I totally had this exact same kind of button with the yellow sticker stars, and would get all excited to get my personal pan pizza when I'd reached my book quota ;) This is not that kind of book club though- although, there is a Mellow Mushroom close to FABO where we held our first meeting, if we were so inclined to involve pizza at some point!
Caitlin had suggested bringing some ideas of books we could read, and I had actually sought out a list from my mother-in-law who is in a book club, but forgot to bring it. On the drive over I was talking to my mom on the phone, who is also in a book club, and she told me about the book they are currently reading, which is called A Friend Of The Family, by Lauren Grodstein. She said it was the best book she's read with her club and recommended it. After a few other options were thrown out to the group by other members, I brought up my mom's recommendation, and we read the synopsis of the book:
As the book opens, Peter Dizinoff, a successful New Jersey doctor, is struggling to adjust to the aftermath of his actions as the foundation of his personal and professional life crack beneath his feet. At the center of his troubles is his beloved son Alec, who deflates his father's high expectations when he drops out of college after just three semesters and moves into the apartment above their garage. And when his son begins seeing Laura, the troubled daughter of Peter's best friend who is ten years older than Alec and lives in the tainted shadow of being acquitted for an unspeakable crime when she was 17, Alec's ambivalence to his father's hopes in living a good life turn into a simmering rage. Dizinoff, a man with a clear definition of right and wrong, flips back and forth in time as he narrates the history of events that build their way to a layered, emotionally wrenching climax. --Brad Thomas Parsons
Everyone seemed really intrigued by this book. We went over a bunch of choices...
And settled on my mom's book as the choice! Hope it's good!
Our meeting was at 6pm last night, which left me rather confused about how to handle dinner. It was Kate's birthday, so we had cupcakes! Hey, dessert before dinner works for me...
I arrived back home to my husband and pup eagerly awaiting my return. That's the best :)
Greg and I had dinner plans tonight, so we opted for an early Cinco De Mayo celebration last night. Sidenote- my brother Mark calls May 4th- Quatro de Marko, because it's his birthday :)
I made some veggie tacos from leftover grilled vegetables and quinoa combined with black beans, more onion, fire roasted tomatoes, and a packet of taco seasoning I had in the pantry. Topped with a little shredded cheddar, cilantro, plain yogurt, and lettuce.
Greg made us margaritas too.
Well I'm excited for the book club. None of entirely know what we're doing, so if any of you guys have any thoughts, book ideas, suggestions, etc... Let me know!