Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

11 Aug

watchmanHost: Kara

Meal: Pimento Cheese & Crackers, Cherry Wine Sangria, Alabama Pulled Pork Sandwiches with White Barbecue Sauce, Coleslaw, Lemon Chess Pie

Attending: Alli, Jerusha, Kara, Katie H., Rachel S., Sarah A., Sarah N.

Favorite Quotes:

“Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.”

“As you grew up, when you were grown, totally unknown to yourself, you confused your father with God. You never saw him as a man with a man’s heart, and a man’s failings—I’ll grant you it may have been hard to see, he makes so few mistakes, but he makes ’em like all of us.”

“She went to the kitchen and brought out a tray of cocktail napkins. As she passed them down the line, Jean Louise felt as if she were running down the keys of a gigantic harpsichord: ‘I never in all my life…saw that marvelous picture…with old Mr. Healy…lying on the mantelpiece in front of my eyes the whole time…is it? Just about eleven, I think…she’ll wind up gettin’ a divorce. After all, the way he…rubbed my back every hour the whole ninth month…would have killed you. If you could have seen him…piddling every five minutes during the night…’
Back up the scale with the sandwiches: ‘Mr. Talbert looked at me and said…he’d never learn to sit on the pot…of beans every Thursday night. That’s the one Yankee thing he picked up in the…War of the Roses? No, honey, I said Warren proposes…to the garbage collector…’ Alexandra walked behind her, muffling the keys with coffee until they subsided to a gentle hum.”

“Don’t push her. Let her go at her own speed. Push her and every mule in the county’d be easier to live with.”

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

14 Jul

mockingbirdHost: Rachel S.

Meal: Strawberry-Basil Moscow Mules, Bread Spreads, Crackling Bread, Seafood Dump, Lane Cake

Attending: Alli, Katie H., Welcome Katie N.!, Rachel S., Sarah A., Sarah N.

Favorite Quotes:

“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”

“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

“As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it—whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash”

“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”

“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

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A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

9 Jun

spool of blue threadHost: Kara

Meal: Fried Chicken, Corn Salad, Biscuits, Watermelon, Biscoff Icebox Cake & Cement-Frosted Cake

Attending: Alli, Jerusha, Kara, Katie H., Rachel S., Sarah A., Sarah N.

Favorite Quotes:

“The thing about caller ID is,” Red said, more or less to himself, “it seems a little like cheating. A person should be willing to take his chances, answering the phone.”

“Has Atta been telling you about her family? She has the most unusual family. Yes, Atta said, ‘my family was exceptional. Everybody envied us…We came from a distinguished line of scientists on both sides, and we had many intellectual discussions. Other people wished they could be members.'”

“Abby had a little trick that she used any time Red acted like a cranky old codger. She reminded herself of the day she had fallen in love with him.”

“She had always assumed that when she was old, she would have total confidence, finally. But look at her: still uncertain. In many ways she was more uncertain now than she had been as a girl.

“Didn’t anyone stop to reflect that the so-called old people of today used to smoke pot, for heaven’s sake, and wear bandannas tied around their heads and picket the White House? When Amanda chided her for saying that something was “cool” (“I hate it when the older generation tries to copy the younger,” she had said), did she not realize that “cool” had been used in Abby’s time, too, not to mention long before?”

“For years, she had been in mourning for the way she had let her life slip through her fingers. Given another chance, she’d told herself, she would take more care to experience it. But lately, she was finding that she had experienced it after all and just forgotten, and now it was returning to her.”

“The trouble with dying,” she’d told Jeannie once, “is that you don’t get to see how everything turns out. You won’t know the ending.”

“Even though he’d drunk nothing but water with his meal, he started to get that elated feeling that alcohol used to give him. It must have come from spilling all the words that he had kept stored up for so long.”

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A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

12 May

owen meanyHost: Sarah A.

Meal: Lemon Butter Shrimp, Risotto, Procuitto-Wrapped Asparagus, Brownies with Ice Cream

Attending: Daisy, Kara, Katie, Rachel S., Sarah A., Sarah N.

Favorite Quotes:

“When someone you love dies, and you’re not expecting it, you don’t lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time—the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone. Just when the day comes—when there’s a particular missing part that overwhelms you with the feeling that she’s gone, forever—there comes another day, and another specifically missing part.”

“The only way you get Americans to notice anything is to tax them or draft them or kill them.”

“Watch out for people who call themselves religious; make sure you know what they mean––make sure they know what they mean!”

“So my grandmother was not without humanity. and if she wore cocktail dresses when she labored in the garden, they were cocktail dresses she no longer intended to wear to cocktail parties. Even in her rose garden she did not want to appear underdressed. If the dresses got too dirty from gardening, she threw them out. When my mother suggested to her that she might have them cleaned, my grandmother said, “What? And have those people at the cleaners what I was doing in a dress to make it that dirty?”

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The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

14 Apr

casual vacancyHost: Alli (new house!)

Meal: Chicken Curry, Kale Salad, Homemade Naan, Rice Pudding

Attending: Alli, Jerusha, Jodi, Kara, Rachael P., Sarah A., Sarah N.

Favorite Quotes:

“Naturally Shirley had known, as they slid stock words and phrases back and forth between them like beads on an abacus, that Howard must be as brimful of ecstasy as she was; but to express these feelings out loud, when the news of death was still fresh in the air, would have been tantamount to dancing naked and shrieking obscenities, and Howard and Shirley were clothed, always, in an invisible layer of decorum that they never laid aside.”

“The mistake ninety-nine percent of humanity made, as far as Fats could see, was being ashamed of what they were; lying about it, trying to be somebody else.”

“Yes, well, principles are sometimes the problem, if you ask me,’ said Miles. ‘Often what’s needed is a bit of common sense.’
‘Which is the name people usually give to their prejudices,’ rejoined Kay.”

“How awful it was, thought Tessa, remembering Fats the toddler, the way tiny ghosts of your living children haunted your heart; they could never know, and would hate it if they did, how their growing was a constant bereavement.”

“Parminder kept her unwept tears locked tightly inside where they seemed to undergo an alchemical transformation, returning to the outer world as lava slides of rage.”

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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikrey: A Novel by Gabrielle Zevin

10 Mar

aj fikryHost: Rachel S.

Meal: Lasagna Rollups, Rolls, Salad, Cupcakes

Attending: Alli, Kara, Katie, Rachel S., Sarah N.

Favorite Quotes:

“You know everything you need to know about a person from the answer to the question, What is your favorite book?

“We are not quite novels.
We are not quite short stories.
In the end, we are collected works.”

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The Recipe Club: A Novel About Food and Friendship by Andrea Israel and Nancy Garfinkel

11 Feb

recipe clubHost: Rachael P. (hot tub night!)

Meal: (all recipes from the book) Kitty’s Roasted Chicken, Smashing Mashed Potatoes, Happy New Years Glug, Katherine’s Karrots, Wash Away The Blues Cobbler

Attending: Alli, Rachael P., Rachel S., Sarah A., Sarah N.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

14 Jan

jennafoxHost: Katie

Attending: Alli, Jerusha, Kara, Katie, Rachel S., Sarah A., Sarah N.

Meal: Pizza, Salad Bar, Rice Krispie Bars

Favorite Quotes:

“There is something about her eyes. Eyes don’t breathe. I know that much. But hers look breathless.”

“Pieces. Isn’t that what all of life is anyway? Shards. Bits. Moments. Am I less because I have fewer, or do the few I have mean more?”

“You’ve always been two people. The Jenna who wants to please and the Jenna who secretly resents it. They won’t break, you know. Your parents never thought you were perfect. You did.”

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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

10 Dec

old-man-and-the-seaHost: Sarah N.

Meal: Salmon, Cuban Salad, Red Beans & Rice, Peppermint Brownie Parfaits

Attending: Alli, Jerusha, Jodi, Kara, Rachael P., Rachel S., Sarah A., Sarah N.

Favorite Quotes:

“I may not be as stong as I think, but I know many tricks and I have resolution.”

“He always thought of the sea as ‘la mar’ which is what people call her in Spanish when they love her. Sometimes those who love her say bad things of her but they are always said as though she were a woman. Some of the younger fishermen, those who used buoys as floats for their lines and had motorboats, bought when the shark livers had brought much money, spoke of her as ‘el mar’ which is masculine.They spoke of her as a contestant or a place or even an enemy. But the old man always thought of her as feminine and as something that gave or withheld great favours, and if she did wild or wicked things it was because she could not help them. The moon affects her as it does a woman, he thought.”

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

12 Nov

bernadetteHost: Jodi

Meal: Pizza, Salad, Pumpkin Dump Cake

Attending: Jodi, Katie, Sarah A., Sarah N.

“My heart started racing, not the bad kind of heart racing, like I’m going to die. But the good kind of heart racing, like, Hello, can I help you with something? If not, please step aside because I’m about to kick the shit out of life.”

“This is why you must love life: one day you’re offering up your social security number to the Russian Mafia; two weeks later you’re using the word calve as a verb.”

“That’s right,’ she told the girls. ‘You are bored. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret about life. You think it’s boring now? Well, it only gets more boring. The sooner you learn it’s on you to make life interesting, the better off you’ll be.”

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