Monday, July 19, 2010

Book Club

Several months back, I started a book club for girlfriends from all walks of my life... It's been a blast because a.) I like to read and - for the record - talk, and b.) It's really fun to get a bunch of great girls together with hardly anything in common except that I love them AND they read the same book.  If you aren't in a book club already, join one!  Or, even better, start one! :)

But, while you're waiting, I thought I'd personally invite you to my next meeting...

On Friday, August 20th at 7PM, we'll be discussing the book The Art of Racing in the Rain at my house! (Summary below.)  If you live in the Roanoke area and would like to come - please e-mail me for more details.  Otherwise, READ THE BOOk & then, meet me here on Friday 8/20... I will post some discussion topics about the book and a space for you to link up with your responses and review.  An online book club of sorts. Will you play?

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human only a dog could tell it.

I think this book is going to be perfect for animal lovers like me - sad, but heart-warming!!  (And, a nice tribute to my girl Gracie too.) And, just for fun, I've invited all my real-life book clubbers to bring their pups to club too - so fun!  If nothing else, you can look forward to photos from that zoo of a Book Club!

August 20th at 7PM
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Hope you can make it!


  1. I started a book club in my hometown about a year ago...but I love the idea of joining in online!! Just found your blog recently, and love all the travelling you have done this summer...

    This has been a book I have wanted to read!

  2. What a great pick! The Art of Racing in the Rain is my favorite book!

  3. Oh you know what you should do E ?! Let online Book Clubbers be at your real book club meeting through Skype, gosh that would be so cool!
    Anyways, ill try and get a hold of the book so i can join in :)
    Great idea E!

  4. can people who read your blog in roanoke but you've never met come too? I might be able to swing that... i love to meet new people and read... :D


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