Cookbook Club - March 5th

We had 5 people attend our first cookbook club meeting on January 30th. We read The Mediterranean Dish by Suzy Karadsheh. Everyone brought a different dish so we had a nice variety to taste. Recipes included Very Green Tabbouleh in Lettuce Boats, Savory Roasted Chickpeas, Greek-style Baked Butter Beans, Fasolia with Rice, and Baklava Pumpkin Pie. The pie recipe was from the author's website https://www.themediterraneandish.com/ 

We discussed how useful we found the cookbook, how the design contributed to successful recipes, and why each recipe was chosen. The group seems to like simple easy-to-find ingredients. They would like to continue meeting every other month. Suggestions for future cookbooks included: Skinnytaste, Pioneer Woman, and an anti-inflammatory diet.

Our next cookbook club will be featuring One by Jamie Oliver. Books can be picked up from the front desk and we plan to meet on March 5th at 6pm. Please bring a dish from the book to share and suggestions for future titles!



House of Lincoln - February 26

At our January 29th meeting, we discussed the Air Raid Book Club by Annie Lyons. This was a book everyone who attended felt they could recommend to almost anyone. We had tea and "biscuits" for refreshments.


Our next book club meeting will be Monday, February 26th at 3pm. We are reading House of Lincoln by Nancy Horan. Copies of the book are available for pickup at the front desk and discussion sheets are also available online.

Summary: "A sweeping historical novel, which tells the story of Abraham Lincoln's ascendance from rumpled lawyer to U.S. president to the Great Emancipator through the eyes of a young asylum-seeker who arrives in Lincoln's home of Springfield from Madeira, Portugal. Showing intelligence beyond society's expectations, fourteen-year-old Ana Ferreira lands a job in the Lincoln household assisting Mary Lincoln with their boys and with the hostess duties borne by the wife of a rising political star. Ana bears witness to the evolution of Lincoln's views on equality and the Union and observes in full complexity the psyche and pain of his bold, polarizing wife, Mary. Along with her African American friend Cal, Ana encounters the presence of the Underground Railroad in town and experiences personally how slavery is tearing apart her adopted country. Culminating in an eyewitness account of the little-known Springfield race riot of 1908, The House of Lincoln takes readers on a journey through the historic changes that reshaped America and that continue to reverberate today"

Cookbook Club - January 30th 6pm

We have a new book group with 2 meetings set for 2024--the cookbook club! Our first book is the Mediterranean Dish by Suzy Karadsheh. Copies of the book are available at the front desk. 

To join:
  1. Pick up the book and try some of its recipes. Cookbooks will be available at least a month before each meeting
  2. Bring the book and an item made from a recipe in the cookbook to the book club meeting
  3. We’ll talk about the cookbook, which recipes you made, why you chose them, and how it all went

If you love to cook or eat, this is a great way to check out new recipes--please join us!


Best of 2023

Looking for some of the best books of 2023? 

Our book club's favorite fiction title for 2023 was The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin.

Here's a collection of some of the lists available:

New York Times selects the 10 best books of 2023 https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/28/books/review/best-books-2023.html

Shelf Awareness releases its best adult books of 2023

Amazon’s best for 2023 https://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html?rw_useCurrentProtocol=1&node=17276804011&ref_=amb_link_ojtSVy9qS5SJ5N1KElWmyg_14

Amazon’s best children’s books for 2023 https://www.amazon.com/b/ref=s9_bw_cg_BOTY2023_1a1_w?node=17296227011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-9&pf_rd_r=4PMGKM3YDDR9ANCYN8J4&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=13b5416e-a5ad-42bc-a393-0b84b8be7566&pf_rd_i=17276804011

Chicago Public Library’s favorites: https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/list/share/199702383_chipublib_adults/2421751199_our_favorite_books_of_2023_top_10?_gl=1*190wf31*_ga*NDg2NjIwNDUwLjE2MjYxMDk4NjM.*_ga_92RPWHE421*MTcwMjU2NTAwNi4xNTUuMS4xNzAyNTY2NzU2LjAuMC4w*_ga_G99DMMNG39*MTcwMjU2NTAwNi40OTAuMS4xNzAyNTY2NzU2LjAuMC4w

National Public Radio's best for 2023: https://apps.npr.org/best-books/#view=covers&year=2023

The Atlantic releases “The Atlantic 10: the books that made us think the most this year.”

Slate’s book staff Laura Miller picks her 10 best books of the year and Dan Kois selects his top 10 of 2023.

Vogue shares “The Best—And Most Anticipated—Books of 2023 (So Far).”

LA Times names “The 13 best novels (and 2 best short story collections) of 2023.”

The New Yorker reflects on the year of reading.

The Millions releases its A Year in Reading 2023 series

LitHub staff selects the 38 best books of the year. LitHub also has a List of Lists https://lithub.com/the-ultimate-best-books-of-2023-list/

Library Journal’s Best Books of 2023 https://www.libraryjournal.com/page/best-books-2023?utm_campaign=LJ%20Reviews&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=285170901&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--AGfrBBVd9jWZeMpmYF2EItyv6Fin9y8Hi2AP8gFw4RetnYqDOIzmf36JeicqsQ5JfeA-j8UibE4i90W59mZ2HTZSc6Q&utm_content=285170901&utm_source=hs_email

Publisher's Weekly Best book lists for Children and Teens: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/93995-a-roundup-of-2023-s-best-book-lists-for-children-and-teens.html

Books for 2024


I seem to have gotten behind on my posts! For October, the group read Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng, and in November, we read Remember by Lisa Genova. We have picked our titles for 2024 and have come up with this schedule:

“Talk About a Good Book” Book Club Discussion Group

Usually meets last Monday of the month at 3 pm

 2024 (Our 21st year)

January 29

The Air Raid Book Club

Annie Lyons

February 26

House of Lincoln

Nancy Horan

March 25

This is Your Mind on Plants

Michael Pollan

April 29

This Tender Land

 William Kent Krueger

May 20

Vanderbilt

Anderson Cooper

June 24

Mad Honey

Jodi Picoult

July 29

Killers of A Certain Age

Deanna Raybourn

August 26

Tom Lake

Ann Patchett

September 30

Remarkably Bright Creatures

Shelby Van Pelt

October 28

Wager

David Grann

November 25

Firekeeper’s Daughter

Angeline Boulley

December 9th @ 3pm —Coffee Chat about your 2024 favorites & get our new list for 2025

Resources and blog available online at: http://talkaboutagoodbook.blogspot.com/

Our January book, The Air Raid Book Club will be available for pickup after the Christmas holiday and the discussion sheets are also available. In addition, we are going to have a few cookbook book club meetings in 2024--watch for more details!

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