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Garlic and Sapphires; The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl

Good morning, I hope you all are enjoying your summer and readin’ some great books.  If you read the post last week, Comfort Me with Apples, we are going to continue the Ruth Reichl conversation with the second book we had for book club in July.  If you are just joining, welcome. I loved Garlic and Sapphires, what a fun book.  Ruth Reichl has been offered the position of food critic for the New York Times, and the story she tells of  her interview will start you laughing and you won’t stop throughout the entire book. Ruth doesn’t seem to

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Comfort Me with Apples by Ruth Reichl

I love food, cooking and writing, and Ruth Reichl is a woman after my own heart. Comfort Me with Apples is a book I sunk my teeth into and loved from beginning to end. The story begins in 1978 where Ruth is living in a commune in Berkeley, California, married and beginning life as a restaurant critic and food writer. Sounds like an interesting life.  Ruth begins to travel the world, eating her way through countries and writing about the experiences, her job sounds like the perfect job and a dream come true.  Life is full of adventure, but….

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The Ladybug Farm Series by Donna Ball

Hello everyone, how are you and whatcha been readin’ lately? Summer is here and it is time for some great, fun books. I recently got back from an amazing vacation and I was lucky to find some great reading time  while I was gone. The last chat we had was about “A Year on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball.  I fell in love with that book and couldn’t wait to read the rest of them.  Well, I did it, I have finished them all.  You must read them.

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A Year on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball

Wow, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I loved this book. Being part of a book club has me reading books and authors I don’t know about or haven’t heard of; but have loved and can’t put down.  A Year on Ladybug Farm is one of those books. You know the ones, they have you staying up late, reading into the wee hours of the morning with a hot cup of tea, maybe letting work slide because you would rather read and go into the life of the story.

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A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

A Fall of Marigolds is a historical fiction novel by Susan Meissner.  The story weaves between Taryn’s life in September 2011 and Clara’s life working as a nurse in the Ellis Island Hospital in 1911. These 2 women’s lives will touch each other without them ever meeting, living years apart. Each woman has loved, lost, suffered tragedy and are hiding in worlds where they each feel safe.  Clara never leaving the hospital and her dormitory on Ellis Island and Taryn, working in a fabric shop, living above it and raising her daughter alone. Clara happens upon a beautiful, colorful scarf

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Pegasus, A Novel by Danielle Steel

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Hope you all are enjoying some delicious Mexican food tonight and maybe a Margarita with a great book. What have you been reading lately, I would love to know. I always love an easy read for fun, a good story that takes me to another world even for a short time.  Danielle Steel books are my go to when I want to get lost in another world and Pegasus was next on the list.  When reading one of her books, I can always count on a few late nights with a cup of tea because I

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The Husband’s Secret: A Guide for Book Club by Kathryn Cope

This book is one of a series of Reading Room Book Group Guides.  The Husband’s Secret is a complex story with many layers and trying to find the right recipe for book club questions was a bit tricky.  I started scouring online for helps and tips.  I ran across this book by Kathryn Cope and immediately downloaded it to my Kindle to start planning.

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Fly Away by Kristin Hannah

Do you have a favorite author?  You know, the kind, the author that you know the books will always be a fun read and transport you somewhere else.  I love Danielle Steel, she is my guilty pleasure.  I know when I start one of her books, I will not put it down, will be up late at night and passing on chores until I have finished it. But I have recently found another author that I am loving her books, Kristin Hannah.  I don’t know where I have been that I haven’t discovered her books before, but I love her

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Travel Unscripted by Mark Murphy

Do you have a book sitting on your kindle or on your bookshelf that’s been hanging out for awhile waiting to be read?  You know the one; the one you tell yourself you will read next and then another fabulous book comes along and you skip right by it. I have several of them and I finally decided it was time to get one of them read and off my Kindle while I wait for the next book club book. Travel Unscripted by Mark Murphy is one of those books, at 322 pages, it was totally doable in a few

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The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck

The Pecan Man (pronounced Pee-can) is a beautifully written Southern Fiction novel.  But who is the Pecan Man?  Children are afraid of him, parents call their children inside when he is around.  This man is seen riding around town on a rickety, rusty old bike and a bag of pecans tied to the handlebars.  Eldred Mims is the Pecan Man, he is black, he is homeless, but is that all there is to this mystery man?

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