We originally selected The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe for our April Book Club, but after a flurry of emails mid-month we decided to switch to City of Thieves: A Novel by David Benioff. While we had great hopes for our first selection, none of us could really get into the book and felt, since the last two months had not been stellar, we needed a page turner. The Darien Library hosted an evening with David Benioff last night and, since many of us enjoy going to hear from the author in person, it seemed like a perfect choice for us to switch to. I, sadly, did not get to go hear him speak, because I really loved his book and wish I had been there. Did you go? If so, leave a comment with how it went and what he was like.. I am so bummed not to be there.
I hosted this month and, after finishing the book, I had to do a theme table. Here is my “book cover” and table. You need to read the book to get the “theme!”
To create my tablescape I used a roll of natural Burlap, a decorative bale of straw and a dozen brown eggs (yes, fresh eggs!) total cost about $20. I used a green tablecloth with the burlap as an overlay. The burlap was long enough to cut two lengths to cover the table with an overhang and make twelve three inch napkin ties (we were only 8 but now I have extra!) I used my Hand Pressed Glass footed goblets and highballs with the Berry & Thread Dinner Plate. I thought it came out like a rustic Russian setting that were enhanced with lighting from lanterns and votives around the room.
We had a really fun night, especially since there was a little food mixup and we had two desserts! As for the main event, the book, it was unanimous.. everyone loved it. It was a quick read and perfect for a month where we changed paths mid-stream. Here is my review:
Photographs by Ridgely