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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!

Elizabeth is Missing Book Club Food Ideas

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

Elizabeth is Missing Book Club Questions and Recipe
Elizabeth is Missing Book Club Questions and Recipe
Elizabeth is Missing Book Club Questions and Recipe
Elizabeth is Missing Book Club Questions and Recipe

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 next post in the series where I share discussion questions for your book club based on the book HERE.

In this post, I’ll review the premise of Elizabeth is Missing and share some great food ideas for your book club based on the book.

Elizabeth is Missing

Elizabeth is Missing Book Club Ideas

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For Elizabeth is Missing, I provide your book club with a brief summary, fun activity ideas, and more!

Elizabeth is Missing Book Club Ideas
Elizabeth is Missing Book Club Ideas
Elizabeth is Missing Book Club Ideas
Elizabeth is Missing Book Club Ideas

Has someone you loved battled dementia? If so, you are not alone.

Over 5 million Americans alone have Alzheimer’s. It’s a frightening disease. One many of us don’t like to think about.

And, if you’ve been a caregiver to someone with dementia, you know that the role of caregiver is extremely difficult and often frustrating.

Perhaps you read The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks and related to Noah and Allie’s later-in-life story, but have you read any other books where the characters deal with Alzheimer’s or dementia? Other popular dementia books include Still Alice and The Things We Keep. Both good choices, but let’s talk a little about the featured book, Elizabeth is Missing.

Elizabeth is Missing is a novel about a woman, Maud, who suffers from dementia and believes her best friend, Elizabeth, is missing. The novel is structured like a mystery/suspense and Maud’s current thoughts are often garbled with past memories of the brief period when her sister, Sukey, goes missing after WWII.

Told by Maud, an unreliable narrator due to dementia, it’s a fascinating and empathy-cultivating look into what someone with memory loss endures every single day.

And, if you’ve been in the role of caregiver, you’ll also understand and appreciate Maud’s daughter Helen as she tries to navigate the tricky road of keeping Maud safe while Maud investigates the mystery.

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