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The Lost Apothecary Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For The Lost Apothecary, I provide your book club with a brief summary, food ideas, and discussion questions in that order!

The Lost Apothecary Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Lost Apothecary Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

The Lost Apothecary is Sarah Penner’s debut novel. A dual-timeline story split between present day and late 1700s London, it is one of my favorite novels of the year.

The split timeline along with plenty of tension made for a fun and fast read. Despite feeling like it was a quick read, the characters were well-developed and complex. And the plot was well-crafted and satisfying.

In present day, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell finds herself broken-hearted and on her ten-year anniversary trip alone. When she stumbles upon a rare bottle on the Thames, it propels her on a journey to discover the bottle’s origins and the dark purpose it once held.

In 1790s London, an apothecary who aids troubled women is unexpectedly undermined by her newest patron, a meddling twelve-year-old, and the consequences will echo through their lives and to the present day.

The Best Books About Small Towns

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Best Books about Small Towns
Best Books about Small Towns

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I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty much a sucker for any book set in a small town. Really, though, it has to be more than just that. It needs to be about a community.

I grew up in a tiny town in the Texas panhandle, so I know a little bit about small towns. When a book is able to highlight both the good and the bad of small communities, it’s a sure winner for me.

Recently, I was sent a copy of a new release titled The Secret of Rainy Days. The book centers around a small community and a woman torn between her life there and the new life she’s forged in New York City.

I’m all too familiar with the tug of wanting to leave the smallness behind as a young adult, then longing for community as you grow older. The desperation of needing to go somewhere no one knows your history so you can forge your own path and the longing to be fully known and loved by a community.

And, that book got me thinking about all the books I’ve loved centered around small-town life. I think we can all use a little bit of community these days, fictional or not. So, I decided to put together a list of some of my favorites.

Far from the Tree Book Club Questions and Recipe

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For Far from the Tree, I provide your book club with a brief summary, a recipe, and discussion questions in that order!

Far from the Tree Book Club Questions and Recipe
Far from the Tree Book Club Questions and Recipe
Far from the Tree Book Club Questions and Recipe
Far from the Tree Book Club Questions and Recipe

Thus far in the history of this site, there have been no YA books featured. This isn’t because I haven’t read any young adult fiction, but mainly because most book clubs lean towards adult fiction.

Some YA books just aren’t what many book clubs are going to choose to read and that’s okay, but before you click away, read a little more about why I chose this book.

Far from the Tree is a young adult book that I think you will love, especially if you have teenagers at home or you have been adopted or have adopted a child.

Far from the Tree

This brilliant novel addresses many heavy topics with grace and care including teen pregnancy, alcoholism, adoption, foster care, divorce, discrimination, and more. And it does it while still maintaining the complex mix of innocence and wisdom through which teenagers process the world.

Beyond my personal vote of confidence, Far from the Tree won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, so you can trust that it’s complex and well-written enough for book clubs.

The Paris Library Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For The Paris Library, I provide your book club with a brief summary, food ideas, and discussion questions in that order!

The Paris Library Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Paris Library Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Paris Library Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Paris Library Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

If you are a fan of WWII fiction, then you know that in the last few years there has been a boom of great historical novels from the time period that feature unique aspects of the war.

For example, The Nightingale dealt with female Resistance couriers and the French occupation. The Book of Lost Names revolved around a female document forger. And, of course, there was All the Light We Cannot See as well.

The Paris Library is another novel about WWII France from a unique perspective. It follows Odile Souchet, who secures a position at the circulation desk of the American Library in Paris just as the war breaks out. Through her, we see how the war affected citizens of Paris and those who stayed through the Nazi occupation of France.

The Paris Library

(Also, can we just stop and appreciate how beautiful the cover of this book is?)

The novel is a dual timeline story and the second timeline follows Lily, a young girl in 1980s Montana who is now the neighbor of Odile Souchet. As the older Odile and Lily become friends we learn more about Odile’s regrets from wartime and the vibrant cast of readers and librarians she knew at the American Library in Paris.

If you love reading about WWII or the time period, but have trouble getting through some of the violence and starvation that was rampant during the war, then I think you will like The Paris Library. While the characters deal with their fair share of conflict, the violence and mentions of hunger are kept to a minimum given the subject.

Elizabeth is Missing Book Club Discussion Questions

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For Elizabeth is Missing, I provide your book club with a brief summary and discussion questions in that order!

Elizabeth is Missing Book Club Discussion Questions
Elizabeth is Missing Book Club Discussion Questions
Elizabeth is Missing Book Club Discussion Questions
Elizabeth is Missing Book Club Discussion Questions

If you haven’t checked out the previous post in the series where I share my thoughts on Elizabeth is Missing and a fun activity idea for your book club, check out that post HERE.

You can also check out the second post in the series where I share several great food ideas for your book club based on the book HERE.

Elizabeth is Missing

In this post, I’ll review the premise of Elizabeth is Missing and share book club discussion questions that are sure to get your book club talking!

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