A VIRTUOUS WOMAN by Kaye Gibbons

  • March 9, 2014 · 12:00 PM
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 Join us for this month's Books, Brunch, & Babyboomers (BB&B) meet-up. Relax and laugh with some great women while munching on a yummy brunch and discussing our current book. Our books are recommended by our members throughout the year and our reading list is put together at the end of each year based on the list of recommendations. 

RSVPs open at noon for members on February 7th.

A Virtuous Woman- Kaye Gibbons 

Jack Stokes and Ruby Pitt weave this strong, tightly knit love story in alternating chapters that begin when Jack, grieving over Ruby's death four months earlier, evokes the past. In flashbacks, the two richly cadenced Southern voices explore their vastly differing backgrounds, troubled histories and their unlikely but loving marriage. Born into a proud, prominent country family, coddled and adored, Ruby stuns her parents and two brothers by inexplicably running off with John Woodrow, a migrant worker who savagely abuses her. When John is killed in a brawl, Ruby, too proud to ask her family for help, begins doing housework for the wealthy Hoover family, where she meets Jack, a laconic, immensely capable tenant farmer on the Hoover land. He is 40; she is 20. Both lonely and vulnerable, they regard each other cautiously, carry on a wary courtship and embark on a firmly grounded marriage. The union is enriched by a small, supportive circle of friends, who, like the couple's landlord, Burr, are sharply etched and convincingly drawn. Gibbons, author of the critically praised Ellen Foster , has written a vivid, unsentimental, powerful novel.

Please bring a dish for the book group brunch. If you know what you'll be bringing please post it in the comment box when you RSVP.

 2014 Wait List and Cancellation Policy: Please be respectful of our members on the waiting list and cancel your reservations by Friday event for our Sunday book group. Members with frequent no shows and/or later or frquent cancellations will be moved to the wait list to give priority to our members who consistenty honor their reservations and to those people on the wait list and our many newcomers who'd like to come to our book discussions.

There is a $1.00 Meet-up fee collected at each meeting.

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  • Leslie

    Discussion surpassed by expectations today as at first reading I didn't love the book. But it grew on me. The people in the group are fabulous and it was great to welcome Brenda and Mara-terrific additions.

    March 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just to add to Leslie Effman's directions to my house, when you turn onto Bellview Road you are going to go up about 2 blocks. My house is on the left hand intersection of Bellview and Bald Mountain Road. The house is light tan with dark blue shutters, Ranch style home.

    March 8, 2014

  • Connie L.

    Don't forget to set your clocks ahead so we all get there at the same time.

    March 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Connie!

      March 5, 2014

    • Lisa

      Yes thank you Connie. I didn't know.

      March 5, 2014

  • Karen D.

    I'm going to bring baba ganoush-eggplant spread. Look forward to seeing everyone!

    March 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh that sounds good; looking forward to it!

      March 5, 2014

  • Lynn S.

    Leslie, I'll bring bread and oj.

    March 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Lynn!

      March 5, 2014

  • Brenda B.

    What do you need? I could bring a sesame noodle veggie dish. Brenda

    March 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Whatever you would like to bring Brenda!

      March 5, 2014

  • Laura M.

    I am going to bring assorted munchies- nuts, cheese, crackers, etc.

    March 4, 2014

  • Leslie

    I'll bring a green salad.

    March 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ewww. Vegetables???? Hee hee

      1 · March 4, 2014

  • marjorie P.

    I'll bring fruit

    March 4, 2014

  • Lisa

    I am bringing bacon to go with Kelley's egg and potato casserole.

    March 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I also need a bottle of orange juice to go with the champagne!

    March 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be making a vegetable beef stew. If anyone wants to bring bread or drinks I would appreciate it.

    March 1, 2014

  • Paula

    Hi Ladies, Unfortunately I will need to back out of this meeting :( I am going to be out of town for a family event. Enjoy the conversation and I hope to meet up with you next month.

    March 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think I'll make a potato egg casserole.

    February 24, 2014

    • Leslie

      That sounds so yummy.

      February 24, 2014

  • Jeannine

    I'm baking a cake.

    February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What is the cut off number for members attending a meeting? Do I need to be perched and waiting to rsvp in order to get into one?

    February 9, 2014

    • Leslie

      Limit is between 10-14 depending on what each hostess can accommodate and what allows for good conversation. Perching may be advisable.

      February 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Addendum;
    I cannot open the Address/Directions file. Is there another way for me to access the directions?

    February 9, 2014

    • Leslie

      Sandra- March is full at this time but if you sign up you'll be placed on the waiting list. The directions take ages to open once you access the files and select the one you want so be patient and it will eventually open.

      February 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi!
    I would like to attend the March meeting. I can let you know what dish I will bring when it gets a little closer to the meeting!
    Kaye Gibbons is one of my favorite authors.

    February 9, 2014

  • Brenda B.

    It's 12 :02 on February 7 and it has been saying RSVP's closed. But has 7 attending and 5 left?..

    February 7, 2014

    • Leslie

      Glad you figuredf it out. The 7 attending already are the organizers and the hostess. I guess RSVPs opened 12:03? Glad you made it.

      February 7, 2014

  • Brenda B.

    Figured it out and made it. Whew!, Brenda

    February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Always open to new reads...look forward to my first book group get together.

    February 5, 2014

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