Friday, April 19, 2013

Making Plans... for August - December 2013

Coming up:

  • May - Forgotten Favorites...  (hostess: Amanda)
              -  Outsiders by SE Hinton
              - Thursday, May 9nd (one week later than usual!) 
    • June - Short and Sweet.... (hostess: Danielle)
                           - Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam
                           - Thursday, June 6th
      • July - Reader's Choice...  (hostess: Tessa )
                          - The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
                          - we will try to arrange to have the author skype in for this again!  :-)
                          - this may change depending on if we are able to arrange a date with Cathy for the first Thursday evening.  May fall anywhere from June-Sept, depending in what works with her.

      It's time to choose new books again!
      Books to be decided at the May meeting:
      • August - Travels to Remember or Library Kit (hostess: Sarah)
      - nothing really on the travels hit list still... we can do a library kit as we still have lots of options 
      - see HPL book club kits on the side bar for options
      - Library Kit suggestions:

      1. The Birth House by Ami MacKay
      2. Stories from the Vinyl Cafe by Stuart McLean
      3. Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
      4. any other suggestions?
      • September - Reading the Classics (hostess: Karen)
      - books still on our "hit list" include: 
      1.  The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
      2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
      3. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
      4. The Invisible Man by HG Wells
      5. Les Miserable by Victor Hugo
      6. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
      7. any other classic you've always thought you should read but never got around to yet....

      • October - Mystery Night (hostess: Melissa)
      - books still on our hit list include:
      1. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett... a classic
      2. good old Agatha Christie
      3. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
      4. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
      5. any other suggestions?

      • November - Muckraking Madness (hostess: Chandra)
      - books still on our "hit list" include:
      1. The Bitter Cry of Children by John Spargo  ( published in 1906 concerning the horrors of child labour)
      2. Welcome to Shirley by Kelly McMasters (a memoir about growing up in a town polluted by nuclear waste and chemical spills)
      3.  The Body Project by Joan Jacobs Brumberg (a historical review of girl's changing relationships with their body throughout the last century)
      4.  other suggestions?

      • December - Get Cooking (hostess: Stephanie)
       - any suggestions?  We looking for good food with a bit of a "story" to it :-)

      1. A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
      2. Diners, Drive-Ins, And Dives: The Funky Finds In Flavortown: America's Classic Joints and Killer Comfort Food by Guy Fieri
      3. or the canadian version:  You Gotta Eat Here  by John Catucci and Michael Vlessides

      Please pop into the comments and add any suggestions that you may have.  I'll add those to the list so that everyone can check them out and think about them before the May meeting so that we can choose books at that meeting.

      If you are unable to make the May meeting, please add a comment with your preferences here so we can take them into account.  Thanks!


      1. Some suggestions:

        August: The Birth House or Stories from the Vinyl Cafe (both HPL book club kits)
        September: Moby Dick by Herman Melville

        Just some ideas... I don't really have any for the other months yet, but will add them if I come across some!

      2. Ohh, one more suggestion for December: A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg

      3. I would love to do the cook book "Diners, Drive-Ins, And Dives: The Funky Finds In Flavortown: America's Classic Joints and Killer Comfort Food by Guy Fieri". Shawn and I love his show and I believe this cookbook has some funny stories through it plus a map of all the cool little restaurants he had been to in the states!
        For October I really enjoy reading Alan Bradley.
        Also I love Stuart Mclean may be a nice easy, fun read for the summer.
        I will keep thinking of others:)

        1. Any cookbook from Guy would be fine:)

      4. There is also a cookbook called You Gotta Eat Here by
        John Catucci this is the Canadian version of Diners Drive-Ins and Dives. Might be cool to see what places in Canada are around. I know a couple of restaurants from around Caledonia have made it on to this show:)

        1. Or there is an Eat streets about Food trucks which are a becoming a huge industry right now. There is other food truck cookbooks too. Sorry I guess I really love food:)


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