October 2021

The October meeting of Wine and Words Book Club was a Zoom meeting and Sandie, Linda, Karen, Jan and Cindy joined the meeting.

Sandie mentioned a possibility for the November 30 holiday gathering to be held at Skylark’s in Fairhaven in the balcony. Cindy offered to call and see if we can reserve a table for 8.

We discussed the book for the month, The Seed Keeper, by Diane Wilson. Sandie and Cindy listened to it on Audible and those who read the book enjoyed it. There were a few comments about the likelihood of the cabin and some of the contents remaining in good condition for over 20 years, and the seeds actually being viable after so many years, etc. The story is enjoyable and different from what we have read in the past.

Linda is reading The Lincoln Highway, by Amor Towle (who wrote A Gentleman in Moscow) and she said it’s one of those books you don’t want to finish, it’s so good. It is currently only available in hard cover, so we plan to read it later in the year after members have had a chance to pass around the book. It is currently available at Costco and is also on Audible.

Cindy recommended two books…

Lillain Boxfish Takes a Walk, by Kathleen Rooney is based on the life of Margaret Fishback, the highest paid advertising copywriter for R H Macy’s during the 1930s. In this book, Lillian Boxfish, at the age of 84, decides to walk to a New Year’s Party in New York and along the way, Lillian recalls the story of her life.

The Choice, by Edith Eger is the most profound book Cindy has ever read. The story “…details [Eger’s] time at Auschwitz, her escape, and how she became a groundbreaking clinical therapist who has paved the road for treatment of trauma survivors battling Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).” ― Kveller.com This is our book for December/January.

Karen recommended the following books:

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is about an autistic woman and her journey through friendship and romance and how she overcomes her tragic past.

A Blissful Feast, by Teresa Lust interweaves portraits of the people who served as her culinary guides with cultural and natural history in this charming exploration of authentic Italian cuisine. This is our book for November.

The Personal Librarian, by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray is the remarkable story of J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white.

Jan recommended:

Rachel Maddow biography, by Lisa Rogak.

A Confederacy of Dumptys, Portraits of American Scoundrels in Verse, by John Lithgow.

The next meeting is scheduled for November 30th at 5:30 PM, at B-Town in the Four Points Sheridan. The book for November is A Blissful Feast, by Teresa Lust.