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Sunday, July 12, 2015

A Lavish Literary Luncheon




Hello dear friends.  I hope you all are having a great weekend.  Ours has been a lot of fun - we enjoyed a couple of great lunches on the water and the Mister was in his element noshing on fried clams, his favorite.  The weather has been spectacular.

I want to take a minute to thank all of you who took the time to write a helpful note concerning Chili's anxiety issues.  I really appreciate it.  I will fill you in on more later this week.  






A couple of months ago, while I was in Chatham with the Mister, I visited the darling Where The Sidewalk Ends Bookstore.  It is located in a two-story antique barn with an attached Children's Annex full of educational books and imagination enriching toys for young children.  The lady who worked at the store was lovely and gave me a list of literary luncheons sponsored by the store.  Talk about making my day!  I practically skipped out of the store with that list in my hot little hands. It included some of my favorite authors.  A lot of the lunches were happening when we were going to be away, but the one I was most anxious to attend was at the perfect time.

I called upon my partner in crime, Anne, otherwise known as my new bff.  Anne and her Mister are voracious readers.  Anne was delighted to go and had just finished a couple of  Beatriz Williams' (guest author) books.   




So we hopped in the car on Thursday, which incidentally was an absolutely gorgeous day.  We arrived at Wequassett Resort and Golf Club just in the nick of time to pick up our tickets and find a table.


The Resort is positively breathtaking with its lush landscaping and a view of pure beauty. 







Every one of these books sold in a matter of minutes. 


I told you the view was beyond compare.








Can you imagine spending the day devouring a good book in one of these Adirondack chairs?  Be still my heart...




This fabulous mother/daughter dynamic duo are Joanne Doggart and Caitlin Doggart-Bernal, the owners of Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookstore and were responsible for putting together this dream of a day.  They have arranged five literary luncheons for this summer.  Some of the guest authors included Elin Hilderbrand, Nancy Thayer, Lisa Genova, and Alice Hoffman.  I wish I could have gone to every one of them!





Hotel Moscow is Talia's fourth book.  She spoke of her childhood in Tel Aviv and briefly of her research of post-communist Russia for her book.  The novel centers around a woman who is the daughter of Holocaust survivors.  The woman loses her job and she decides to travel to Russia and finds herself smack dab in the middle of a mafia conspiracy.  My palms are sweating already!  Talia was formally the publisher of Savvy Magazine and a contributor to Redbook.  








No question about it, Anjali Mitter Duva is a brilliant woman.  She grew up in Paris and completed her graduate studies in urban studies and civil engineering at MIT.  Faint Promise of Rain is Anjali's debut novel and tells the story of a family of Hinder temple dancers in the 16th Century.  She closed her talk doing a beautiful reading from her book.   






I was very excited to hear Beatriz Williams speak.  I am presently reading her last book, A Hundred Summers, which I absolutely love.  You can tell that Beatriz enjoys the art of story telling. While whetting our appetite for her newest book, her eyes lit up telling us just enough about Tiny Little Thing to make us all want to cut in line and be the first to nab a copy off the book table.  OK, maybe I'm just speaking for myself.  Tiny Little Thing is a story about a political family living in Massachusetts in the 1960's.  They have 3 daughters and one of them, Tiny, has a very big secret.  Beatriz got me so excited, I started to get heart palpitations.  Talk about right up my alley!  Need I tell you what I'm reading next?






Jane Green has written many great books and I have read a lot of them.  I have enjoyed every single one of them.  Jane's newest release, Summer Secrets revolves around a woman who abuses alcohol and harbors a secret from her past.  A lot of the book takes place on Nantucket.  I can hardly wait to open the first page of this one.  Another one right up my alley.  Jane Green is a very entertaining speaker.  Her depreciating humor and raw honesty rocked the house.  Jane shared stories about her battle with cancer,  divorce, and re-marriage.  If she lived near me, I would stalk her until she became my friend.  





As if the day was not perfect enough, we stopped at one of Anne's favorite vegetable stands on the Cape.  Doesn't it look like it could be in a Nancy Meyers movie? 

Hope you have a wonderful week.  
Have you read any good books lately?

Until next time...


Dogs on Cape Cod





Katie Clooney
Katie Clooney

I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.

20 comments:

  1. Can I be your BFF. You have such fun and do the neatest things! Envy!

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    1. Would love it!! Can't have enough bffs. Have a great week!!

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  2. How fabulous Katie! I haven't read any books by Beatriz Williams, but look forward to taking a look at all of them.

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  3. I just downloaded the samples of the Jane Green and Beatriz Williams' books onto my Kindle...I love that I have the option to read a portion of the books before purchasing. You have the best recommendations! I've read a good many Jane Green books and enjoyed them all. Looks like you had a fabulous weekend.

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  4. Can I be your BFF too?! Thanks for the book recommendations! Love your blog and always look forward to your posts

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    1. Absotively! There's always room for one more bff in my life. Enjoy your week!

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  5. What a fun day on the Cape! The literary luncheon sounds terrific. You and Anne are fortunate to live nearby and pop over to the Cape for the day.
    I've vacationed at the Wequasset Resort - lovely. A great setting for the literary luncheon.
    Stay cool... and when you get hot, remember just how cold you were last winter - and it will seem more pleasant.

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    1. Hi Paige! Over the weekend, I took pics of all the blooming around the house so I could look at them in the dead of winter! So glad that we got air conditioning in the bedroom. Hope you're having a great summer. And I will write back to your email today!

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  6. Fun day and what a treat to hear not one but four authors, I too have read Jane Green books and didn't know she had a new one..will check it out too. Thanks for taking us along on your literary adventure!

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  7. Two of my fave authors...Beatriz Williams and Jane Green! It sounds like a perfect day!! Have a wonderful week! xoxo

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  8. Hi Katie...alliteration aside in the title (love it)...if for some reason, the Super Model Trophy Wife gig you have going on right now doesn't pan out, you definitely have a second career in the book review/author study world. Picture-perfect post...can see myself sitting and reading on one of those adorable Adirondack chairs. Suggestion for new job title: Glamorous Goddess guides gentle gals & guys toward wonderful works of writing. I suppose you could still keep the Mister, he seems a happy, handsome husband.

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  9. What a wonderful way to spend the day and in an absolutely gorgeous setting. Thank you for sharing and allowing us to enjoy it vicariously through your blog.

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    1. Thank you, JM, for taking the time to read my blog! Enjoy your week!!

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  10. What a wonderful luncheon! looks like so much fun! xo K

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  11. Sounds like fun, and what a fantastic venue! Lucky dog! (oops, just saw that darling little dog photo at the end. Awwwwwwwww. Does he need a babysitter??)

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  12. A perfect day indeed! I have bookmarked this post for future reference. Thanks for such great reading recommendations. Hoping Chili is doing better...

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  13. Dear Katie
    How lovely to spend such a great day, in may I say...spectacular surroundings....just beautiful, you are making me wish for the sea air and one of the good books to relax with!
    Over here it is all in the news about the much anticipated lost and found novel by Harper Lee, soon to be making its debut.

    I hope you are recovering from your long journey, and enjoying the lovely memories of your trip. Every time I hear Moon River, I think of you dancing at your wedding....

    I hope the sun is shining for you and the dogs are being good ( they look angelic on IG :)
    Sally x x x

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    1. Hello Sweet Sally! So good to hear from you across the pond. I think of you often. Please drop me a note.

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  14. What a lovely way to spend a day!! What a thrill to meet the authors of some of your favorite books! Hope Chili is OK. I will see you next week!

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  15. WOW -- now that is an event I want to attend! Look forward to reading your book suggestions too. I read AJ Fikry at your suggestion and loved it. Ready for another soon -- thanks for the hot-off-the-presses tips, Katie!

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