A Bluestocking Country Christmas

Wine by the bonfire, a delicious meal, and a cozy farmhouse setting...what a perfect night it was for the Bluestockings. Thanks, Erin!


Spooky - Three Graves and Missing Three

Thanks to Angie for a wonderfully ghoulish meal (and the dessert was amazing)! We were missing a few Bluestockings (check out the sad, empty plate); hope we can all be together next month at Ann's for The Sisterhood by Helen Bryan (only 3.99 for Kindle now). 


Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason

Couldn't find any discussion questions but did run across THIS, which explains her inspiration for the book.


No Ordinary Time: Assignments

Assignments for Chapter Reports:
1-3 -- Jean
4-6 -- 
7-9 -- Ann
10-12 -- 
13-15 -- Angie
16-18 -- Kay
19-21 -- 
22-25 -- Pendy


Vanessa Diffenbaugh

For more on our author read THIS and for some background on her interest in the topic upon which our book is based, watch THIS.


The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Normally, we discuss our book during dinner; this one didn't wait! So many interesting personalities, cultural references, and mayhem that we stayed on topic all evening. Our meal was amazing and dessert was tie-dyed cheesecake! Chanon even gifted each Bluestocking with a tie-dyed shirt, which I am sure will be seen when we are on retreat this winter. :)

our table

shirt detail


The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

one of the many photos
 I took of
Little Dancer Aged Fourteen

HERE are the discussion questions (scroll down past the Q&A with the author).

She has some interesting background, including her research, HERE.  

When Kate and I were in Boston five years ago, the bronze casting at the MFA  was one of the most fascinating things I saw. I spent quite a bit of time circling and studying this exhibit.


Shadow on the Crown

Our meeting for April has been postponed until 4/25 - more time for me to decide whether to buy hardback or kindle version. The kindle is easier to read but I do love putting Post-Its in a hardback.

At any rate, our book DOES have questions, as well as a brief summary and author interview. It is also the first of a planned trilogy.


The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Our book for March has a website with discussion questions and lots more to explore: fact vs fiction, a timeline, and photo gallery.


Retreat 2013

We missed the two Bluestockings who were not with us, but we DID enjoy ourselves at the 2013 Retreat. We managed to choose our books for the rest of the year without sacrificing food, beverage, and talk.



01/24/13 - aw (for as) - The Grave Gourmet by Alexander Campion
2/15-17/12 - retreat - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
3/21/13 - as (for aw) - The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
4/25/13 - ew - Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell
5/16/13 - kb - A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson 
6/20/13 - pb - The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
7/18/13 - cc - The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
8/15/13 - mc (for jc) - The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
9/19/13 - jc ( for mc) - No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin
10/17/13 - aw (for as) - Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason
11/21/13 - as (for aw) - The Sisterhood by Helen Bryan
12/19/13 - ew - The Christmas Chronicles by Tim Slover


Gone Girl Reading Guide

Gone Girl (Flynn): Our Reading Guide for Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn includes Book Club Discussion Questions, Book Reviews, Plot Summary-Synopsis and Author Bio.

Bluestocking (Grand) Baby Boom

In a span of about three weeks, three Bluestocking daughters had babies!