Ready for another great set of reads? Here is the announcement of the next four selections of our book club. Drum roll, please!
From the publisher:
An unlikely friendship between two stubborn, lonely souls anchors this big-hearted book and dares us all to ask for more.
When her life falls apart on the eve of her 40th birthday, Kate Parker finds herself volunteering at the Lauderdale House for Exceptional Ladies. There she meets 97-year-old Cecily Finn. Cecily's tongue is as sharp as her mind, but she's fed up with pretty much everything.
Having no patience for Kate's choices in life or love, Cecily prescribes her a self-help book...of sorts. Thought for Food: an unintentionally funny 1950s cookbook high on enthusiasm, featuring menus for anything life can throw at the "easily dismayed," such as:
- Breakfast with a Hangover
- Tea for a Crotchety Aunt
- Dinner for a Charming Stranger
As she and Cecily break out of their ruts, Kate will learn far more than recipes.
It has some good reviews, so I am hoping we find it enjoyable and it provides some fun inspiration in the kitchen!
Deb, Kahakai Kitchen
From the publishers
Two years into World War II, Britain is feeling her losses: The Nazis have won battles, the Blitz has destroyed cities, and U-boats have cut off the supply of food. In an effort to help housewives with food rationing, a BBC radio program called The Kitchen Front is holding a cooking contest—and the grand prize is a job as the program’s first-ever female co-host. For four very different women, winning the competition would present a crucial chance to change their lives.
For a young widow, it’s a chance to pay off her husband’s debts and keep a roof over her children’s heads. For a kitchen maid, it’s a chance to leave servitude and find freedom. For a lady of the manor, it’s a chance to escape her wealthy husband’s increasingly hostile behavior. And for a trained chef, it’s a chance to challenge the men at the top of her profession.
These four women are giving the competition their all—even if that sometimes means bending the rules. But with so much at stake, will the contest that aims to bring the community together only serve to break it apart?
This novel is an inspiring winner for sure. I just finished it and believe you all will enjoy it as well.
Claudia, Honey From Rock
Elizabeth Zott is a trained chemist. In the early 60s, this is a man's world but she makes a place for herself and finds love (but maybe not acceptance). Fast forward a few years and Elizabeth is now a single mother and surprisingly enough, a television star with a beloved cooking show. Her approach is unique, “combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride." As "Supper at Six" (the title of her show)The publisher's blurb promises "Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist." From the first few pages, this has promise.
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