheltie?

    Comment by Susanbright — November 30, 2011 @ 1:53 pm | Reply

  17. I think the Wes Moore book would be good for discussion and its Baltimore ties. The man in jail was involved in the jewelry store robbery and death of an off-duty police officer that occurred around 10 years ago in Pikesville. I remember it well…

    My sister has Not in My Neighborhood so I will read it when she’s done. Bailey is a Sheltie and sailing dog extrodinaire!

    Comment by Harriet Hardy — November 30, 2011 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

    • Hi Harriet, Be sure to let us know what you and your sister think of Not in my Neighborhood. We used to have a Sheltie… great dogs! Now we have Chinese Cresteds..three of them!

      Comment by Susanbright — December 1, 2011 @ 11:04 am | Reply

  18. My friend recommended The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman. Does anyone know about it? Sounds like Bible stories to me. Should I read it?

    Comment by Janice — February 17, 2012 @ 10:04 am | Reply

    • Hi Janice! I have heard wonderful things about The Dovekeepers. It is on my to read list!

      Comment by susanbright — February 17, 2012 @ 10:43 am | Reply

  19. Great idea to let readers know what you plan to review! My problem is finding the next book to read.

    Comment by Caroline — September 11, 2012 @ 11:56 am | Reply

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