Category Archives: books we want to read

August’s meeting: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

This month is comedy month. Comedy is subjective, I know. This was evidenced by the fact that I got ONE recommendation. So I made up a list. At least it guaranteed a book I wanted to read was chosen! The winner this month was

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

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David Sedaris’ move to Paris from New York inspired these hilarious pieces, including the title essay, about his attempts to learn French from a sadistic teacher who declares that every day spent with you is like having a caesarean section. His family is another inspiration. You Can’t Kill the Rooster is a portrait of his brother, who talks incessant hip-hop slang to his bewildered father. And no one hones a finer fury in response to such modern annoyances as restaurant meals presented in ludicrous towers of food and cashiers with six-inch fingernails. 

Other choices for this month were:

  • Diary of a nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
  • The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  • Right Ho, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse
  • What in God’s name by Simon Rich
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July’s book: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

This month is food month. Books about food, authors with food names, food featuring heavily, food you like to eat when you read the book etc. The winner this month was

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

The day Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison opened the Whistle Stop Cafe, the town took a turn for the better. It was the Depression and that cafe was a home from home for many of us. You could get eggs, grits, bacon, ham, coffee and a smile for 25 cents. Ruth was just the sweetest girl you ever met. And Idgie? She was a character, all right. You never saw anyone so headstrong. But how anybody could have thought she murdered that man is beyond me.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is a mouth-watering tale of love, laughter and mystery. It will lift your spirits and above all it’ll remind you of the secret to life: friends.

Other choices for this month were:

  • Delicious! by Ruth Reichi
  • A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
  • Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller
  • The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  • Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas
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