01/17/08 - pb - The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
02/15-17/08 - retreat - A Diverse Collection of Biographies
03/20/08 - aw - Snow Flour and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
04/17/08 - jc - The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer
05/15/08 - as - The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom
06/18/08 - mc - The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big-Ass Novel by Jill C. Browne
07/24/08 - kb - The Ruins by Scott Smith
08/14/08 - cc - Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
09/11/08 - aw - Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
10/09/08 - pb - Good Family by Terry Gamble
11/06/08 - mc - The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
12/11/08 - as - The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson


November Update

It's official; our November meeting has been changed from the 13th to the 6th at Mary Ann's. Mark your calendars now!


When you finish a book...

...you might want to make a sculpture out of it. Click on the picture to see more of the bittersweet art of cutting up books.


Bluestocking Retreat Uniform

Some have already ordered their retreat uniform...yay! I'm going to go ahead and put it out there, though: I refuse to wear a red hat!


Eradicate Monkey Mind

After our discussion of Eat, Pray, Love, you might want to try a short guided meditation. Honestly, it's a great investment of eight minutes.


New Book with Bluestocking Connection

This book - just published - is by a cousin of Lee Huff, Molly's husband. Thanks for telling us about it, Ann! Amazon has it (as of today still a pre-order) for $10.17.
From the publisher's website (click on book for link): Emma Mosley is a dreamer who seems to be wishing on someone else’s star. You'd think that meeting the love of your life would make you wonderfully happy. The problem is that he belongs to someone else—her boss! Then Emma is forced into working for a nasty politician, and we wonder if she can keep it together. With a few more surprises, including a love triangle and a shocking political scandal, Emma's world falls apart, and she learns that sometimes you just have to swallow your pride and admit that you need someone.


Another Promising Book

Joshilyn Jackson, author of Between, Georgia, writes about this book and talks to the author. Click on the book to check it out.


Recommended Books

Click on the book covers for more information. Cold Rock RiverThose Who Save Us
*update* Cold Rock River May 2009 Selection


Getting Ready for September

Remember the two things we discussed at August's meeting:
Be thinking about how we'll celebrate our 5th anniversary in April.
Bring a Christmas ornament for the 'needy'.


Great Quote from Flannery O'Connor

When I’m asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it’s because we are still able to recognize one. –Flannery O’Connor



This produces an interesting graphic when you supply the words... http://wordle.net/


Water for Elephants

If you need the discussion questions, look under "Our Next Book" on the right for a link.


Book Worm News

The Book Worms have launched a blogspot! The Bluestockings are very proud that these little girls are learning to love reading at such an early age; click on the Book Worm at left to learn more.


Caelan's Band of Book Worms

If you missed Joe Courson's marvelous WALB segment on Caelan Collins and her fellow book clubbers, you can click on Caelan's picture to read it. For those of you who prefer a video, Chanon has the DVD. Just think, our legacy is safe!


Queen for a Day

Yes, we do enjoy following through with the theme of a book...congratulations to Angie for best dressed, to Mary Ann for best hostess, to Jean for most fun hair, to Kay for best scepter, to Ann for most colorful, and to Chanon for best sash.


Homework Video #1 - Why Be A Sweet Potato Queen?

Homework Video #2 - Big-Ass Novel Background Information

Extra Credit Video - The Sweet Potato Queens and Friends at the 2008 Mal's St. Patrick's Day Parade

Answers to Homework for May

If you could only have five books, what five books would you choose?
In no particular order and not attributed to any particular Bluestocking, here are some of the books we listed (I told you we were an eclectic group!):

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
a poetry anthology
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Webster's Dictionary
Roget's Thesaurus
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Lucky's Lady by Tami Hoag
The Bible
Gift From the Sea by Ann Morrow Lindbergh
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Military Brats: Life Inside the Fortress by Mary Edwards Wertsch
Grendel by John Gardner
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Oxford English Dictionary
Norton Anthology
a medical reference book
The Complete Works of Shakespeare
a cookbook