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A Book Club Tea Party

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My book club meets once a month. Each time, we meet at a different member's house and try to cook together (usually along the theme of whatever book we're reading.) This month, we met at my house. And since we were discussing The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (which takes place in the United Kingdom) I thought it'd be fun to go with a "tea party" theme.

It must have been a while since I've had guests, because I went all out on the table decor. I made a table runner out of old book pages and then stacked hardcover books around to add some height. It was also fun to pull out the old, mismatched china (collected from thrift stores) that we used at our wedding reception.

But, even better was the conversation that the book encouraged. It follows the story of a 16 year old girl (in the early 20th century) who is, well, different. She doesn't want to get married, she wants to finish school, and *gasp* she dreams of traveling! After a series of unfortunate events, her parents lock her away in an insane asylum where she spends the next 60 years. Ultimately, it brings up some interesting commentary on women's rights (which, as we all know, is very near and dear to my heart) and looks at how far we've come (or haven't come?) since the 1930s. I'd highly recommend it.

What books have you been reading lately? Anything interesting?


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