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A Working Stiffs Manifesto- lots of laughs!


Hi Everyone! We had a great wrap up meeting for A Working Stiff’s Manifesto today! Lara, Andrea, Kristin, & I shared our favorite parts of the book over several glasses of champagne 🙂 

We are going with Lara’s suggestion for our next read : 


A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.
With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present. Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.
Place, date, and time for next meeting is still TBD! But we are probably looking at late August. 
Happy reading !!



Busted at Jimmy’s ;)


Hello fellow Book Club Members,

Aside from the sassy waitress busting us for sneaking in more than the 2 bottle max of champagne, yesterday’s meeting was a lot of fun! Thanks to those of you who brought the booze and contributed to the great conversation. We are sorry we missed the rest of you, but hopefully we can get caught up at the next meeting which will be on June 11th at the new restaurant called “Hendrix” in Ocean Ranch (Dana Point). We are going to meet at 12:00pm and discuss our new book, “May Cause Love” over brunch and mimosas, naturally. This is the book written by Liz’s friend, Kassi, about overcoming alcoholism and her abortion while studying abroad in Florence.


check it out here:

See you all in June, if not before 🙂



January 2017


Hi Ladies,

      In Sunday’s meeting at El Adobe, the group decided to have a 2-book option for this month’s read.  (It was also established that Andrea’s New Year’s resolution was to finish the book! ….no pressure, Andrea! 😉 So, without further ado- the next book options are:

The Lifeboat: Charlotte Rogan  Buy it here

“Grace Winter – new bride, new widow, apparently unscathed after 21 days drifting at sea in an overcrowded lifeboat – is a survivor. And survivors, as we all know, can be the most dangerous people of all. Charlotte Rogan’s terrific debut novel opens with a bang, when the ship carrying newlyweds Grace and Henry back to New York after the outbreak of war in Europe suffers an explosion and sinks. Somehow, Grace is squeezed into a departing lifeboat, captained by ship’s officer Mr Hardie, and along with a motley crew of passengers, mostly female, they push away from the wreckage, beating off drowning men and beseeching infants as they go.”


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The Chemist:  The Chemist is the second adult novel by American author, Stephenie Meyer Buy it here

Dr Juliana Fortis has been on the run from her department for three years, ever since they murdered her friend and mentor, Dr Joseph Barnaby. She had a very specialised job, and was very good at it. But she escaped before they could kill her (not that they haven’t tried since then) and she has become very good at staying alive and staying well under the radar. It’s exhausting, being a fugitive, changing her name, her vehicle, her home more often than some people change their socks, but it’s still better than being dead.
But now there’s contact from her former boss, Lowell Carston. An email “Tired of running? Policy has changed. We need you. Would an unofficial apology help? Can we meet? I wouldn’t ask, but lives are on the line. Many, many lives”. The smart thing would be to delete the email, and yet she replies. Maybe she is tired of running. What they’re asking her to do is right up her alley, and she prepares all her safeguards and makes sure she’s in complete control. But something’s just not right with her subject, and she begins to wonder if it is a trap after all. Meyer dedicates her story to Jason Bourne and Aaron Cross, and from the first page, it is easy to see why. Her heroine is extremely resourceful, smart, very inventive and prepared to the point of paranoia. Except paranoia is when you think they’re out to get you: in her case they really are. There is lots of action and quite a bit of violence, but also plenty of laugh-out-loud dialogue and a bit of romance. Meyer sets up her big exciting climax with a delicious irony in place, and a clever twist. This is definitely Meyer’s best yet: a brilliant read.

The game plan will be to meet in March to discuss the books.(location, date and time TBD)  If some of you are feeling very ambitious, maybe you’ll read both! No promises, but I would like to 🙂

Lastly, Lara has offered to host a girls get together on February 19th, to watch HBO’s Big Little Lies (in homage of our very first book club book!). We are thinking about doing a pot luck… so, if you plan on attending let’s determine who would like to bring what! More info by email soon.

Looking forward to the new year and good reads yet to come!



October’s meeting


Hello everyone!

To no one’s surprise, Andrea  delivered a beautiful book-club spread, full of bloody mary’s, mimosas, and breakfast treats! So sorry for those of you who missed it, but you were there in spirit! While discussing the most recent book “All the Missing Girls”, it seemed that it had mixed reviews. The group consensus was that it was a little hard to follow, since it was written in reverse, but I felt like it incited more discussion amongst the group, when compared to some of the other books we have read. I personally really enjoyed the story and liked how the last few “days” were fast paced and tied everything together. Overall, we all agreed that the book contained a few “didn’t see that coming” moments.

I also started to think back to all the stories we have read and was wondering what everyone’s favorites have been? Mine is still The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair. Kristen’s was Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies….which leads us to our next pic!

The next book will Liane Moriarty’s “Truly Madly Guilty” and the meeting will be for us girls only, (sorry babies and boys, you’ll have to plan a football club or something !!;)  at Earth Cafe in Laguna Beach. On November 13th, at 11:00 am. Hope to see everyone there!

August Meeting


In case you missed today’s meeting, we discussed  writing our very own suspense novel to appease our need for a good page turner- which our “choose your own adventure” picks sort of failed to deliver.

Kristin read “The Girls”, which she decided “accurately depicted the psyche of young and impressional ladies and how they could be influenced into joining cults”. What it lacked was the page-turning excitment that she had hoped for.  (I recommended she tries Mills, Jeannie. Six Years with God: Life Inside Reverend Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple.)

My month’s read was “In a Dark, Dark Wood”. A Story about a “hen” (bachelorette) party, gone murderously wrong. Although I really enjoyed this novel, I was hoping for more suspense vs. a “who done it?” type story. Come to find out…Reese Witherspoon is making it into a movie (surprised? …..yeah, me neither..)

Andrea started a book on parenting that discusses leaving your ego at the door, and letting your children become their own individual selves, instead of influencing them into becoming who you think  they should be.

Lara’s book, “Rumors” sounded like a fun summer read! It was a novel about a Nantucket community, where the players had many secrets to hide….and to share….. with each other, willingly, or not!

For the next round, we thought it would be fun to “half-read” a thriller, and then meet to speculate about the story’s resolution. So here’s the plan : Since we have several birthdays in the next month: Liz, Leslie, and Liz’s Husband, Tasso, we thought it would be fun to read half of the book and then speculate on how it ends, while having some celebratory drinks and food. For anyone who is interested in meeting up for this event, we are going to go out in (Laguna Beach, possibly?) on Saturday, September 17th

The book is “All the Missing Girls” by Megan Miranda.

it’s a “spellbinding, psychological, nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearance of two young women= a decade apart- told in reverse…..

S. Summary : It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for herailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched. 

Told backwards- Day 15 to Day 1- from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what REALLY happened to Corinne that night ten years ago 

READ ONLY TO DAY 9 if you’d like to discuss it on September 17th !!! 

If you choose not to/can not make the September event, please don’t fret! We will meet for a girl’s day on October 16th to officially discuss the book (and it’s ending) – 11:00 am at Andrea’s new home in Dana Point! We will do a potluck style event (details to come) 

looking forward to the fall!