Lilac Girls By Martha Hall Kelly

Please join us in reading Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly for our monthly suggested read.

We will be reviewing Lilac Girls along with our monthly book club discussions questions for May 31st, 2017.

Summary of Lilac Girls

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate but on the eve of a fateful war, her world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France. Continue reading “Lilac Girls By Martha Hall Kelly”

Sweetbitter Book Review

Sweetbitter: Book Review by Arlene.

3.5 stars out of 5 for Sweetbitter


The broken wine glass on the book jacket cover is the perfect silent opening line of my review.

If you are a lover of good food and wine you might be drawn to read this debut novel by Stephanie Danler.

If you choose to read this book after viewing our intro comments, keep in mind the story line is entirely based through the eyes of Tess, the 22 year old young woman searching for answers to her own life when she leaves her mid west town alone for the mystique and inviting intrigue of New York City in downtown Manhattan. Continue reading “Sweetbitter Book Review”

Sweetbitter Book Club Discussion Questions


“You will develop a palate. A palate is a spot on your tongue where you remember. Where you assign words to the textures of taste. Eating becomes a discipline, language-obsessed. You will never simply eat food again.”

These are the words that introduce us to Tess, the twenty-two year old narrator of Sweetbitter.

Shot from a mundane, provincial past, Tess comes to New York in the stifling summer of 2006. Alone, knowing no one, living in a rented room in Williamsburg, she manages to land a job as a “backwaiter” at a celebrated downtown Manhattan restaurant. Continue reading “Sweetbitter Book Club Discussion Questions”

The Fifth Season Book Review

The Fifth Season: Book Review By Dinh.

4.5 stars



A season of endings has begun.

It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, from which enough ash spews to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.

It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. Continue reading “The Fifth Season Book Review”

Gluten Actually Unbinds Us?

We can all rest now, a very popular cereal has finally made it possible for us to eat together because as you know, this was a problem before their ingenuity kicked in.

I admit, I like to read stuff while I eat and okay, do other stuff. Newspapers and magazines (and now online media) is great but I also enjoy reading the boxes that products come in. i.e., food, soap, toothpaste whatever. This is where the real marketing gems can be found and how these products are not just effective, but actually are changing the world, one family at a time. Continue reading “Gluten Actually Unbinds Us?”

Political Correctness: Respect Or Overkill?

Hello! We’ve started a new category call The Back Room where you can come chat and have a laugh. Leave your political correctness at the door and have a laugh with us!

Political Correctness: Respect Or Overkill?

In business there many occasions where training and other materials are written and presented. In the past, when referring to someone in a certain role, they would be referred to as “him” or “he”. When the attorney reviews a file, “he” must be cognizant of… If the police officer encounters a dangerous situation, “he” should call for back-up… etc. Continue reading “Political Correctness: Respect Or Overkill?”

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

Please join us in reading Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler for our suggested book club monthly reading.

We will be reviewing Sweetbitter along with our monthly book club discussions questions for April 30, 2017.

Sweetbitter is about a coming-of-age story about a 22 year old Tess who gets a job working at a renowned restaurant in New York City. Continue reading “Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler”

A Gentleman In Moscow Book Review

A Gentleman In Moscow: Book Review by Dinh.

5 out of 5 stars for A Gentleman in Mosow


When in 1922, the thirty year old Count is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, he is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. An indomitable man of erudition and wit, Rostov must now live in the attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Continue reading “A Gentleman In Moscow Book Review”

A Gentleman In Moscow Book Club Discussion Questions

Please put your comments for A Gentleman in Moscow book club discussion questions in the comments area below.

Discussion Questions:

1.Having read A Gentleman in Moscow, who would you recommend it to?

2. Did you like the premise of the book? Was it believable that an aristocrat was under house arrest for more than 30 years?

3. Why do you think that the author made the protagonist an aristocrat? How does the title of the book tie into that? Continue reading “A Gentleman In Moscow Book Club Discussion Questions”

The Nest Book Review

The Nest: Book Review by Dinh.

4 stars for The Nest


Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Continue reading “The Nest Book Review”