The Morsels met at Nancy S's for a lovely potluck of home made chicken pot pie, salad, cheese board, and a pumpkin cheesecake. (See recipes page). We also welcomed a guest - Laura's mom all the way from Florida! On book selection night, we all bring books, or descriptions of books that we would like the group to discuss in the upcoming year. Well, this year we decided to keep all of the titles (unless they were not available through our library) because they all sounded so good. Enjoy!
2/19 News of the World by Paulette Jiles at Laura's
3/19 My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry at Ginny's
4/23 Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult at Nancy S
5/21 Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice by Bill Browder
6/18 Feast of Sorrows by Crystal King at Mary's
7/16 Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford at Nancy D
8/20 Born A Crime by Trevor Noah at Sandy's
10/ 22 The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See at Julie's
11/19 Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk by Kathleen Rooney at Anne's
December Holiday Dinner TBD
1-16 The Martian by AndyWeir at Laura's
2-16 Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein at Ginny's
3-16 Winter Getaway Up North
4-16 Women's City Club dinner and book talk
5-16 Brain Fog Fix by Mike Dow at Julie's
6-16 Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng at Nancy D's
7-16 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes at Mary's
8-16 A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner at Nancy M's
9-16 Rules of Civility by Amor Towles at Sandy's
10-16 My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me by Jennifer Teege at Nancy S's
11-16 Poisoning the Pecks by Tobin Buhk at Anne H's
12 -16 Christmas Book Exchange
January 19, 2015 - The Signature of All things by Elizabeth Gilbert at Nancy S.
February 16 - The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne at Ginny's
March 16 - The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman at Laura's
April 20 - Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt at The Women's City Club (hosted by Nancy D).
May 18 - The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown at Sandy's
June - The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor at Anne S's Cottage
July - This Golden Land by Barbara Wood at Mary's
Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan @ Laura’s Tuesday 11/19/13
Bring unwrapped children’s books.
December 2013– Merry Christmas
Dinner at Bombay Cuisine
Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin @ Julie’s
Wild by Cheryl Strayed @ Nancy M’s
Heft by Liz Moore @ Ginny’s
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline @ Anne S’s
Peony in Love by Lisa See @ Nancy D’s
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt @ Nancy S’s
January 17 – The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford at Ginny's
February 21 – The Mighty Queens of Freeville at Anne S’s
March 28 - Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran at Laura's
April 18 – Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly at Nancy D's
May 16 –Burn Down the Ground by Kambri Crews at Julie's. Nancy M. brings ingredient list for next meeting.
June 20 - Plant-based cooking at Nancy M's. Morsels will supply the plants.
Ginny will supply "Forks Over Knives" DVD. Note early start time.
July 18 – East of the Sun by Julia Gregson at Mary's
August 15 – Everglades by Randy Wayne White at Sandy's.
September 19 – The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier at Nancy S's
October 17 – Anne H hosts - no title selection as yet
February 16 – Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin at Anne S’s
March 15 – The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson at Laura’s
April 19 – The Sisters by Nancy Jenson at Julie’s
May 17 – Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexander Fuller at Nancy D.’s
June 21 – Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok at Nancy S.’s
July 19 – Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland at Mary’s
August 16 – The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer at Ginny’s
September 20 – The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh at Sandy’s
October 18 – A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness at Julie’s
November 15 – The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff at Anne Hill’s
Bring unwrapped children’s books.
December – Holiday Gala – Bring a surprise book to share. Dinner at Amore Trattoria.
January 2013 – The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford at Ginny's..
The Morsels met at Laura's house to discuss Claude and Camille, the story of Claude Monet as a young and struggling artist, and the love of his life Camille. Laura treated us to a DVD slideshow of her trip to Monet's Garden in Giverny, France - which was set to DeBussy's "Clair de Lune". Our feast included mini quiche, croque monsieur, crepes, chouquettes, goat cheese and tapenade, Kir Royale (served in flutes as tall as the champagne bottle!) and the piece de resistance, a Couer a la Creme (a heart shaped mold of creamy goodness, topped with fresh raspberries and a raspberry coulis)..
We had several coffee table type books with the works of Monet, and a to-scale pop-up book of the garden itself, Camille comes from a well-to-do family, yet gives up her lifestyle for the passionate artist. They live in poverty, often having to leave their home in the middle of the night, in order to avoid being evicted and losing everything. The story begins with Claude as an old man, who has just discovered a 40 year old letter from Camille's sister who holds him responsible for Camille's death. As we are led through the streets of Paris, and the countryside of France as we follow the lives of the the young Claude and his artist friends, which include Manet, Cezanne, Picasso and Bezille. The group was imporessed with how the group applauded each other's successes, and helped to motivate the other's. We learned about Imporessionism, and how it came to be. But most of all, we all enjoyed looking up the works of art that were unfamiliar to us.
January 20 – The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart at Nancy S.’s
February 17 – Juliet by Anne Fortier at Nancy McQuate’s
March 17 – My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveiera at Ginny’s
April 21 – The Little Book by Selden Edward at Anne Starke’s
May 19 – Little Bee by Chris Cleave at Julie’s
June 21 – The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield at ???
July 21 – Mudbound by Hilary Jordan at ???
August 18 – The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean at Nancy S.’s
September 15 – Claude and Camille by Stephanie Cowell at Laura’s
October 20 – Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman at Nancy D.’s
November 17 – Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah at Anne Hill’s
Bring unwrapped children’s books for a local charity.
Choose new books for the rest of 2012?
December TBD – Holiday Gala – at ???
Bring festively wrapped book for annual raucous exchange.
January 19, 2012 – Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese at ???
I think we were all a little surprised when Nancy S arrived late...and .in complete Austrian attire! Would you believe she still fits into her authentic Austrian drindl from the 70s?? Nancy studied for a semester in Vienna when she was in college. She experienced the Ringstrasse and the beauty of Vienna on a daily basis. Lucky Girl!!!
Nancy M shared a photo slideshow that she made on her Mac, and put to music. She went to Vienna last fall, and captured the most amazing pictures.
We were also totally surprised by the response to the book itself. While we didn't seem to agree on whether it was a "good" book or not, we all agreed that it was great for discussion. It was certainly a wild ride of a book.
OK - the website is still a work in progress. The plan is simply this. I will keep the booklist up to date, scan in all of the pages from 2 (yes 2!) + notebooks filled with our memories and link the scanned pages to the proper book, so that anyone can click on the title of a book to see what the Morsels thought. We've been recording our meetings for over 20 years, so there is a LOT of scanning ahead of me! Once I catch up with all of the books, I hope to add recipes and extras we've tucked into the notebooks (such as the crossword). And then - the toughest challenge. To add our bazillion pictures - all carefully labeled of course. Eventually the notebooks will then be retired, and we can post our reviews right to the website!
So please add your comments, and watch our website grow!