April 2019

The Wine and Words Book Club meeting for April, 2019, was held at Kay’s. Kay, Sandie, Linda, Jan and Ann attended. Kay served a green salad and prepared two wonderful pizza crusts. Members each brought a topping for the pizza. We ended up with a delicious variety of pizzas made with mushrooms, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, olives and artichoke hearts. Kay served a home-made blackberry-rhubarb pie and ice cream.

It was discussed for us to each choose a genre next year and recommend a book we read which fits into that classification. Types and lists of writing genres are described at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_writing_genres.

Lessons from Lucy , by Dave Barry, recommended by Linda.

Kay talked about asking for paper containers to cut down on plastic in landfill.

Jan recommended Cold Mountain , by Charles Fraser, written in 1997 which was made into a movie. His most recent book, Varina, just became available in paperback in April, 2019. Here is a review of Varina:

An Amazon Best Book of April 2018: The author of Cold Mountain returns to the American Civil War and imagines the life of Varina Howell, who married a Mississippi landowner with dreams of living a quiet, comfortable life. Fate had other plans, however, as her husband would later become the president of the Confederacy. Unlike Jefferson Davis, Howell had mixed feelings about the war and slavery, a struggle Frazier uses to explore the roots of racism. The novel is at once profound and propulsive, especially as it describes her flight from Richmond, children in tow, Union soldiers on their heels…But no sooner do you sympathize with Howell does she betray her own deep-seated prejudices, ones she will eventually question and try to atone for (to a certain degree). Varina is a fascinating portrait of a complicated woman–one that holds a mirror up to our own time and asks: Do you like what you see? –Erin Kodicek, Amazon Book Review

Our book for May is Becoming, by Michelle Obama, and the meeting will be held at Cindy’s.