Our book club meets once a month in the Parlor. All are welcome. Choose one book each month, or read both.
The books this month are:
The Dirty Life – Kristin Kimball (Non-Fiction)
Kimball and her husband had a plan: to grow everything needed to feed a community. It was an ambitious idea, a bit romantic, and it worked. Every Friday evening, all year round, a hundred people travel to Essex Farm to pick up their weekly share of the “whole diet”–beef, pork, chicken, milk, eggs, maple syrup, grains, flours, dried beans, herbs, fruits, and forty different vegetables–produced by the farm. The work is done by draft horses instead of tractors, and the fertility comes from compost. Kimball’s vivid descriptions of landscape, food, cooking–and marriage–are irresistible.
The Alice Network – Kate Quinn (Historical Fiction)
The year is 1947. Charlie’s posh Bennington College existence gets derailed by an unwanted pregnancy. Her domineering French mother hauls her off to Europe, heading for a clinic that will take care of her “Little Problem”. En route, Charlie hatches an alternative plan – to track down her beloved cousin Rose. Shedding the overbearing chaperone of a mother, Charlie sets off to find Rose. A year into the Great War (WWI), Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she’s trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the “Queen of Spies”, who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose. At the heart of Quinn’s telling is the true story of the covert Alice Network, through which courageous men and women infiltrated the German lines in rural France.