*If you are new here, WELCOME! For The Book of Lost Names, I provide your book club with a brief summary, food ideas, and discussion questions in that order!
Are you a fan of WWII fiction? Many readers love to read about this devastating, yet fascinating time in history. There are so many stories of normal people doing extraordinary things in the face of unthinkable evil.
If you loved The Nightingale and The Alice Network, you’ll love The Book of Lost Names. The novel, set in WWII-era France, is slightly different than the other two novels in that it deals with forgers rather than spies.
The novel centers around a young Jewish woman, Eva, with a gift for drawing. When she escapes Nazi-occupied Paris for southern France by drawing up her own false papers, she catches the eye of a Catholic priest and soon becomes entangled in a forgery ring. There, she begins working diligently to create papers for children seeking refuge in Switzerland after their parents are snatched away to concentration camps.Continue reading
*If you are new here, WELCOME! For Beach Read, I provide your book club with a brief summary, a recipe, and discussion questions in that order!
Do you love romantic stories, but pure romance isn’t your thing? Maybe you need a little bit of a darker backstory or a stronger internal struggle that has nothing to do with the leading man. I get it.
The good news is that there are lots of romantic books out there that fit this bill while still centering primarily on the romance element. Beach Read by Emily Henry is one of those books.
Beach Read centers on romance writer January Andrews who finds herself at her father’s secret vacation house after his death. His exposed love affair fresh on her mind, she can’t bring herself to write romance anymore, despite the fact that she’s under contract with a looming deadline.
Enter Augustus Everett, an old college nemesis and literary writer, who finds himself with an equal dose of writer’s block. When the two agree to swap genres in hopes to ignite their writing passions once more, things start to heat up on the page and off.Continue reading
*If you are new here, WELCOME! For The Midnight Library, I provide your book club with a brief summary, a food ideas, and discussion questions in that order!
In the vein of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine or Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library takes a quirky main character, Nora Seed, dealing with some hard issues and places her in a unique situation.
Unlike the first two novels mentioned, The Midnight Library sprinkles in a heavy dose of magical realism in the form of a library at the edge of the universe that contains an infinite amount of books, each with a different reality. This library specifically has an infinite number of realities of Nora Seed’s life.
Regret that you never went to college? There’s another reality where you did. Regret that you didn’t date that cute coworker? There’s another reality where you did and now have two kids with him. And so on…
Imagine being able to try on all the possibilities of your life if you’d just made a slightly different decision along the road and you have The Midnight Library.Continue reading