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Thursday, October 27, 2011

The First

Last evening, I hosted the first Book Club event at my house.  The group consisted of seven of us.  Everyone made a contribution, wine, appetizers, and desserts (what more does one need)!.  Not everyone knew one another so we took some time and chatted amongst ourselves.  We then sat down and discussed the book.

The main character, Renee Michel, was a short, frumpy lady of a lower social class and the concierge' at an exclusive apartment building in France.  None of the tenants recognized her for the intellectual, bright, cultured person she was.  We took a few minutes and went around the room and shared with the group who we were on the inside.....the kind of person we think we are and not who we are defined by our appearance and careers or role in life (i.e.mother, sister, etc.).

We rated the book a three (on average), on a scale of 1 - 5.  The consensus was that this book was not one any of us would have read if we had picked it up and scanned through it in the library.  It was agreed that we stepped out of our box a bit for this read and it was a good thing.

I believe we will do it again in February or March.when winter has settled in.  The evening was good, relaxing, light and enjoyable.
Sorry for the blurry photo, need to change my ISO speed.  This picture was before all the food arrived.
Have a good day.


  1. Great book club. You did a wonderful job leading the discussion and organizing the event!

  2. Hi Barb, What a pretty table you set. I love the question, about who we really are inside. That gets lost in this world, where appearances mean so much and authenticity is not valued as it should be. Would have loved to be there! Take care dear friend. Love, Penny

  3. Barbie,
    I enjoyed the book club . . . you did a stellar job of leading us in discussion . . .
    your home looked lovely . . . the food and spirits were great . . .

    I especially enjoyed listening to others reveal their inner self and your encouragement for us to "not judge another" by what we see on the outside.

    Well done my friend!
    Love, Lynne