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The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

  The Paris Wife By Paula McLain   Set in post WWI, readers are vividly transported to the smoky, sexy, boisterous and boozy Paris of the 1920’s; an alluring place for the poignant—though ultimately heartbreaking—love between Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson.   McLain’s impeccable research draws heavily from...

Age of Hope

The LOL  just wrapped up another great Canadian novel: The Age of Hope. Named a top 10 contender for Canada Reads 2013, interestingly the book about a housewife born in 1930 & living in small town Manitoba was defended by the big city Toronto-based (and...

Insecurity, even in Successful Women

Say what you will about Sandberg's Lean In, you can't fault her honesty. She doesn't pull any punches about her first failed marriage, her negative experiences at Harvard, and her own insecurities in pursuing her future work. She claims at the root of the barriers that...

Disputing some of Sheryl Sandberg’s Cultural Claims

While I've been inspired by Sandberg's message and appreciative of her honesty, here's a small rant refuting a few of her cultural claims. She talks about the differences between raising boys and girls, citing that parents talk to girls more than boys, overestimate the crawling ability...

My Generation; My Daughter’s Generation

Something that struck me continuing on in Sandberg's book (the chapter on the leadership gap) is when she mentions a favourite quote, "What would you do if you weren't afraid?"  It's a question we should all pose, no matter what our roles. She points out that...

Weighing in on Leaning In

I love that our book club mixes it up between fiction and nonfiction. But I have to say when Gail chose Lean In, the hugely popular bestseller by Facebook CEO, Sheryl Sandberg, I had my doubts. I have seen her Tedtalk. I understand her message....

Best Laid Plans: Winner of 2011 Canada Reads…Now a TV Show

I might find the novel, The Best Laid Plans, a little tedious at times, but apparently the powers that be at CBC find it fabulous. They've created a television series based upon the book. This from a CBC press release:   Based on author Terry Fallis' award-winning...

Beginning of Best Laid Plans

Photo Source: backofthebook.ca I love supporting Canadian authors and it doesn't get more Canuck than Terry Fallis. From the content of his first book, The Best Laid Plans, to the story of how he published it, this author is a down home, hard working, hilariously self-effacing...

22 Oct
Pear & Cambozola Pizza (Only with Apples & Figs)

LOL'er, Laurie, hosted our last meeting to discuss the Housemaid's Daughter. She served up this outstanding pizza, substituting apples for the pears & adding thinly sliced figs. It was SO delicious. Courtesy of the Best of Bridge, Best of the Best book, this is...

Housemaid’s Daughter Wrap-up

The days--no, the months--seem to fly by and blogging about books only confirms the feeling. I can scarcely keep up with our current book before we're onto the next. Here then, some thoughts on the lovely Laurie's selection, The Housemaid's Daughter, followed by a phenomenal...