Our book club was small this month, but as always, the conversation was quality. November’s theme was “a book about a family.” It should be noted that the theme was not “a book about a GOOD family,” or “a book about a healthy, functional family…” because it wasn’t any of those things. The Glass Castle … Continue reading The Glass Castle
Blog guest written by Tyler Brown After taking a summer off to accommodate our members' busy schedules, Book Club came back strong! Our theme this month was "a thriller or suspenseful novel." Tyler chose this month's read, and he selected Crazy House by James Patterson. As the cover suggests, the book was compared to the … Continue reading Crazy House by James Patterson
Guest written by Emily ChessFor January, I was tasked with selecting a “Cold Book” for the month, and with lots of snow and extra chilly temperatures hitting West Virginia in January, The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey seemed like a perfect pick. Published in 2012, this 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist transported us from our cozy … Continue reading The Snow Child
November 2021 book club Guest written by Brittany Furbee For the November book club meeting, I was asked to select a book about an unconventional family. My selection was An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. This book, which was selected for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. and the winner of the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction, … Continue reading An American Marriage
What a train wreck… but where was the train going?
Guest written by Elise Soto Sci-fi July pick by Elise Soto For sci-fi July we read Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes which was Published in 1959. We all agreed that while this was technically Syfy it ended up being more of an existential read. It brought up a lot of emotions and thoughts about … Continue reading Flowers For Algernon
"The book really demonstrated how radio was a tool to spread knowledge, music, culture and love"
February’s theme was: A book with a love triangle. Mary Jo Strimer’s pick was The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn. She hadn't read the book before but knew it was a national bestseller. While many of us didn’t necessarily identify with the characters in the book, that doesn’t mean we didn’t laugh throughout! Especially when it … Continue reading The Arrangement
January's book club was well attended, we even welcomed a new member Sujal who added a lot to the conversation. Despite being spread out across the country, it's such a comfort knowing we are all experiencing a book together. Mary Hageman Oldham picked the book and we all agreed that it's our new favorite read! … Continue reading Where the Crawdads Sing
I mean, have these pearl clutchers even seen the movie “Thirteen?” Because that would give them a whole new thing to be in a tizzy over, and you can’t cancel everything, Karen.
“Hello America. I wish I could tell you that this was still America, but I’ve come to realize you can’t have a country without people. And there are no people here. No, my friends. This is now the United States of Zombieland. It’s amazing how quickly things can go from bad to total shit storm”
I immediately realized that this lady needed more than gratitude… she needed a hug. Not from me, though. Because…. You know, germs. But from someone.
In the words of Empty Bowls Mon Executive Director Zack: "Someone's bowl in this county is always empty, and on this one occasion you did something to help alleviate hunger and can choose to do so again in the future at any time..." so lets choose to do so!
I feel like the tragically uncool mom every time there’s a new phrase on the internet I haven’t heard before. And I make a point not to use it in conversation if I don’t know what it means or where it came from, and I’m sure glad I didn’t with “Stanning” or to say I “Stan” someone.
“People keep dying and it makes me worry that I’m going to die.” This is an actual conversation I had with someone recently.
C’mon Jaime! Her frontal lobe wasn’t formed! She didn’t have enough friends and was depressed! I don’t care.
Along the way she runs into former classmate Patton Oswalt who we are meant to pity because of his handicaps, but he winds up pitying Mavis for her alcoholism and overall pathetic lifestyle. Mavis was the popular girl in school who never really grew up but is determined to show everyone that she’s a successful writer. I mean, she gets manicures and pedicures on a regular basis, to me that means you’re an adult.
Am I identifying with Joe? Something to dissect with my therapist sometime.
“In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separately but equal important groups. The police who investigate crime, and the District Attorney who prosecute the offenders, these are their stories…” DUN DUN!
Guest written by Sujal Modi For the month of September, I selected the book Things We Lost to the Novel. Written by Eric Nguyen, the book was featured on the list of books recommended for a summer read by President Barack Obama (keeping in line with the theme of September, a book recommended by a celebrity). … Continue reading Things we lost to the water
April book club was great! The theme was: A book you were supposed to read in school, but didn’t. Maureen picked To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Emily Umble pointed out that this also falls into the category of banned books, and the group agreed what a shame that is. Despite the use of … Continue reading To Kill A Mockingbird