April Book Discussion

We are holding this a week later (1st May) because of Easter/Anzac Day. Books are Cooking With Fernet Branca by James Hamilton-Paterson and Room by Emma Donoghue.
Cooking With Fernet Branca: Gerald Samper, an effete English snob, has his own private hilltop in Tuscany, where he wiles away his time working as a ghostwriter for celebrities and inventing wholly original culinary concoctions-including ice cream made with garlic and the bitter, herb-based liqueur of the book's title. Gerald's idyll is shattered by the arrival of Marta, on the run from a crime-riddled former Soviet republic. A series of hilarious misunderstandings brings this odd couple into ever closer and more disastrous proximity.
Room: is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work. Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

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  • leonie

    I've become a rsvp uncertain - not sure I will be able to get there in time

    May 1

  • Cathy

    I think we should vote on what is the most nauseating concoction that Gerald Samper creates in 'Cooking with Fernet Branca'. So far I'm tossing up between liver sorbet or rhubarb and sardine chutney. Eeew!

    March 20

    • leonie

      As I think you can never go wrong with sardines, it'll have to be the liver sorbet

      March 20

    • James S.

      The drink itself sounds pretty horrible - apparently only bartenders get used to it. http://www.metrowize....­

      April 2

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