Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Bluestockings Book Club recap

Last Thursday we discussed Pat Cunningham Devoto's novel, 'My Last Days as Roy Rogers'. This story is set in an Alabama town in the early 1950s during the last polio summer before the Salk vaccine, ten-year-old Tabitha "Tab" Rutland is about to have the time of her life. Although movie theaters and pools have been closed to stem the epidemic, Tab, a tomboy with a passion for Roy Rogers, still seeks adventure with her best friend Maudie May, "the lightest brown colored person" she knows. Now as they meddle with the local bootlegger, Mr. Jake, row out on the Tennessee River to land the biggest catfish ever, and snoop into the town's darkest secrets, Tab sets out to be a hero...and comes of age in an unforgettable confrontation with human frailty, racial injustice, and the healing power of love.

We gave it 3 out of 5 stockings. There are 2 followup books Out of the Night That Covers Me and The Summer We Got Saved. We discussed the times of polio, race relations in the south during segregation and the joy of youth. However we all wanted a little more from the story. But it was a good discussion and sweet and southern savory treats were enjoyed by all.

To see what else we're reading check out this page.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Tales of Charles Dickens

I'm a week late in posting this, but if you're interested in the fascinating tales of Charles Dickens or you just want to see Matthew Macfayden with bangs in Little Dorit, check out the Masterpiece Theater schedule. Oliver Twist Part 1 began last week but the different tales will continue on through May 3rd with David Copperfield, Little Dorit and Old Curiosity Shop.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Dead and Gone Chapter 1 is up

For all you Sookie fans out there the first chapter for the next installment of the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris is up on her website. The new book is called 'Dead and Gone' and will be out in May 2009.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

BlueStockings Book Club

DATE: Thursday, Feb 19 at 10:30 in the Meeting Room
BOOK: My Last Days as Roy Rogers by Pat Cunningham Devoto

Join us in a discussion of this book, new people are always welcome.
For a summary of this book and some discussion questions click here.

For any questions about the meeting please contact Michelyn at or 439-5510.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


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