Book Club 
Suggestions
What Was Mine
by Helen Klein Ross
Food Ideas
Extra "Touches"
  
Simply told but deeply affecting, in the bestselling tradition of Alice McDermott and Tom Perrotta, this urgent novel unravels the heartrending yet unsentimental tale of a woman who kidnaps a baby in a superstore—and gets away with it for twenty-one years.

​Author Helen Klein Ross, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, weaves a powerful story of upheaval and resilience told from the alternating perspectives of Lucy, Mia, Mia’s birth mother, and others intimately involved in the kidnapping. What Was Mine is a compelling tale of motherhood and loss, of grief and hope, and the life-shattering effects of a single, irrevocable moment.
This is a good book to pick a recipe that everyone will want to "steal" from the hostess.  A great, and easy, chicken salad is just that recipe.  Add some avocado, mandarin oranges, tomatoes and a light vinigrette bringing it all together with some crunchy wontons on top & a side of warm bread..  Yum!
 
With summer just around the corner, and the meal being light, a wonderful Rose' or White Sangria is a perfect touch. 
 
A plate of creme puffs drizzled with chocolate syrup and powdered sugar is the perfect "stealable" dessert for your guests.  Have them grab a few and enjoy!
With IKEA, the "put-it-together-yourself" store, being a part of this story, it would be fun to make origami birds for each of the plates.  You could make them out of paper for a take-home goody, or fancy up your napkins in a shape.
 
Adding some fresh flowers that are soft and "airy", like Baby's-Breath and Chamomile, to the center of the table will give the table a feeling of comfort without being overbearing.

Also, add some large glass hurricane vases with white candles to add a finishing touch.

Now...discuss, discuss, discuss!
1. Have you ever done anything in the "heat of the moment" that you could not undo?
 
2. What is the effect of knowing from the beginning of the story that Lucy eventually gets caught?
 
3.  Do you think the best thing for Mia was to find out the truth, or would her life have been better if all was left alone?
Book Club Questions
Three interesting discussion questions for What Was Mine to incorporate with your other questions.....
A Fall of Marigolds
by Susan Meissner
Food Ideas
Extra "Touches"
The story is based in New York and when I think of NYC, I think of a great deli sandwich!  Have a plate of small deli sandwiches and a side of potato salad, and/or coleslaw.
 
A selection of light beers and a summer wine, like Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, both are refreshing companions to the heavier sandwiches.
 
For dessert, you can never go wrong with a simple New York cheesecake drizzled with strawberry sauce.
Who doesn't love a pretty scarf or a good story?
 
Before your book club meeting, ask each person to send you (privately) a story about their life that others may not know.  Buy scarves for each attendee, type up a brief summary of each story and attach a story to a scarf.  Hand the scarves/stories out to each person, have them read, outloud, the story and guess which scarf/story belongs to which person then pass them the scarf when their story is read.

Each person will not only go home with a beautiful scarf, but will also know a little bit more about their friends!
 
A beautiful scarf, passed down through the generations, connects two women who learn that the weight of the world is made bearable by the love we give away....
 
September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.
 
September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone.
Book Club Questions
1. What did you most enjoy about A Fall of Marigolds? What do you think you’ll remember about it six months from now??
 
2. Discuss the ways in which the contemporary and historical sections of the novel relate to each other. What story elements do they share? 
 
3.  Do you believe in destiny? That God has a purpose for each of our lives? Discuss how these ideas play out in A Fall of Marigolds.
Three interesting discussion questions for Fall of Marigolds to incorporate with your other questions.....

 
 
YA Book Suggestions
​Books for ages 14+
Thanks for the Trouble
by Tommy Wallach 
The Cellar
by Natasha Preston
We Are Liars
by E. Lockhart
Parker Santé hasn’t spoken a word in five years. While his classmates plan for bright futures, he skips school to hang out in hotels, killing time by watching the guests. But when he meets a silver-haired girl named Zelda Toth, a girl who claims to be quite a bit older than she looks, he’ll discover there just might be a few things left worth living for.

REVIEW:  
This is a wonderful story, with a great twist!  There is love interest, mystery, intrigue and the relationships were believable and not too detailed. I truly enjoyed this book.

RATINGS: 1 - 4 stars) 
(1 being low; 4 being high):
Sexual Reference:  2 Stars
Sexual Activity:  1 Star
Language:  2 Stars 
Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe – that is, until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. No family or police investigation can track her down. Spending months inside the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims being his family…his perfect, pure flowers. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out….

REVIEW:
Wow!  This book is filled with suspense and is a true page-turner!  A tough subject, but it is well written and not vulgar at all. Both YA and adults would love this book!

RATINGS: 1 - 4 stars) 
(1 being low; 4 being high):
Sexual Reference:  3 Stars
Sexual Activity:  2 Star
Language:  2 Stars 

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

RATINGS: 1 - 4 stars) 
(1 being low; 4 being high):
Sexual Reference:  1 Stars
Sexual Activity:  1 Star
Language:  2 Stars