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Love to read? Enjoy discussing what you've read with a group of friendly, fun, smart ladies while enjoying a nice meal? So do we!

Check out our 2019 calendar for our book chat schedule. In addition, we attend and discuss movies, hold book exchange parties, attend author lectures, hike, and eat fabulous meals together along with a variety of other events that capture our interest.

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OUTDOOR WORKOUT - Pure Barre and Bus Shopping

Taqueria El Jefe

Amp up your fitness routine and fall wardrobes. Join us for an outdoor barre class along with shopping experience with Hyde & Chic. Barre class starts at 10 AM with shopping to follow class on the Hyde & Chic MKE bus. Expect door prizes, mimosas, and other goodies! Bring your own mat for class. Masks are required upon check-in. NOTE NEW LOCATION: The class now takes place at the Mayfair Collection in front of Cafe' Grace & El Jefe. Class is $10 for non-studio members and free for Pure Barre members. Purchase your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barre-at-the-bus-tickets-118689287855?fbclid=IwAR32hTCBtVAMMSgDVsdUKfFBr17FIIRXsd11yBt1mizzXyZH8bgKsJqTKY8

BOOK CHAT - The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

In 1950s Quebec, French and English tolerate each other with precarious civility—much like Maggie Hughes’ parents. Maggie’s English-speaking father has ambitions for his daughter that don’t include marriage to the poor French boy on the next farm over. But Maggie’s heart is captured by Gabriel Phénix. When she becomes pregnant at fifteen, her parents force her to give baby Elodie up for adoption and get her life ‘back on track’. Elodie is raised in Quebec’s impoverished orphanage system. It’s a precarious enough existence that takes a tragic turn when Elodie, along with thousands of other orphans in Quebec, is declared mentally ill as the result of a new law that provides more funding to psychiatric hospitals than to orphanages. Bright and determined, Elodie withstands abysmal treatment at the nuns’ hands, finally earning her freedom at seventeen, when she is thrust into an alien, often unnerving world. Maggie, married to a businessman eager to start a family, cannot forget the daughter she was forced to abandon, and a chance reconnection with Gabriel spurs a wrenching choice. As time passes, the stories of Maggie and Elodie intertwine but never touch, until Maggie realizes she must take what she wants from life and go in search of her long-lost daughter, finally reclaiming the truth that has been denied them both.

BOOK CHAT - All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

Online event

In the riveting new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of First Comes Love and Something Borrowed, three very different people must choose between their family and their values. Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was. Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school. Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn’t help—but in most ways, she’s a typical teenage girl, happy and thriving. Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame. At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.

BOOK CHAT - The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Lakefront Brewery

In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades. When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her--freedom, prison or death. With The Testaments, the wait is over. Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story more than fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. "Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in."

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