Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Season to Be Merry!

The snow began falling in early afternoon, but it did not deter our little group from getting together to discuss A Redbird Christmas, by Fannie Flagg. As Diane put it: "Cora was so detail oriented that she had mother nature coordinate the weather to enhance the story; it looked like a snow globe outside".

Through the cold and snow, some of us arrived by carpool, (thanks JoAnn!), and were greeted by Cora as she so graciously shoveled a path for us to her door. We shared books, treats, and stories, for an evening of holiday cheer.

Oh! And we did share our thoughts about the book of the month. All of us enjoyed the book. We delighted in the characters and we were pleased by the story. We found the book to be heartwarming, and a perfect lead-in to the holiday season.

Many of our members have read other books by Fannie Flagg, the most well-known of which is Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. She has a pleasing writing style that mixes humor with sensitivity, and more than one member of our group commented on how real the people in the books seemed to be.

More information on Fannie Flagg is available on her web site.

p.s. Don't miss the link to Fannie's recipe page. It includes some wonderful southern hometown favorites.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Holiday Meeting News

For the month of December, we have chosen to read A Redbird Christmas, by Fannie Flagg. This book was chosen for its holiday theme, which we will honor this month by adapting our regular meeting schedule in the following ways:
  • Cora has graciously offered her home as a meeting place. She has suggested we could scoot up our starting time to 6:30 p.m. to allow time for sampling treats.

  • Our meeting will be held on December 16th, one week earlier than our regular schedule.

  • Members are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert. After all, it is the season for good things to eat.

  • And members are asked to bring in books for a book exchange. We will share our already read books among each other, and mail a selection of books to our troops. Kelly says they all love and need books, and she has addresses for our soldiers in Afghanistan and Walter Reed Hospital.

So, we are looking forward to this exciting time!