What we're about

This is a group for moms (preferably in the 30-45 year old range) interested in meeting monthly to discuss books and share wine & dinner. I want to keep it open and breezy. This is NOT a serious book discussion group. It is more for moms to meet and have something in common to talk about....besides just how cute our kids are;0)

I belong to a meetup group just like this one, but for girls without kids. It was so successful and so much fun I thought I would set one up with other moms so my friends don't have to listen to me talk about my daughter all of the time;0)

Each month, we read a book and meet at someone's house to discuss it (so the location changes, but it will be central OC). Everyone brings a dish and a bottle of wine (if you wish to partake) to share with the group. And don't worry, you DON'T have to cook! You can totally bring something you buy :) And if you didn't finish the book....NO WORRIES!! Come anyway! Just don't be mad if the end is ruined for you;0)

Children will not be allowed at this meet up. It's a chance for us to get away for just a couple hours at least! :)

If you'd like to host, please don't be shy, let me know! If you have a book in mind, that is great; otherwise we can take suggestions from other members. Also, if a meeting is full and you'd like to host a 2nd group for the same book, please let me know.

I, and the other hostesses, put a lot of work into organizing each meetup. If you habitually (3 times) no-show to events or drop out the day of the event, I will be forced to remove you from the group. It doesn't give others on the waiting list enough time to read the book and be able to come. We will "pass the hat" at each meet up to cover the cost of the website. ($75/year)

That's it for rules! Hope to meet lots of moms soon!

Upcoming events (5+)

May Meetup: Educated by Tara Westover

First Class Pizza

Let's meet up at First Class Pizza this month. We will be sitting outside on the patio. Please dress accordingly. there is a small corkage fee so please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to share and $10 cash for pizza and salad. Here is the synopsis of the book: An unforgettable memoir in the tradition of The Glass Castle about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes and the will to change it.

June Meetup: The Perfect Nanny by Leïla Slimani, Sam Taylor

Let's meet up at First Class Pizza this month. We will be sitting outside on the patio. Please dress accordingly. there is a small corkage fee so please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to share and $10 cash for pizza and salad. Here is the synopsis of the book: *One of the 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR of The New York Times Book Review* *National Bestseller* “A great novel . . . Incredibly engaging and disturbing . . . You read the entire novel knowing something terrible is coming. In that, Slimani has us in her thrall.” —Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger “A book . . . that I’ve thought about pretty much every day . . . [It] felt less like an entertainment, or even a work of art, than like a compulsion. I found it extraordinary.” —Lauren Collins, The New Yorker “One of the most important books of the year. You can’t unread it.” —Barrie Hardymon, NPR’s Weekend Edition She has the keys to their apartment. She knows everything. She has embedded herself so deeply in their lives that it now seems impossible to remove her. When Myriam decides to return to work as a lawyer after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their son and daughter. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans the family’s chic Paris apartment, stays late without complaint, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic tableau. Building tension with every page, The Perfect Nanny is a compulsive, riveting, bravely observed exploration of power, class, race, domesticity, motherhood, and madness—and the American debut of an immensely talented writer. The #1 international bestseller and winner of France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourt, by the author of Adèle

July Meetup: Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

First Class Pizza

Let's meet up at First Class Pizza this month. We will be sitting outside on the patio. Please dress accordingly. there is a small corkage fee so please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to share and $10 cash for pizza and salad. Here is the synopsis of the book: When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer. Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio. That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending. The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

August Meetup: Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

First Class Pizza

Let's meet up at First Class Pizza this month. We will be sitting outside on the patio. Please dress accordingly. there is a small corkage fee so please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to share and $10 cash for pizza and salad. Here is the synopsis of the book: Born on a farm and named in a field by her parents--artist Chrisann Brennan and Steve Jobs--Lisa Brennan-Jobs's childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, Lisa's father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, her father took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. His attention was thrilling, but he could also be cold, critical and unpredictable. When her relationship with her mother grew strained in high school, Lisa decided to move in with her father, hoping he'd become the parent she'd always wanted him to be. Small Fry is Lisa Brennan-Jobs's poignant story of a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes. Scrappy, wise, and funny, young Lisa is an unforgettable guide through her parents' fascinating and disparate worlds. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, Small Fry is an enthralling book by an insightful new literary voice.

Past events (71)

April Meetup: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

First Class Pizza

Photos (36)