Discussion questions for The Dovekeepers and a note from the author can be found HERE


Discussion Questions for The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

HERE are the discussion questions for The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. If you want to visit the website for the book, you can find it HERE.


Bluestocking Centennial

The Bluestocking Society has met 100 times!  Thanks, Erin, for a wonderful centennial celebration!



Kitchen House

Thanks, Ann, for an evening with such attention to detail and a scrumptious dinner...better than anything they could have whipped up in the Kitchen House.  :) 

Lavinia's bird nest collection.

Lavinia gets her own doll.

A meal fit for the big house.


The Kitchen House

HERE is the reader's guide for our May book; there's also a Q&A with the author.  See y'all on the 17th! 


Half Broke Horses

HERE are some discussion questions for our next book.  There are three questions that address parallels to The Glass Castle, which I found interesting.



Some of us really liked Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and others...not so much. That's okay; it made for an interesting discussion.

We DID, however, agree that the food was amazing.

a bluestocking tradition 

(If you are playing along at home, recipes are HERE and HERE.)


We were delighted with photographs of peculiar Bluestockings.

we loved ourselves as the peculiars

After our discussion of the book, we took turns sharing stories about our own peculiar relatives. Trust me, there were some doozies!



The Bluestocking Society is anticipating its 100th meeting in July!  No fireworks are planned, but I imagine we might just take a few minutes to remember the awesome AND awful selections we've made over the years!



01/19/12 - pb - Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
02/17-19/12 - retreat - The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
03/22/12 - cc - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
04/19/12 - mc - Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
05/17/12 - as - The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
06/21/12 - aw - Night Road - Kristen Hannah
07/12/12 - ew - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
08/16/12 - jc - The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
09/20/12 - kb - The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
10/18/12 - pb - The Cove by Ron Rash
11/15/12 - cc - 1984 by George Orwell
12/13/12 - mc - Wishin' and Hopin' by Wally Lamb


2012 Retreat

See those empty spots in the middle?
Imagine Ann, Jean, and Mary Ann sitting there.
We missed the Bluestockings who weren't with us and there were a few bumps along the way (some literal).  However, we did manage to accomplish our literary and culinary goals for the weekend!


Our Artist

Ann had already left and Chanon not yet arrived, but Erin rounded up some Bluestockings who were at the opening reception for Tea for Three, featuring our very own Mary Ann!