Mark your calendars and get ready for the 4th Annual Christmas Brunch!
Please bring an anonymously wrapped book that our Book Club has not yet read for our "book" version of "Yankee Swap." Our complete list of past-read books is available. Food assignments will be listed closer to the date.
For December, we will be reading the short, interesting, and disturbing book, Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick. Perhaps we will figure it all out together.
"Seven stories of passion and love separated by centuries but mysteriously intertwined―this is a tale of horror and beauty, tenderness and sacrifice. An archaeologist who unearths a mysterious artifact, an airman who finds himself far from home, a painter, a ghost, a vampire, and a Viking: the seven stories in this compelling novel all take place on the remote Scandinavian island of Blessed where a curiously powerful plant that resembles a dragon grows. What binds these stories together? What secrets lurk beneath the surface of this idyllic countryside? And what might be powerful enough to break the cycle of midwinterblood? From award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick comes a book about passion and preservation and ultimately an exploration of the bounds of love"
In April, we will be discussing The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom.
"In this gripping New York Times bestseller, Kathleen Grissom brings to life a thriving plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War, where a dark secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate.
Orphaned during her passage from Ireland, young, white Lavinia arrives on the steps of the kitchen house and is placed, as an indentured servant, under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate slave daughter. Lavinia learns to cook, clean, and serve food, while guided by the quiet strength and love of her new family.
In time, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, caring for the master’s opium-addicted wife and befriending his dangerous yet protective son. She attempts to straddle the worlds of the kitchen and big house, but her skin color will forever set her apart from Belle and the other slaves.
Through the unique eyes of Lavinia and Belle, Grissom’s debut novel unfolds in a heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story of class, race, dignity, deep-buried secrets, and familial bonds."
Cecelia Fitzpatrick leads a seemingly perfect life. That is, until she finds a letter from her husband to be opened after his death. She opens it anyway, and finds that her husband has been hiding secrets. Her life is about to change. . .