JUNE Book Club @ Ashley’s

Moving on, we’re rolling right into the summer with plans for our next Book Club meeting. This one will be a bit different, since we have to move it to a Thursday night, but whatever. Y’all have something better to be doing??

So here’s the deets (yup, I said that.)

WHERE: Murphy Family’s new home — 107 Belknap Street, Concord, MA

WHEN: Thursday, June 21, 2012

BOOK: Happy Accidents: A Memoir by Jane Lynch

THEME: Favorite Childhood Food
(Katie, if your answer is Pink Fizzy alcohol, I’m concerned…)

We start at 7 pm. Please reply here or to Ashley by email with what you will bring.

Who wants July??


Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Uncategorized


MAY Book Club @ Steph’s

Annnnnd…. we’re back!

Join us for Book Club on FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012 at my new home!

BOOK: Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
THEME: British food

ADDRESS: 502 Lords Court, Wilmington, MA 01887

Please reply if you can make it and what you will bring!

We start at 7 pm, as usual 🙂

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Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Uncategorized


December Meeting @ Steph’s

For our December book club, we’re back at my place! Except now we’re in #611, across the parking lot.

Anyhow, please join me for book club on Friday, December 9.  As discussed, we’ll be getting a little bit dirty with some Christmas erotica… so please pretend to read “A Delight before Christmas” by Angie Daniels.

Since the story is about a man dressed as Santa (or at least it starts that way, not sure where it goes from there), let’s have our very own Breakfast with Santa party.  Please bring your favorite breakfast foods to share for a veritable “brinner” celebration. Bonus points if it’s breakfast food AND related to Christmas (Ashley, I’m lookin’ at you…)

Here’s the plot summary for “A Delight before Christmas”:

“At the last minute Reginald Hodges is asked to play Santa at the clinic’s holiday party. Mistaking him for their resident pediatrician, Berlin hops onto his lap and gives him the hottest kiss of his life. From that moment onward, Berlin and Reginald are on a roller coaster ride of attraction and lust. The more they want each other, the hotter they get.”



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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in Uncategorized


November Meeting @ Lish’s

We’re just racking up meetings now, headed toward our fourth month in a row. Woohoo!

In any case, our next meeting is November 18, when we are scheduled to chill with Lish and her kitty Mia at 119 Brainerd Road in Alston.  We’re reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (or at least pretending to read it) and cooking up some Italian food!  YUM!

Maybe we can watch the movie?


…Carpooling is key because parking totally blows- everything except my street is permit parking, and the parking just over the Brookline town line is 2hrs. May the force be with everyone who has a car!!




Anyway, please SIGN UP for something Italian to bring with you and to let us know you’ll be there.  (Maybe we can get SIX people this time!)

Here’s the info on Eat, Pray, Love…

At the age of thirty-one, Gilbert moved with her husband to the suburbs of New York and began trying to get pregnant, only to realize that she wanted neither a child nor a husband. Three years later, after a protracted divorce, she embarked on a yearlong trip of recovery, with three main stops: Rome, for pleasure (mostly gustatory, with a special emphasis on gelato); an ashram outside of Mumbai, for spiritual searching; and Bali, for “balancing.” These destinations are all on the beaten track, but Gilbert’s exuberance and her self-deprecating humor enliven the proceedings: recalling the first time she attempted to speak directly to God, she says, “It was all I could do to stop myself from saying, ‘I’ve always been a big fan of your work.'”
Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker

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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in Uncategorized


October Recap

Hooray! Some of us read the book!

But in other news, we broke in Laura’s new living room with our BIGGEST book club meeting ever. FIVE people came to this one, with food for about 50 people (but that’s beside the point). We had some good eats, ladies. Well done!

Along with our fried chicken, collard greens, sweet potato pie, pulled pork, cherry pie, macaroni and cheese, chocolate cake (with pearls, obvi), biscuits, and homemade corn bread (go, Lish!)… we also talked about the book for a few minutes. And watched some House Hunters International. Come on, there was a marathon.

We learned that Zip Car is, indeed, quite rad; Laura’s apartment is super cute; and Ellie was mad at her babysitter. In other news, Jo’s apartment is totes haunted. Let’s have a haunted book club there sometime.

That’s about it. Did I miss anything?

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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in Uncategorized


September Recap

We seem to both rock and suck at book club, but it can only get better from here!  Another small turnout (Ashley, Laura, Mary and me, plus honorary guest Marty, who is testicle-free and thus allowed to attend) but we still had a blast. Mostly talking about Ashley & Chris’s wedding in Florida (surprise!) and less talking about the book.

Although I did actually read this one in its entirety and can assure you all that there are no bats, vampires, or (shudder) dragons. Instead, this was filled with bitches, beaches, and breakdowns… good times.  Book club was not nearly as emotional as the novel.

If you were not able to join us, there was INDEED penis pasta salad (thank you, Spencer’s, my last-minute Hail Mary pass…) and also tiny weiners in blankets and sausage/cheese rolls. Add to that a bucket of margaritas, the fixings for Dirty Shirleys and some colorful penis straws, and we had a dick-filled evening. Hooray.

So next month, we’re reading a “normal” book club book (The Help by Kathryn Stockett) and heading to Laura’s in West (insert Boston accent here) REVEAH. (That’s Revere.) And no, I don’t know her address yet. Laura?

Please sign up to bring some Southern comfort food (Hint: there are at least two recipes in the book that need to be made) to give Laura a chance to “plan” a menu. Here’s to another month of rocking/sucking at Book Club!


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Posted by on September 17, 2011 in Uncategorized


October @ Laura’s: The Help

We’re hanging at Laura’s new digs on October 14 for our third meeting.

BOOK: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
THEME: Southern comfort food

About the book:

“The Help is a 2009 novel by American author Kathryn Stockett. It is about African American maids working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi during the early 1960s. The novel is told from the point of view of three narrators: Aibileen Clark, a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children, and who has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson, an African-American maid whose back-talk towards her employers results in her having to frequently change jobs, exacerbating her desperate need for work as well as her family’s struggle with money; and Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, a young white woman and recent college graduate who, after moving back home, discovers that a maid that helped raise her since childhood has abruptly disappeared and her attempts to find her have come to naught.”

Available in paperback, hardcover, and ebook formats… with or without the movie tie-in… on Amazon.

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Posted by on September 1, 2011 in Uncategorized