May’s Book of The Month

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Let’s Put it to a Vote!

After how all the voting went last month I thought we should do it again. There are 4 new options to choose from. Spend some time reading through each description and then select the book you’d most like to read for April. The book with the highest votes by April 30th will be the book we read together. I’ll then announce in our Facebook group which book was selected.



Please select your preference for April’s book of the month.

  • 1. A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance (44%, 4 Votes)
  • 2. Under Magnolia (22%, 2 Votes)
  • 3. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster (22%, 2 Votes)
  • 4. Roses Under the Miombo Trees: An English Girl in Rhodesia (11%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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Book Descriptions

1. A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance

Fernando first sees Marlena across the Piazza San Marco and falls in love from afar. When he sees her again in a Venice café a year later, he knows it is fate. He knows little English; she, a divorced American chef traveling through Italy, speaks only food-based Italian. Marlena thought she was done with romantic love, incapable of intimacy. Yet within months of their first meeting, she has quit her job, sold her house in St. Louis, kissed her two grown sons good-bye, and moved to Venice to marry “the stranger,” as she calls Fernando.
This deliciously satisfying memoir is filled with the foods and flavors of Italy and peppered with culinary observations and recipes. But the main course here is an enchanting true story about a woman who falls in love with both a man and a city, and finally finds the home she didn’t even know she was missing.

2. Under Magnolia



The author of three beloved books about her life in Italy, including Under the Tuscan Sun and Every Day in Tuscany, Frances Mayes revisits the turning points that defined her early years in Fitzgerald, Georgia. With her signature style and grace, Mayes explores the power of landscape, the idea of home, and the lasting force of a chaotic and loving family.

From her years as a spirited, secretive child, through her university studies—a period of exquisite freedom that imbued her with a profound appreciation of friendship and a love of travel—to her escape to a new life in California, Mayes exuberantly recreates the intense relationships of her past, recounting the bitter and sweet stories of her complicated family: her beautiful yet fragile mother, Frankye; her unpredictable father, Garbert; Daddy Jack, whose life Garbert saved; grandmother Mother Mayes; and the family maid, Frances’s confidant Willie Bell.

Under Magnolia is a searingly honest, humorous, and moving ode to family and place, and a thoughtful meditation on the ways they define us, or cause us to define ourselves. With acute sensory language, Mayes relishes the sweetness of the South, the smells and tastes at her family table, the fragrance of her hometown trees, and writes an unforgettable story of a girl whose perspicacity and dawning self-knowledge lead her out of the South and into the rest of the world, and then to a profound return home.

3. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster



A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that “suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down.” He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more–including Krakauer’s–in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer’s epic account of the May 1996 disaster.


4. Roses Under the Miombo Trees: An English Girl in Rhodesia



Amanda Parkyn’s memoir focusses on her life in 1960s Southern and Northern Rhodesia. Based on the letters she wrote to her parents back in England, Roses Under the Miombo Trees covers significant events in Rhodesia’s history as uniquely witnessed through the eyes of a young naïve housewife

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When do I need to vote by? Your vote must be submitted by April 30th in order to count. We’ve been a bit busier this month so had to start it later. Also almost all of the votes last month were cast in the first 3 days.

That’s it for now! Stay tuned for the poll results for May’s book of the month.

Happy reading!