bay area book club
I have some exciting news!!
Authors, Judy Gelman and Vicki Levvy Krupp, are giving 1 winner a copy of their latest book!
To read my post, please click here: Review: The Book Club Cookbook by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
This is absolutely exciting and I know that it will be a book that will be treasured and used quite often!
Simply fill out the form below.
Everyone that fills out the form will receive 1 entry by listing your name and email.
To earn more than 1 entry, simply check the corresponding boxes and follow/like the pages listed.
Based on the number of checked boxes, you will receive that many extra entries in the drawing.
One winner will be selected using Random.org.
The winner will receive their free book from the authors.
If the winner does not respond to the email sent to them, another winner will be selected.
This Giveaway ends May 19, 2012.
- The Book Club Cookbook by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp (bookjourney.wordpress.com)
- Jane Austen Week begins, with a recipe! (threebookishgirls.wordpress.com)
- Review: The Book Club Cook Book (bookingmama.net)
- The CookBook Club (afternoondlite.com)
- Newly-published Krupp Dynasty Book: Send Team of Historians to U.S. (prweb.com)
- Book Club Picks: Give Them Something to Talk About (nochargebookbunch.com)
- Spring into Books: THE VIRGIN CURE + SIGNED Book Plate WINNER! (zaraalexis.wordpress.com)
- Book Giveaway: Exceeding Expectations by Lisa April Smith (booksintheburbs.com)
- Morning Meanderings…. Woo Hoo! My Book Club Is In A Book! (bookjourney.wordpress.com)
- Charla Krupp So Inspirational to So Many (stacyknows.com)
- Review: The Book Club Cookbook by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp (booksintheburbs.com)
Wow, it is hard to believe we already had our last book meet of the year!! We had a discussion about 2 very different books: The Mistress’s Revenge and Bleeding Kansas. We also took part in a book drive for R.E.A.D. for Houston, a wonderful organization that distributes books to local shelter, schools, and communities where the need for books is great. Lastly, we had an ornament exchange, that was a blast!!! It’s been an incredible year and we are all so excited for the new opportunities and book discussions we will have in 2012!
Some highlights of our year:
Our group has been in existence for about 7 years. It started with a membership of 3 and has expanded to a current total of 30.
We had the plesasure of meeting authors via skype: A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff, Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin, Hidden Wives by Claire Avery, Delivering Hope by Pamela McAffee, and The Wolves of Andover by Kathleen Kent
Our group met with the authors in person: Dead Lift by Rachel Brady and The Barrett Solution by Robert Norris
We attended a special movie premiere of The Help in June.
We have been invited to a premiere party for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” movie’s release and are attending the movie screening.
We now have a Facebook presence that is open only to our members, where we continue the conversations long after our book meet has ended.
We have done some social outings as well, like The Painted Potter and Painting With A Twist.
We also developed a better format to submitting book titles, which we vote on as a group for our Books of the Month.
Bay Area Book Club is receiving honorable mention in a book, to be released in March, 2012: Book Club Cookbook, 2nd edition.
- Bay Area Book Club Meets 2 Authors (booksintheburbs.com)
- Bay Area Book Club: Books of the Month (booksintheburbs.com)
- The Help Starts Today! (booksintheburbs.com)
- Book Club Girl Announces Fantastic Book Deal! (booksintheburbs.com)
- Online “Best Books of 2011″ Lists Update – December 7th (largeheartedboy.com)
- “A Vintage Affair: A Novel” by Isabel Wolff (goddessbnl.com)
- Why I Like Book Clubs (bookmarksmarkyourplace.wordpress.com)
- How To Choose Books for Your Book Club (booksintheburbs.com)
- Friday Book Club: Pigeon English, Steven Kelman (firstchoice.co.uk)
There were lots of invitees to this event! We were one of 2 book clubs that were invited that evening.
Our names were on the invitation list and each invitee was given a bracelet to have access to the theater. We couldn’t have our phones or camera visible during the screening. While there are scenes not included from The Help, it was still a wonderful film! I loved Sissy Spacek’s role! Even though it was a minor role, she was awesome!
Here is the trailer to the movie:
It’s a must see movie…if you loved the book, go see the movie! If you haven’t read the book, after you watch the movie you will certainly want to read the book afterwards.
Bay Area Book club was given 5 free books from Simon & Schuster. Our group will be discussing the book on Saturday, November 12. However, next week, some of our members will be receiving one of these books :)
We cannot wait to read and discuss this book, as it has been likened to the movie, “Fatal Attraction”…and who can ever forget about the bunny??
- Bay Area Book Club Receives First Ever Free Books! (booksintheburbs.com)
- Bay Area Book Club: Books of the Month (booksintheburbs.com)
- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer: A well-crafted scare (elizabethwillse.com)
- Simon & Schuster Provides Digital Files to Bookshare To Advance Timely Access to eBooks for Individuals with Print Disabilities (prweb.com)
- Simon & Schuster to Publish Linda Ronstadt’s Memoir (readersread.com)
- Book Blogger Hop: 8/5-8/8 (csilibrarian.wordpress.com)
- Review: A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard (booksintheburbs.com)
- This Just In: Domino Mag to Publish Its First Book (casasugar.com)
Synopsis: A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time—Paris in the twenties—and an extraordinary love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.
In Chicago in 1920, Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and finds herself captivated by his good looks, intensity, and passionate desire to write. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group of expatriates that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.
But the hard-drinking and fast-living café life does not celebrate traditional notions of family and monogamy. As Hadley struggles with jealousy and self-doubt and Ernest wrestles with his burgeoning writing career, they must confront a deception that could prove the undoing of one of the great romances in literary history.
For more information on The Paris Wife, to learn some interesting tidbits, and view pictures, please visit Random House.
Paula McLain not only describes the amazing relationship between Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Richardson, but she propels the reader back to the 1920’s in Paris. The love story between Ernest and Hadley is so special and unique, that Paula McLain does not have to create much fiction in this book. While we learn about their relationship, marriage, and parenting, we also witness the struggles Ernest has as a beginning writer and his relationship with other artists in Paris. Through the friendships Hadley and Ernest establish with their friends in Paris, the reader gets a glimpse into the lives of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and even Pauline Pfeiffer (who later becomes Ernest’s second wife).
It was interesting to learn about Hadley’s childhood, her parents, and their low expectations of her. Ernest’s own family history is quite intriguing and the similarities that both Ernest and Hadley have in their family of origin. Their family background and commonalities gave them a much greater appreciation and understanding of one another, which Paula McLain beautifully illustrates in this book. In the book, Paula shares the thoughts and writing Ernest creates, which become literary masterpieces, such as The Old Man and The Sea, The Sun Also Rises, and The Torrents of Spring.
Paula McLain’s writing truly captures the essence of this time period and gives the reader a more intimate glimpse into the early years of Ernest Hemingway as a writer and partner as well as a greater appreciation and love for Hadley.
After reading this book, I wanted to know more about who Ernest Hemingway was and read his books. I just finished reading A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. It was interesting to read his point of view during the Paris years!
His life is fascinating and tragic, and Paula is able to capture this specific time period, where the reader sees Ernest in his purest and truest form as a writer, friend, and husband. Most importantly, Paula gives Hadley a voice and shows that she was indeed Ernest’s greatest love and supporter.
I highly recommend this book!!
Below are some interesting sites for you to look at regarding Hemingway, his wives, and children.
Some great pics:
- A Novel of Hemingway’s First Marriage (nytimes.com)
- The Paris Wife by Paula McLain – review (guardian.co.uk)
- The first Mrs. Ernest Hemingway (arts.nationalpost.com)
- Paula McLain’s ‘The Paris Wife': the first and best of Ernest Hemingway’s wives (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
When I first made the decision to stay home so that I could be a full-time mom to my daughter, I didn’t realize that I would unconsciously take on more tasks (that were self-induced) to keep my mind busy. Staying home is a true gift and I appreciate and value every day that I spend with my daughter. However, I found myself needing “mommy time”. So, I looked on Meetup.com and found a local book club in the area that I could join.
I absolutely loved the idea of meeting women and talking about books that we had just read. Shortly after joining, our book club organizer decided it was time for her to step down and gave me the choice to become organizer or she could just close the group. I have never been a part of a group of women where there is such a sense of sisterhood and joy. I just couldn’t bear to see the group close, so I stepped up as organizer and on my way I went.
The book club naturally progressed to having causal outings, where we’ve attended movies, plays/musicals, gone shopping, painted, and even did ceramics together. It has been so much fun and it has been so exciting to see friendships develop between members. Now that the book club has grown, I realized I could not manage every area of the book club. So, I created a leadership team, consisting of book members who graciously volunteer their time and help the book club continue to be personal, engaging, and fun.
Because I have been leisure reading more than I had ever read before (since I became a SAHM), I thought having a blog was just a natural progression for me a book club organizer and reader. I wanted to write about books I had read, provide reviews, and interview authors so that readers could see the different sides to writing and learn more about the author.
I started my blog shortly after the new year, and was soon open to new and exciting adventures with books. Through my blog, I have met incredible authors, read books I otherwise would not have read (and enjoyed!), and had opportunities to review books before their published date. It has been an exciting journey…especially since I love to read!
With that, I have connected with various book sites for bloggers, where I can read books for free ( in exchange for a review) and have authors/publishers contact me directly requesting I read and review their book. Well, who can turn that down??? Obviously, not me!!! Being so excited to have these opportunities as a new blogger, I basically accepted every book to read and review (in the genres I prefer), found myself working against deadlines to publish reviews, and feeling pressured to blog regularly like other bloggers do. I hadn’t mastered what other bloggers have learned to do: set boundaries and learn that it okay to say, “no, not now”.
Because I have a very understanding husband, he listened to me one night as I complained about everything I had to with my blog and reading. Quietly he listened and then asked me the most basic question that I failed to ask myself, “why can’t you say no?”. In my eagerness to read every free book available to me, meet authors who have been so generous with their time, and meet review deadlines for publishers, I forgot how to say, “no.”. That simple word, two letters, a universal word that is understood by everyone….NO.
I realized that I have choices. I can say no to reading every book presented to me, I do not have to write a blog entry for the sake of writing something, and I do not have to publish my reviews on every site known to man.
I remember a graduate professor once asking our class, “who are you?”. And, today, I realize, I am a wife, mother, friend, and when I can, I love to read and write. In that order.