Tonight is our bi-monthly “Babes Under the Covers” Book Club. Our last club met at Kristi’s house back in March, to discuss Birds of Paradise by Diane Abu-Jaber. (Side note on Kristi, she’s a librarian…..the purdiest librarian you ever did see, and not only can this gal keep her periodical indexes in order she can cook up a gol-dern storm too!)
Where do I begin to tell you about this book? Keep in mind, I’m just a mom that is giving you my opionon on a book and relaying the general opinion of the other BUCs (Babes under Covers). We chose this book because of it’s rave reviews, and high star ratings on several different book club sites, and book lists.
“A full course meal, a rich, complex and memorable story that will leave you lingering gratefully at [Abu-Jabers] table.” Ron Charles Washington Post
Ron did you read this book???? Just saying….. there is no way anyone of these reviewers that gave this book rave reviews could have actually read the book.
I actually couldn’t bring my self to finish it. I got within 20 pages and said NO MORE, thank you.
The description below may intrigue you:
At thirteen, Felice Muir ran away from home to punish herself for some horrible thing she had done—leaving a hole in the hearts of her pastry-chef mother, her real estate attorney father, and her foodie-entrepreneurial brother. After five years of scrounging for food, drugs, and shelter on Miami Beach, Felice is now turning eighteen, and she and the family she left behind must reckon with the consequences of her actions—and make life-affirming choices about what matters to the most, now and in the future.
Here is what Amazon had to say:
A multilayered, beautifully textured novel about family and self, self-indulgence and generosity, against the vivid backdrop of contemporary Miami.
She found her recipes at 3 Cuban Guys website. They were fabuloSO! We gobbled them right up we did, we did, and then we moved on to the Chocolate filled empanadas, served with hot fudge and caramel sauce. This is what you call crazy goodness! The secret to these little guys is in the phone number….yup I said phone number, if you have an On the Border you can do a 1 ringy dingy, 2 ringy dingy, and so on and so forth to order yourself their dessert empanadas. They are simply to die for. So good I don’t think I would ever bother trying to make them on my own!
Overall: The Babes gave this book a thumbs down, the only Babe that said she liked it wasn’t able to come and defend the book. I will reiterate that the story idea was intriguing, and had skads of potential, to bad Abu-Jaber couldn’t have a do over.
Details of the night: I think I kinda gave you the scoop already.
Tonight we are meeting to discuss Steven Kings 11-22-63. FYI I loved this book!
July Book Club: Miss Peregine’s Home for Peculiar Children….wonder what sort of chow we will have for that book club? I would love for you to join me in reading this book!
What is on your Summer Reading list?
Melissa M says
I will be reading Miss Peregrine’s with you – though I think I have read it already.
I loved new author Meagan Donohue’s “How to Eat a Cupcake”. My only disappointment with this book? No recipes! If you read it, you will understand.
Melissa M says
Oh! Thanks for the link to “3 Cuban Guys”! I lived in Miami for 20 years and my whole family misses Cuban food – a lot!
I havent’ heard of that book! Sounds delicious….but I agree, I always want a recipe or two! So excited you are reading Miss P’s with me. We will have to email each other our thoughts or we can just go back in forth here in the comments for everyones reading pleasure ; ).
Melissa M says
Good idea – I’ll have to make a library run soon!
Thanks for the warning about “Birds of Paradise.” : ) I’m going to read “Lonesome Dove” this summer, but “Miss Peregrine’s” is on my list.