Nov 2016 – The Ghost at the Table by Suzanne Berne

img_0212The one fabulous thing for me about book club (besides reading the book of course) is that you learn about your fellow book club mates.   Enlightening discussions ladies!

Firstly — THANK YOU Miriam (and Clay!) for hosting November book club.  Your home is divine.

I chose The Ghost at the Table by Suzanne Berne mainly because I googled ‘books for thanksgiving reads’ which many came up – this one just grabbed my attention.  I’m glad it made the cut.

Author bio on Suzanne Berne can be found >>HERE<<

For book club discussion questions click <<HERE>>

Everyone enjoyed the book —  we can all relate to being raised in the same house and having completely different experiences.  Your reality of childhood is yours alone.   The birth order came into play as well – Helen very bright first-born – Frances middle child – golden child (per father) – the baby Cynthia – creative, sensitive – left out of the realm of a fathers love.  The mother on her death-bed most of their lives.   Then the question surround the death.

I personally loved the image of Frances and Walter’s home in New England.  Dreamy.

We went around the room asking ‘a Thanksgiving memory from childhood and what are your plans this year?’  Without divulging ‘book club secrets – ahem’ – some of the highlights were ‘smoking in the attic, the talking table, death-bed, monopoly cheaters’ .

I also pulled the top Thanksgiving movies off Google.  They are:

  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Alice’s Restaurant
  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
  • The Big Chill
  • Hannah and her Sisters
  • Planes, Trains, Automobiles
  • Dutch
  • Scent of a Woman
  • Grumpy Old Men
  • The Ice Storm
  • You’ve Got Mail
  • Home for the Holidays
  • Pieces of April
  • Funny People
  • Tadpole

From our home to yours — have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Cheers!

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