Cookbook Discussion Group on Zoom
WINTER 2024 Session:
THAT SOUNDS SO GOOD by Carla Lalli Music:
FREE copies of the book will be available for pickup @UMFPL to registered participants starting December 1st, 2023 (while supplies last).
TUESDAY, January 2 2024 @ 7pm– Stovetop Suppers, Big Salads, & Burning Clean
TUESDAY, February 6 2024 @ 7pm– Day Drinking and Lazy Lunches, I Love to Grill, S is for Sunday Soup, Stew and Sauce
TUESDAY, March 5 2024 @ 7pm– Give it up for Vegetables, Who Wants Dessert?, Also on the Table
This discussion takes place virtually on Zoom. Meeting Log-in information will be emailed to registered participants on or before the day of the program and posted to our bookclubs.com page.
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Pick a recipe from these chapters of the cookbook and try it out before the program. Then come discuss what you liked, what you changed, what you would do differently next time!
We would love to see pictures of your culinary creations! Email all photos to [email protected] prior to each meeting to share your dishes with the group and to add to our group photo album on bookclubs.com!
Do you love true crime? Join us to read and discuss the latest true crime (and true crime adjacent) titles on Zoom! Join our group on Bookclubs.com to access meeting information, discussion boards, polls, and much more! Visit https://bookclubs.com/true-crime-tales/join/ to join (not required)!
@ 7pm on Zoom
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
Utterly unique in its astonishing intimacy, as jarringly frightening as when it first appeared, Ann Rule’s The Stranger Beside Me defies our expectation that we would surely know if a monster lived among us, worked alongside of us, appeared as one of us. With a slow chill that intensifies with each heart-pounding page, Rule describes her dawning awareness that Ted Bundy, her sensitive coworker on a crisis hotline, was one of the most prolific serial killers in America. He would confess to killing at least thirty-six young women from coast to coast, and was eventually executed for three of those cases. Drawing from their correspondence that endured until shortly before Bundy’s death, and striking a seamless balance between her deeply personal perspective and her role as a crime reporter on the hunt for a savage serial killer — the brilliant and charismatic Bundy, the man she thought she knew — Rule changed the course of true-crime literature with this unforgettable chronicle. – goodreads.com
@ 7pm on Zoom
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing (*Fiction Title*)
A couple’s fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting…
Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.
We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.
We all have secrets to keeping a marriage alive.
Ours just happens to be getting away with murder. – goodreads.com
Join us in reading the latest and greatest horror fiction titles!
This book club takes place in person in the library’s Community Room!
This event is free & open to all adults.
Boys in the Valley
by Philip Fracassi
St. Vincent’s Orphanage for Boys.
Turn of the century, in a remote valley in Pennsylvania.
Here, under the watchful eyes of several priests, thirty boys work, learn, and worship. Peter Barlow, orphaned as a child by a gruesome murder, has made a new life here. As he approaches adulthood, he has friends, a future… a family.
Then, late one stormy night, a group of men arrive at their door, one of whom is badly wounded, occult symbols carved into his flesh. His death releases an ancient evil that spreads like sickness, infecting St. Vincent’s and the children within. Soon, boys begin acting differently, forming groups. Taking sides. Others turn up dead.
Now Peter and those dear to him must choose sides of their own, each of them knowing their lives — and perhaps their eternal souls — are at risk.
The Exorcist meets Lord of the Flies, by way of Midnight Mass, in Boys in the Valley, a brilliant coming-of-age tale from award-winning author Philip Fracassi.- from goodreads.com
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November 29 @ 7pm
Daisy Jones & The Six
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
2019, 355 pages
Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the real reason why they split at the absolute height of their popularity…until now.
Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go-Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.
Another band getting noticed is The Six, led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.
Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.
December 27 @ 7pm
The Tobacco Wives
by Adele Myers
2022, 344 pages
Maddie Sykes is a burgeoning seamstress who’s just arrived in Bright Leaf, North Carolina—the tobacco capital of the South—where her aunt has a thriving sewing business. After years of war rations and shortages, Bright Leaf is a prosperous wonderland in full technicolor bloom, and Maddie is dazzled by the bustle of the crisply uniformed female factory workers, the palatial homes, and, most of all, her aunt’s glossiest clientele: the wives of the powerful tobacco executives.
When a series of unexpected events thrusts Maddie into the role of lead dressmaker for the town’s most influential women, she scrambles to produce their ornate gowns for the biggest party of the season. But she soon learns that Bright Leaf isn’t quite the carefree paradise that it seems: A trail of misfortune follows many of the women, including substantial health problems. Although Maddie is quick to believe that this is a coincidence, she inadvertently uncovers evidence that suggests otherwise.
Maddie wants to report what she knows, but in a town where everyone depends on Big Tobacco to survive, she doesn’t know who she can trust—and fears that exposing the truth may destroy the lives of the proud, strong women with whom she has forged strong bonds.