“The Husband’s Secret” by Lian Moriarty 22 July 2014

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.

Hello TTT Ladies,

We will be discussing “The Husband’s Secret” by Lian Moriatry on 22 July 2014 at 5:30pm

The restaurant for this discussion  will be at “California Dreaming”

3241 Washington Road,  Augusta, GA 30907

I will be the facilitator for the evening and I thank you in advance for your support and commitment

to TTT Ladies Book Club

Room, a novel by Emma Donoghue 24 June 2014

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work. Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another

 

Hello TTT Ladies

We will be discussing the novel “Room” by Emma Donoghue on 24 June 2014 at 5:30pm

T’s Seafood Restaurant

3416 Mike Padgett HWY

Augusta, GA 30906

Tonya will be our facilitator.

Thank you for your support and commitment to TTT Ladies Book Club.

 

 

“Half Broken Horses” a True Novel by Jeanette Walls 27 May 2014

Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did.” So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, in Jeannette Walls’s magnificent, true-life novel based on her no-nonsense, resourceful, hard-working, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town — riding five hundred miles on her pony, all alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car (“I loved cars even more than I loved horses. They didn’t need to be fed if they weren’t working, and they didn’t leave big piles of manure all over the place”) and fly a plane, and, with her husband, ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one of whom is Jeannette’s memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle.

Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudice of all kinds — against women, Native Americans, and anyone else who didn’t fit the mold. Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults, as riveting and dramatic as Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa or Beryl Markham’s West with the Night. It will transfix readers everywhere.

Hello TTT Ladies,

“Half Broke Horses ” a  True Life Novel by Jeanette Walls

will be facilitated by Leslie on  27 May 2014

We will discuss this novel at  the ” The Boll Weevil Cafe”

located at   10  9th st, Augusta, GA 30901

Thank you for your support and commitment to TTT Ladies Book Club

 

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry a Novel by Rachel Joyce 22 April 2014

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack of quotidian minutiae is a letter addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl from a woman he hasn’t seen or heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye.
 
Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then, as happens in the very best works of fiction, Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. And thus begins the unlikely pilgrimage at the heart of Rachel Joyce’s remarkable debut. Harold Fry is determined to walk six hundred miles from Kingsbridge to the hospice in Berwick-upon-Tweed because, he believes, as long as he walks, Queenie Hennessey will live.
 
Still in his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold embarks on his urgent quest across the countryside. Along the way he meets one fascinating character after another, each of whom unlocks his long-dormant spirit and sense of promise. Memories of his first dance with Maureen, his wedding day, his joy in fatherhood, come rushing back to him—allowing him to also reconcile the losses and the regrets. As for Maureen, she finds herself missing Harold for the first time in years.
 
And then there is the unfinished business with Queenie Hennessy.
 
A novel of unsentimental charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry introduces Rachel Joyce as a wise—and utterly irresistible—storyteller.
Hello TTT Ladies,
 
“The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Frye”  a Novel by Rachel Joyce
 
will be facilitated by Renata on   22 April 2014 at 6:00pm
 
We will be discussing this novel at” Logans Road Road House”
                        269 Robert C Daniel PKW
                        Augusta, GA  30909
 
Thank you for your support and commitment to TTT Ladies Book Club
 

“What Kind Of Fool” By Rhonda McKnight 2014

“Truth is so obscure in these times and false hood so established that unless we love the truth, we cannot know it. Real  truth is practiced at home especially how we treat each other. Let the wife make the husband glad to come home. Let the husband make the wife sorry to see him leave home. That’s real ministry!”

Hello TTT Ladies,

I had the extreme pleasure of meeting the author of  “What Kind Of Fool” by Rhonda McKnight. I read the sequel  “An Inconvenient Friend” a couple of years ago maybe,  in fact to be truly honest I only bought the book because Borders Book Store was closing and  I paid $3.00 for it. I would see it on the shelf at Borders before they closed, but I am not drawn to Christian novels. So I figured what do I have to lose?  I remember when I was just looking for a good “read” I would always pick up this book by accident and I would get so irritated because I was not interested in reading a book that reminds me of “Life Time TV Channel”  or the average Christian book that is about a  woman who is promiscuous, envy, jealous, deceitful ect, starts dating the pastor who is handsome, loving, but not really looking for a wife, but is drawn to her even though they are unequally yoked he has the patience of “Job” to wait on the lord to deliver her, but he stills gets to feel all over her, but he is “only human” so he gets a pass, but continues to date this”vile woman”that explodes with sex appeal , but there is a life changing event that brings her to Lord and they get married have a set of twins and live happily ever after end of story.

I bought the book anyway and through the book  on my book shelf at home and I figured I would read it when ever. When I would get home at the end of  day, the book would always be on the floor. This happened a couple of times so I looked at the cover of the book and just decided to read it just to prove to myself this is the average Christian book, I already know what is going to happen, I can knock this out before the next day. I did read the book in one day, but it was awesome, I remember saying to myself “dam” that was a good book (pray for me) lol .

I went to the Augusta Literary Festival with a goal, I was not going buy a book just because  the author and I had in-depth conversation about the book. I only wanted to buy one book, I have enough to read as it is. Now that I have a reader I am constantly down loading

I was passing by Rhonda’s table, I saw the book the “An Inconvenient Friend” I said to myself I think I have read this book, but she was not there at her booth at the time,and one of the library’s volunteers was there watching her booth. so I was some what relived because I really did not want to talk to any authors, I just wanted to buy my one book and leave.  I actually forgot about the Augusta Literary Festival, two of the members of the “Talk The Talk Ladies Book Club called me on my cell phone and said come on down, I did we looked and browsed and then we went to lunch. I said to myself I really wanted to buy at least one book after all I did go, I need something to show it. We had a wonderful lunch at “The Bo Weevil” downtown Augusta. I had enough time to go back to the Literary Festival and by my one book. I approached Rhonda’s booth and she was in the middle of packing up, but when she saw me, I was looking at the book ” What Kind Of Friend” I asked her about “An Inconvenient Friend” and  told her I believed I read the book some years ago. She told what the book was about, so my memory started flowing back to the contents of the book. I told her how I assumed the book was just another average Christian book ect.

She said the book in your hand “What Kind Of Fool” is the sequel, but for some reason I was not that interested in buying the book, because I read “An Inconvenient Friend” over a couple of years ago I know loved it, excellent book. I really could not really remember the details of the book, and to be truly honest I am totally burned out on reading books about marriage and relationships. Their problem not mine. She said it  really is a good book, but of course she is going to say that she is the author. The library is closing so I figure I can get out of this conversation and not buy the book just because I read the first one. I even told her that I only bought her book because Borders was closing, but it was the truth, I was tactful but no need to glamorize her, she is a book author that “wreaks” with confidence, so I could keep it real, I was not worried about hurting her” feelings” I already know she does not wear them on her sleeve. The book authors are packing up. She and I are still talking, but she said the book is a “standalone” book even though it has a sequel and as I listen to her. I start to believe her . I want to buy the book. I give her my debit card but her to purchase the book and now her” card reader” won’t work. I am upset I have to this book, I start thinking maybe if I tell her I am the President of “Talk The Talk Ladies Book Club” and founder of” It’s Your Book Club” I was President for three years, now we have Brian Mckinney who is President, maybe she will let  me write  her a check ect. I started praying, Lord please ect, I must have this book. I need this book. !!!!!!! I  have read the sequel, I have taken the time to come to this book festival, I have spoken with author in-depth, I am not buying the book out of guilt, I really want to read this book, for all of the right reasons. Well she got the author Tia McCollars to let her use her reader. Rhonda signed my book and gave me a copy of her book co-written with two other authors, Tiffany L. Warren and Sheri Lewis “A Woman’s Revenge” We all walked out together, I was so relieved and excited that I came back and bought her book” What Kind Of Fool”. It’s a beautiful day I’m good!

I started reading the book that night, what a phenomenal read that resonates with class and insight on the realities of relationships that have  the same effect on  Christians as wells as people in the secular world. She was able to reach a balance that did not isolate the secular society, but at the same time restore  and encourage your faith as  Christian .

It was about 11:oo pm, I have been reading “What Kind Of Fool” for about two days so I stop and send her a text because she must know now how I feel at this very moment, I know I need to be at work but I can’t put the book down. I am shaking this book is soooooooooo good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

She did text me back in the am her words ” I don’t think I could have woken to find a nicer message. Thank you so much for the feed back. I’m glad you enjoyed the story, there is some pretty good.”

This has been an experience that started at Borders Books before they closed 2011. I have learned and realized reading these two books “An Inconvenient Friend” and” What Kind Of Fool” has been more about the journey that it took for me to read these prolific novels.  I have that found that my life is motivated personally when I read a novel that is only effective, when I have a moment of solace that activates the journey that I am on with the book that has a life changing impact on my thoughts and views This one of those “times”. But isn’t that what books are supposed to do? It’s not the book but the author who has responsibility to” wake” us with her words, to write about the trials and comforts, but most important to emphasize that we are free to make choices in our life, but we don’t get to choose the consequences.  Rhonda I am awake and dutifully served.

Life is a journey but every now then we can ” Inherit The Wind” and that alone is refreshing.

“The House Girl” by Tara Conklin 25 March 2014

The House Girl,  by Tara Conklin

Virginia, 1852. Seventeen-year-old Josephine Bell decides to run from the failing tobacco farm where she is a slave and nurse to her ailing mistress, the aspiring artist Lu Anne Bell. New York City, 2004. Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in an elite law firm, is given a difficult, highly sensitive assignment that could make her career: she must find the “perfect plaintiff” to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.

It is through her father, the renowned artist Oscar Sparrow, that Lina discovers Josephine Bell and a controversy roiling the art world: are the iconic paintings long ascribed to Lu Anne Bell really the work of her house slave, Josephine? A descendant of Josephine’s would be the perfect face for the reparations lawsuit—if Lina can find one. While following the runaway girl’s faint trail through old letters and plantation records, Lina finds herself questioning her own family history and the secrets that her father has never revealed: How did Lina’s mother die? And why will he never speak about her?

Moving between antebellum Virginia and modern-day New York, this searing, suspenseful and heartbreaking tale of art and history, love and secrets, explores what it means to repair a wrong and asks whether truth is sometimes more important than justice.

Hello TTT  Ladies,

The House Girl by Tara Conklin will be facilitated by Tonya on March 25, 2014 6:oopm ( I will be there at 5:30pm)

We will meet at Genghis Grill, 250 Robert C Daniel Jr. Pky( across the street from Panera Bread)

I thank you for your support and commitment to TTT Ladies Book Club

“A Place At The Table ” by Susan Rebecca White Feb 25, 2014

Celebrating the healing power of food and the magic of New York City, A Place at the Table follows the lives of three seekers who come together in the understanding that when you embrace the thing that makes you different, you become whole. A Place at the Table tells the story of three unforgettable characters whose paths converge in a storied Manhattan café: Bobby, a young gay man from Georgia who has been ostracized by his family; Amelia, a wealthy Connecticut woman whose life is upended when a family secret comes to light; and Alice, an African-American chef from North Carolina whose heritage is the basis of a renowned cookbook but whose past is a mystery to those who know her. These characters are exiles—from homeland, from marriage, from family. While they all find companionship and careers through cooking, they hunger for the deeper nourishment of communion. As the narrative sweeps from a freed-slave settlement in 1920s North Carolina to Manhattan during the deadly AIDS epidemic of the 1980s to the well-heeled hamlet of contemporary Old Greenwich, Connecticut, Bobby, Amelia, and Alice are asked to sacrifice everything they ever knew or cared about to find authenticity and fulfillment.

Susan Rebecca White’s first two novels were hailed for the beauty of her writing, her wit, her compassion for her characters, and her sharp insights into their inner lives. A Place at the Table announces the maturity of her talents and reveals her wise and open heart.

Hello TTT Ladies,

” A Place At The Table” by Susan Rebecca White  is our next TTT Ladies Book Club Selection

We will meet at” Bone Fish Grill” which is  located at 2911 Washington Road, Augusta GA 30909 6:30pm

I have never read this book, I was browsing around last year on the internet looking for something different,I really wanted to read a book by an author I never heard of. I love the synopsis, because I love reading books that intertwine the characters. I was simply was drawn to it.

I choose the “Bone Fish Grill” because I felt the book represents a sense of “southern” class with a touch of  “city” elegance. I will be 53 years young on Feb 20 2014,  so why not be daring?  I am looking forward to a “conversation” that is energize with “talk” as we discuss “A Place At The Table”

I thank you in advance for your support and commitment to TTT Ladies Book Club

New members are always welcome.

We Band of Angels

I just got connected with this blog.Welcome Leslie. I too am new to Augusta. I look forward to meeting you and reconnecting with the other folks. I hope you enjoy the book. See you at the meeting!

“We Band Of Angels” The Untold Story Of The American Women Trapped February 4 2014 6:30pm In Bataan

In the fall of 1941, the Philippines was a gardenia-scented paradise for the American Army and Navy nurses stationed there. War was as a distant rumor, life a routine of easy shifts and dinners under the stars. December 8 all of that changed, as Japanese bombs began raining down on American bases in Luzon,and this paradise became a fiery hell. Caught in the raging battle, the nurse set up fied hospitals in the jungles of Bataan and the tunnels of Corregidor, where they tended to the most devastating injuries of war and suffered the terror  of shells and shrapnel.

But the worst was yet to come, after Bataan and Corregidor fell, the nurses were herded in internment camps where they would endure three years of fear, brutality and starvation. Once liberated, they returned to an America at first celebrated them, but later refused to honor their leaders with the medals clearly deserved. Here in letters, diaries,and riveting firsthand accounts, is the story of what really happened during those dark days. woven together in a deeply affecting saga of women at war.

Hello TTT Ladie,

Please show your support on February 4, 2014 at 6:30pm, at the restaurant “Panera Bread” in Augusta, Ga

We will be discussing “We Band Of Angels” The Untold Story Of American Women Trapped On Bataan, the author is Elizabeth M. Norman

Renatta will be our facilitator.

“SULA” by TONI MORRISON

Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel. Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio.  Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the black community and Sula has become a pariah. But their friendship ends in an unforgivable betrayal or does it end?? Terrifying, comic, ribald and tragic, Sula is a work that overflows with life.

 

Hello TTT Ladies,

Please join us on 19 November 2013 at 6:30pm  823 Telfair Street

Augusta, Ga 30901 at the Augusta Richmond County Public Library

Inez will facilitate the discussion on then novel  “Sula” by Toni Morrison