Past Meetup

July Book Club Meeting

Hosted by Wayne M.
From Columbia Book Club

This Meetup is past

16 people went

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http://photos4.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/b/9/c/0/event_250427552.jpegThe 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 dinner 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.

http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/c/3/f/2/event_250430162.jpegThe 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.

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

Comments

  • Maxine F.

    Another good meeting, seems like we are having two separate meetings now though, with the group getting larger. Maybe we need to try a round table so we can have one discussion going on? As always, great group of people and lots of fun! Book was good, just some light reading this last month, which is kind of nice sometimes...looking forward to this next book, sounds interesting! Hope everyone stays "cool", see you next month!

    4 years ago
  • skye

    I couldn't make the July meetings but, based on them, I read the book and thoroughly enjoyed it! Have always loved the author.

    4 years ago
  • skye

    I had forgotten I reviewed this! Here it is for those who missed the meetup and for those who didn't!
    http://dogevals.blogspot.com/2013/07/book-review-fifty-acres-and-poodle-farm.html

    4 years ago

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