Friday, April 25, 2014

April Book Club




We arrived at book club to a beautifully set table in shades of gold; very warm and welcoming. We were all looking forward to discussing the book and as sometimes happens, small discussions began to break out over a book we were excited to talk about. But, those discussions were saved for later, because our hostess had a lovely dinner prepared for us to enjoy and we poured a glass of wine and gathered around the table together.



We enjoyed a beautiful springtime menu of crab cakes, a layered salad with peas and fresh asparagus. It was light and delicious and looked so pretty, when served. Sitting around the table together is something we enjoy so much and we have been treated to delicious meals over the years.



And just look at this dessert - a coconut cake that was moist and full of flavor, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. We were definitely spoiled by our hostess!



Our book in April was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and it lent itself to a very lively discussion. Henrietta Lacks was a poor, black women who died of cervical cancer in 1951. Her cancer cells were the first cells to reproduce in a laboratory and to this day are still being used for medical research. This is the story of her life, the medical history of the cells and how her uneducated family was unaware of her medical history and how her cells were being used. It was very interesting from a medical ethics point of view.

Have a wonderful weekend!



  1. You have the Best Friends Book Club ever!
    Thank you for one more book selection!

  2. Vicki, what a lovely meal! How I envy you your book club. I've tried to get one off the ground a couple of times, but it never "stuck."

  3. What a fabulous dinner. And yes, I so envy your book club.

  4. Nice to meet you! What a lovely table! And the food looks yummy! I read the Paris Wife, too and it was a good one! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. You have the best book club every! Hadn't heard of this book, but I will put it on my list. Have a great weekend!

  6. Looks like a great book club!! I have that book on my list to read.

  7. That book was so great! Your book club looks fabulous. We have one at our library but alas no food or wine.
    I just finished "Sarah's Key". If you haven't read it it would make an absolutely terrific book club book. I really love historical fiction and this was one of the best I've read.
    Our book club selection was "Angela's Ashes", honestly I couldn't finish it. I just was in the mood. I know he won a Pulitzer but I just coulnt get into it.

  8. We are reading twins! But your book club table is always more elegant than mine;)

  9. I just discovered your wonderful blog this morning!! Our book club has read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks..........isn't her story amazing and shocking at the same time?? I look forward in reviewing all the books you have read! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Good friends, good food (that cake looks wonderful), and a good book~~~how could you not have a lovely time!!!

  11. This book sounds so interesting. I was watching a piece on 60 Minutes about this story a couple of weeks ago. Didn't realize it had turned into a book.

    I'm reading The Aviators Wife thanks to your recommendation. Really enjoying it.

  12. Our club does a to do like this once every couple months, it's so much fun. We are reading Strange Birth by Julian Stone, It's been an interesting read for our group as most of us were young in the 50's. It's about the television boom in the 1950's and centers around the networks in NYC at the time. This book on Lacks looks incredible, I will suggest it to my group as our next read!


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