Host: California Pizza Kitchen, Emeryville, CA
Date: August 15th, 2011
Book: A Visit From The Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan
Food Theme: California Chain Restaurant Food
For this Book Club we ventured out from our humble abodes to the shiny, commerce laden, Bay Street Shopping Center in Emeryville. We had much to celebrate and much to catch up on. Summer had flown by, many trips had been taken, degrees had been completed, jobs had been secured, and engagements taken place. :-) Our aim was to see the much anticipated movie (okay, not that anticipated) The Help ("You is Kind. You is Smart. You is Important."). A movie based on a book we had read many moons ago. Pizza, salads and pasta were devoured. Six women chatted as quickly and efficiently as possible. Snacks were purchased, and movie seats obtained. I think we dutifully shed a tear or two at the bittersweet parts, and generally agreed that the movie did a nice job depicting the story, and the character's we'd created in our head. Did we discuss A Visit From The Goon Squad? Yes. Did we like it, I think Yes. (Yes, guys?) I liked it at least, and am pretty sure those of us who read it liked it too.
Guess our book club isn't too much about the books . . . or rather, my reflecting on the evening doesn't do our discussion justice. Go figure. Post 2-4 months after you attend an event and see what you remember!
September Book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks