March 2017 @ Marie’s House
(missing Mary/work; Karen C/family; Viviane/broken wrist!)
special guest: Kitty’s sister, Margaret (don’t even think ‘Peggy’)
- dogs: familiarity, control (or not); poor Viviane
- visiting adults kids & vice versa – there’s some calculus about the farther away they live the more you see them
- Shelley is a neat reader; does she wear gloves? sit in a bubble? with perfect posture? (full disclosure: she re-sells her books)
- young adult kids & driving in major snow storms – they all do it at least once
- Katelyn’s hotel room in Bethlehem, PA was sold out from under her…no room
- redemption movies: ugh. too much pain for the 10 minutes of relief
- Katie tuned out a bunch of Hollywood Bad Behavior – blah, blah, blah
- Kitty in the Hot Seat: telling her sister what each of us does (in life and for a living). She was not batting 1.000. But it was fun
- Babies/grand babies: people, just add 3 weeks to the due date (but have a bag packed)
- good books don’t always engender good discussion & vice versa, for sure
- favorite: when bad book engenders good chat
- Sue & Steve doing Grand Tour of Utah in May: they are the best travelers
- DNA Genealogy test: Liz, Marie, Shelley, Kitty, Margaret. Apparently it’s a thing.
- Marie had a toast for us. Actually, it was to honor Katie’s dad (he died March 11). Not a dry eye. Read it; you’ll be happy (well, and crying) that you did. Here you go:
Kitty picked it because:
- Her sister (and our guest) had suggested it a while back. Kitty liked it.
- The recent HBO series reminded her of it.
- ~98% of us read it
- overall: interesting; light, easy page-turner; our genre title: ‘heavy chick lit’
- also: Real Housewives of Australia (was it Melbourne?) – some of his were entertained by the drama/snark & others not quite so much
- author did NOT over-reveal; clues were doled out with some finesse
- Jane’s reason for going to PP in the first place = particularly satisfying
- main gimmick (who died? how?) was engaging/appealing
- clever chapter format: the point of view changes and the police interview quips
- title was good – so many layers
- each character had a reasonable-to-realistic mix of good & bad
- helicopter parenting – bitingly accurate portrayal
- realistic men, for the most part; for the record, we like Ed best
- Mrs. Ponder – not really necessary, but we’re glad she was there
- subtle wording made some of us wonder: did Perry decide to let go when Bonnie pushed him? his ‘perfect’ life was gone… & would such an athlete really go over so easily or die from a 2nd story fall?
April Meeting: Shelley’s
Marie’s book pick: “The Possibilities” by Kaui Hart Hemmings.