“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.

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

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    When I reflect on the culinary heritage of the South, it’s not Paula Deen who comes to mind, but Edna Lewis, a woman raised in Freetown, Virginia, a farming community founded by freed slaves. During the Depression, Miss Lewis (as she was called) moved off the farm to find work in the city, eventually landing in New York. In the late 1940s she became the co-owner and chef of midtown’s Café Nicholson, which catered to the literati. Miss Lewis cooked with an eye toward the seasons and a finger marking the pages of Escoffier. In the 2005 documentary Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Pie she reminisces about how Truman Capote, a fellow southerner, would beg for biscuits. Instead Miss Lewis served steak with béarnaise sauce, roast chicken with herbs, and chocolate soufflé that she rushed hot from the oven to the table. In her later life Miss Lewis mentored Scott Peacock, a white chef 50 years her junior who hailed from a tiny town in Alabama. In 2003, they co-authored a cookbook, The Gift of Southern Cooking, and in a bittersweet finale, he cared for her during her declining years. Pundits dubbed them “the odd couple of southern cooking.” I was so inspired by their story I imagined it in fictional form.

    Compare how Paula Deen speaks of her bodyguard Hollis Johnson, an African-American man whom she says she loves “like a son” to how Scott Peacock speaks of Miss Lewis. The parallel is inexact — Mr. Johnson works for Ms. Deen while Edna Lewis was Scott Peacock’s mentor — still, it’s illuminating. In the now infamous video of her 2012 interview with Times reporter Kim Severson, Ms. Deen summons Mr. Johnson onto the stage, joking that he will be invisible against the studio’s black backdrop. “We can’t see you standing in front of that dark board!” she says. When Scott Peacock speaks of Edna Lewis in Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Pie, he is reverent, quietly explaining that Miss Lewis gave him the courage to embrace his true self (he alludes to his struggle coming out as gay) and to accept his southern heritage, complicated though it is. Ms. Deen’s approach to her southern heritage is to sugarcoat to the point of nausea. In the Times video she goes so far as to refer to the chattel slaves on her great-grandfather’s farm as “workers,” as if they had any choice in the matter.

    Ms. Deen is now in the middle of a very public decline. The most likely consequence of her downfall is that nothing will change about the way Americans think or talk about race. Instead, she will be vilified by the many who are justly outraged by her comments and valorized by those who conflate the condemnation of her attitudes as a condemnation of their entire culture. The convenient lie, that racism lives within the core of a few bad apples that need only be chucked to rid us of the rot, will be reinforced.

    While the South does not have a monopoly on racism, many white southerners are unapologetically bigoted. But they do not represent the entire region, certainly not the burgeoning immigrant communities, nor the legions of black southerners who are every bit as rooted in the South as Ms. Deen is and who surely must grit their teeth when they hear whites describe the overall southern population as a defeated people who lost the war. (In a 2012 Garden & Gun interview, Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, who is biracial, retorts, “Actually, my South didn’t lose the war. We won.”) And then there are a growing number of white southerners who are willing to question their own assumptions about race as they recognize that the struggle for civil rights is not a “black issue” but a human one. Paula Deen is not one of those southerners. But I’m pretty sure Scott Peacock is.

    If we really want to turn this public scandal into an opportunity for growth, we should take the spotlight off Ms. Deen. Turn away from the tearful confessionals and the exclusive interviews. Everyone in life must clean up his or her own acre, and in Deen, you are witnessing someone who has yet to clean up hers. So stop watching. Instead, pick up Edna Lewis’s seminal cookbook, The Taste of Country Cooking, which chronicles a year in Freetown, where both small and big moments are observed, from the excitement of new chicks being born in the spring to the profundity of Emancipation Day, which begins with the community gathering in church so that elders can speak of their days in bondage, and ends with a feast fit for the celebration of freedom.

    There are better southern cooks more deserving of our attention. Look toward them.
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  2. Hello TTT Ladies,

    This is an article written by the author of “A Place At The Table” Susan Rebecca White, (see above comment) I plan to start her book this evening, but i will take a break on Sunday to watch the “Seattle Seahawks” win the Super Bowl, I grew up in Tacoma, WA just doing my job as loyal fan.(lol)

    TTT Ladies I hope you enjoy reading this book, let me know your thoughts as you read I plan to post some blog’s as I read.

    What do you think of this article that appeared in the “Huffington Post” ?

    I wonder if the “tone” of this article is reflected in her book ” A Place At The Table”?

    Enjoy the journey as you read “A Place At The Table”

  3. Hello ladies! We had a wonderful time last evening discussing We Band of Angels at Panara Bread. Welcome again to our newest member Leslie! If you are reading this Blog, this is a friendly book club where people met in harmony. Looking forward to reading “A Place at the Table”!

  4. “Talk The Talk Ladies Book Club” is successful because each of you are present every 4th Tuesday we are women who” harmoniously” agree to disagree on every view with love
    and respect for each other. We get together to relax as we talk and debate a book that puts all of us on “front street”
    We open up with our past, feelings, and opinions as we dialog with passion. Each books brings out a “person” in
    us we never knew or reacquaints us back to “oh yeah” I can relate to that. The two and half ours we spend with
    each other is more than a book club, think about it why would women who work, have families, and a
    host of responsibility’s take the time to read a book that a another member chooses, facilitate the book, blog, and
    then take the time and plan to meet with people they only see once a month in a book store? We are intellectuals
    that know books emulate life and and have desire to learn and grow from a journey only a book can take you on.
    We just want to know if you enjoyed the ride as much as I did. This book club only exists because of your commitment to dialog, learn and listen with open hearts, with lips that encourage, ears that hear your “story”,
    are you “feeling me?” “I have something to say, it’s been on my mind for a minute, “In my opinion, I don’t
    agree with that comment” or we just realize when ” like minds” see quality when a group of women meet,
    it will always qualify that every now and then we need each other even if it takes a book club.

  5. Hello TTT Ladies,

    I hope all of are “WARM”

    I am enjoying the book, it is very prolific and honest. I am looking forward to seeing
    all of you on 25 February 2013 6:30pm at Bone Fish Grill on Washington Road.

    In order for us to get our table, we must be there at 6:30, I will be there at 6:15

  6. Hello TTT LADIES,
    A Place At The Table deserves a STANDING OVATION breath taking, beautifully written can’t wait to read her other books,

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