December Book Club & Gift Guide

Our December Book Club is always a very festive affair. This year, we were at Christine’s house which was the perfect back drop for our traditional Yankee Swap.  She is an amazing decorator and had transformed her entire house for Christmas.  We had cocktails and a huge cheese board to start, followed by a delicious salad with roasted golden beets (my favorite!), Paella and french bread.  Colleen brought our group’s favorite dessert: an iced chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream!
When we had finished our desserts, we got right to our book discussion.   For December, we read State of Wonder: A Novel by Ann Patchett.

The book is about two researchers who work for a pharmaceutical company in Minnesota. The company has been funding a Doctor who has been working in the Amazon on a top secret new drug for many years.  She has not supplied the company with any concrete reports since starting her research in the Amazon, so they decide it is time to get more accurate accounting for the work she is doing.  The company sends the first researcher to the Amazon to garner information, but receives word back that he has died on his mission.  The company then sends a second researcher, Dr. Marina Singh, to the Amazon to find out more about her colleague’s death and the mysterious work that is being done.  From there, we are taken on an amazing journey with Dr. Singh as she tries to complete her tasks.  We all found the beginning of the book to be very hard to get into but, once Dr. Singh gets to the Amazon, the book picks up!  For me, the book was one that I could not wait to read and then, when I was reading it, I wanted to take my time because I did not want it to end.  I found it fascinating and certainly worthy of a good debate.  Sadly, only one person in the club finished it so we could not have a lively discussion.

To see a synopsis and reviews visit:  Barnes & Noble
In the spirit of reading and giving, I have compiled a Book Gift Guide of titles I would love to give and receive!  As we say in our Book Club.. Happy Reading!


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  1. Delicious dinner and terrific round up – I’ve already bought a couple as gifts!!

  2. Thanks for the book recommendation. Your book club always has yummy dinners.

  3. Love Ann Patchet! My 10 yo loved Sons of Neptune and my daughter (12) loved Stir it Up!

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