Sunday, November 21, 2010

My Crazy Book Club--The Lit Wits.

Saturday morning, we woke up to this:

There is nothing as exciting as the first snow:  the hustle and bustle of finding our gloves  (where did we put them last spring?),  getting our driveway shoveled quickly (or else it freezes and it's a slope), realizing we don't have any 'ice melt' or 'salt' for the  walk-way, making a snow ball and throwing it at your husband as he shovels the driveway.

I'll be very tired of it come January 1st, but for now, it's beautiful.

The Lit Wits. This is my 'cooking'  and reading club.  We cook a meal, that is sometimes themed around our book, sometimes not.  After the excitement of the snow, it was fun to go to a book club brunch, where we discussed "Half Broke Horses" by Jeanette Walls.

(mini book review:  we  all enjoyed the book.  It explained a lot about  The Glass Castle, as to why Walls  mother was the way she was.  I guess explained is the wrong word--it brought to light reasons why her mother might have been the way she was.
Walls' Grandma Casey was a bit eccentric, but really an amazing woman.  As one reviewer put it,  " Walls has packaged Lily as a gumption-packin’ ranch gal whose pluck never quits."
It did, in a strange way, remind us of  "Little House on the Prairie" all grown up and twisted.
Walls wrote the novel, (and she calls it a novel, rather than a biography, because she did have to fill in some blanks from old family stories) in first-person, in her grandmother's voice to give the oral history more passion.   Walls says that these stories of her grandmother's life are among her favorite childhood stories.
 We read it.  We liked it.  We had a good time discussing it.  The end. )

We are intelligent, well-read women, who also like to cook.  Apparently, Renee can't find her apron,  but she can really make a great feast in the morning.   We had:  bacon, sausage, eggs, fruit, muffins, mimosas, coffee.

We look normal, right?

But at night, when the sun goes down, my mild-mannered, meek  Lit Wit friends turn into:

Crazy Disco Babes!
(we went to a 70's dance last night)


bermudaonion said...

What a fun group! I still can't get over that snow. We're expecting a high of 71 today.

Karen said...

Looks like fun!

Pam said...

What fun! You can keep the snow there though. Good book!

teresa said...

gosh that snowy picture is so beautiful! we haven't gotten any snow yet, but i'm kind of excited! i loved the glass castle, i really need to check out her new book.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

What fun! I love the discussion - was it an early breakfast type meeting? Ours are always in the evenings.

Love the dance pictures too - that is so awesome! :)

Dizzy C said...

The snow always looks so inviting when it is fresh. Funny how we get so fed up with it as quickly as it fell.

We are predicted to get some wintery showers (weather peeps term) on Friday.
If so, and it is more than a dusting, England could be at standstill by Saturday! :)


TheBookGirl said...

Just found your blog and I think it is great :)
I am so jealous of that snow. I love to have snow at Thanksgiving, but we're in for above normal temps and rain :(

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