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July Book Club Meeting, Alternative Meeting

  • Nordstrom Marketplace Cafe

    10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD (map)

    39.217147 -76.863581

  • The July book is Fifty Acres and a Poodle: A Story of Love, Livestock, and Finding Myself on a Farm by Jeanne Marie Laskas. Jeanne Marie Laskas had dreams of life on a farm that she couldn't get out of her head. A dream of fleeing her otherwise happy urban life for fresh air and open space. A dream she would discover was about something more profound than that. A dream she never ever expected to come true. Until a hot summer afternoon led to a drive in the country, where a place that had existed only in her fantasies turned out to be real—and for sale.

     

    In the past, people have frequently been disappointed because they had read the book but "LIFE" interrupted their plans to attend the Thursday night discussion. For July we will offer 2 discussions on the book: 1 discussion at the normal time on Thursday, July 18 and 1 discussion on Saturday, July 20. Choose the date/time that best fits your schedule: attend one or attend both.

     

    Since our discussion is held at the Nordstrom Market Cafe, I plan on enjoying breakfast during our discussion. Eating or drinking is optional but I certainly plan on enjoying something to eat and drink during our discussion. The Nordstrom Market Cafe is located on the second floor of Norstroms in the Columbia Mall.

     


    Synopsis


    Jeanne Marie Laskas had dreams of life on a farm that she couldn't get out of her head. A dream of fleeing her otherwise happy urban life for fresh air and open space. A dream she would discover was about something more profound than that. A dream she never ever expected to come true. Until a hot summer afternoon led to a drive in the country, where a place that had existed only in her fantasies turned out to be real--and for sale.

     

    The place is almost too perfect to be believed, but there it is: a pretty-as-a-picture-postcard farm, with an Amish barn, a chestnut grove, and vistas so beautiful, they take her breath away. And in that moment she knows that this is the spot where her future begins. So she drags her boyfriend Alex, a committed urban dweller with zero agricultural awareness who owns a poodle, into her scheme, hoping that love will somehow conquer all.

     

    But buying a postcard--fifty acres of scenery--and living on it are two entirely different matters. The questions seem endless: How long before the barn roof collapses? Should they buy sheep? Will the place be good for her writing, and for her relationship with Alex? And is there any way to keep Betty the mutt and Marley the poodle from rolling in mud, leaves, and unidentified smelly remains?

     

    In this funny yet tender tale, Laskas shares what happens when you follow your dream--and what happens when it's almost snatched away.

     

    Fifty Acres and a Poodle is a charming and surprisingly poignant memoir of Jeanne Marie Laskas's first year on Sweetwater Farm. It is a journey peopled by unforgettable characters: Billy, the local contractor who bulldozes her briars, takes her shopping for tractors, and advises her on buying a mule; Tim, the FedEx driver whose truck becomes Marley's obsession and nearly his downfall; the local hunters who present her with an entire wardrobe of blaze-orange hats; and Bob the cat, whose valiant fight for life gives her the courage to love.

     

    Jeanne Marie Laskas writes with exhilarating wit and extraordinary wisdom about life, love, and finding your true self on a farm.

     

    Unfortunately the Howard County Public Library only has one copy of Fifty Acres and a Poodle.

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  • Pauline P.

    Wayne, I will be attending Thursday, July 18. Hope this frees up your Saturday morning! Thanks!

    July 18, 2013

  • Wayne M.

    We are just a few days away from our "Fifty Acres and a Poodle" book discussion. Here is a question for us to think about and discuss at our meeting: Reviews of this book are mixed—some love it, find it funny, while others find it hackneyed and its humor clunky. Which side do you fall on?

    July 15, 2013

  • Anne

    Can't make it to either group this month. See you in August!

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I have to cancel; hoping I can make it next month. Had a good time at the June meeting. : )

    1 · July 13, 2013

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