Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Dog’s Life
Peter Mayle

 Witty, Clever, Fun

Dinner Conversation:
We would continue the speculation begun in A Dog’s Life about what our dogs are thinking, how they feel about us and if they are, in fact, smarter than we are.
Mr. Mayle would bring a good bottle of French wine.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Their Eyes Were Watching God
 Zora Neale Hurston

Memorable, Lyrical, Enlightening

Dinner Conversation:
Our discussion would cover migrant labor in the American South and the social and domestic progress made by women in the twentieth century.
Ms. Hurston would bring a large pan of seasoned beans, cooked with fatback.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Treat us like Dogs and we will become Wolves
 Carolyn Chute

Rambling, Needs Editing, Great Potential

Dinner conversation:
We would discuss the Constitution of the United States and women’s rights.
Ms. Chute would bring Little Debbie snack cakes, sweet but lacking substance.

Friday, February 20, 2015

behind the beautiful forevers
 Katherine Boo

Painful, Dignified, Shocking

Dinner conversation:
We would discuss homelessness and the inequitable distribution of wealth in world economies.
Ms. Boo would bring a loaf of bread, cut into small pieces to share.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

 Thomas Hardy

Beautiful, Heart-rending, Frustrating

Dinner conversation:
Thomas Hardy and I would talk about the roles of fate and honor in life.
Mr. Hardy’s dinner contribution:

A chocolate soufflé, but it would fall.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Remains of the Day
 Kazuo Ishiguro

Revealing, Sweet, Wise

Dinner conversation:
The role of manners, order and tradition in everyday life and the surprising joys of retirement.  
Mr. Ishiguro’s dinner contribution:

A bakery box of four, perfect Napoleons, served on a silver tray.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Olive Kitteridge

Lady Love to Read’ s Minute Book Reviews

Olive Kitteridge
 Elizabeth Strout

Honest, Real, Sad

Dinner Conversation:
We would discuss our family relationships and how they have shaped who we are.
Ms. Strout’s dinner contribution:  

A pan of plain cornbread, with the comment, “Yes, plain.  No extra corn, no vanilla, no maple syrup.  It’s good enough just as it is.”

Monday, February 16, 2015

Travels With Charley 

When I stacked up the eight books that I’ve read since Christmas, I thought, “How on earth will I find the time to tell avid readers what they need to know about each book?”  
“Brevity, my dear, brevity,” was my conclusion.   And so… 

Lady Love to Read’ s Minute Book Reviews

One minute to read, 
Just three adjectives, a dinner conversation with the author and a culinary gift. 
Love, love, love it or the book’s a snooze…..  
Are you in?  
Let’s go! 

Travels with Charley
In Search of America
 John Steinbeck

Sharp, Insightful, Brave

Dinner conversation: 
We would discuss the 50th Anniversary of the civil rights march in Selma and how the current setbacks in our country’s racial climate would make Mr. Steinbeck sad.
Mr. Steinbeck’s dinner contributions: 
A good bottle of scotch and dog biscuits for my bulldog, Winston.

Coming tomorrow, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.