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Our book for July is "The Last Painting of Sara de Vos" by Dominic Smith
Amsterdam, 1631: Sara de Vos becomes the first woman to be admitted as a master painter to the city's Guild of St. Luke. Though women do not paint landscapes (they are generally restricted to indoor subjects), a wintry outdoor scene haunts Sara: She cannot shake the image of a young girl from a nearby village, standing alone beside a silver birch at dusk, staring out at a group of skaters on the frozen river below. Defying the expectations of her time, she decides to paint it. New York City, 1957: The only known surviving work of Sara de Vos, At the Edge of a Wood, hangs in the bedroom of a wealthy Manhattan lawyer, Marty de Groot, a descendant of the original owner. It is a beautiful but comfortless landscape. The lawyer's marriage is prominent but comfortless, too. When a struggling art history grad student, Ellie Shipley, agrees to forge the painting for a dubious art dealer, she finds herself entangled with its owner in ways no one could predict. Sydney, 2000: Now a celebrated art historian and curator, Ellie Shipley is mounting an exhibition in her field of specialization: female painters of the Dutch Golden Age. When it becomes apparent that both the original At the Edge of a Wood and her forgery are en route to her museum, the life she has carefully constructed threatens to unravel entirely and irrevocably.Discussion of "The Last Painting of Sara de Vos", followed by dinner at this great restaurant • What to bring Your thoughts on how much you enjoyed (or otherwise) the book etc. etc. • Important to know Even if you didn't get to finish (or start!!) the book please join us. We enjoy a lively discussion and a great dinner.

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Think book clubs are for Oprah or old ladies who knit and stockpile hard candies, not for moderm women like you and your friends? Not so fast! This is a book club for die-hard bookworms; women who love to relax, sit back and enjoy the company of a good book.

Who should join? Women ages 20-?, married or single, parenting or childless. The only requirement is an avid interest in books and a desire to meet like-minded women in a laid back environment.

We have two book discussion meetings per month: one in the South (Coconut Grove/Coral Gables) the 3rd Wednesday at 7:00p.m. and one in the North (Mimo Historic District/Upper East Side) the first Saturday at 1:00p.m. We also meet of every few weeks for a casual get-together. Book choices are almost always fiction, classics, every once in a while non-fiction and all choices are determined by voting of club members four times a year..

Please email us with any questions. We look forward to meeting you all soon!

If you're curious about what we've been reading, here's a link to our 2007-2011 book selections:

Here is the list of the books read so far in 2013:

January - Little Bee by Chris Cleave (NORTH)
February - Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner (SOUTH) / The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skoot (NORTH)
March - Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo (SOUTH) / A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah (NORTH)
April - The Light between Oceans by Mil Stedman (SOUTH) / The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (NORTH)
May - The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (SOUTH) / Makeda by Randall Robinson (NORTH)
June - The 13th Tale by Dianne Setterfield (SOUTH) / Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen (NORTH)
July - Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (SOUTH) / Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende (NORTH)
August - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (SOUTH) / Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple (NORTH)
September - Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (SOUTH) / We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (NORTH)
October – The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (SOUTH) / The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern (NORTH)

books read in 2012:

January - Room by Emma Donoghue
February - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
March - The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani
April - The Last Nude by Ellis Avery
May - Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (SOUTH) / The Birth House by Ami McKay (NORTH)
June - Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (SOUTH) / The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney (NORTH)
July - The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi by Elif Shafak (SOUTH) / When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams (NORTH)
August - The House Gun by Nadine Gordimer (SOUTH) / The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (NORTH)
September - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (SOUTH) / Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (NORTH)
October – The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (SOUTH) / The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman (NORTH)
November - The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson (SOUTH) / The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (NORTH)
December - Give me the World by Leila Hadley (SOUTH) / Life of Pi by Yann Martel (NORTH)

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