Summer book club picks: Apricots, Fried Green Tomatoes and the New Domesticity

We had so many good options on the table for the next Feminist Kitchen book club that I decided to just plan the next three books that we’ll read and get some dates on the calendar.

Tomorrow There Will Be ApricotsFirst, at 7 p.m. June 11 at Elaine’s Pork and Pie, we’ll talk about “Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots” by Jessica Soffer, a novel that member Jamie Smith proposed at the last meeting. I don’t know much about Soffer, except that she’s a writing professor, this is her first book and she has a cool website.

In August (oh, dreaded heat of the summer, I can feel you already), we’ll discuss “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe” by Fannie Flagg, the book that inspired the movie. (I’d forgotten that the movie was based on a book, but if you haven’t seen the movie OR read the book, please for the love of Jessica Tandy seek it out. You’ll never forget Kathy Bates’ character, either.)

For this get-together, we’ll try meeting on a Saturday — August 10, if you’re marking your calendars — to accommodate some folks who can’t make weeknights. Location, TBD.

In October, we’ll talk about one of my favorite bloggers’ new books, “Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity” by Emily Matchar. This is a non-fiction book that tackles many of the topics that Emily has written about in her freelance articles and on her blog, The New Domesticity. The tentative date for that meeting is October 8.

You’ll notice that I’m spacing these book club meetings once every other month. My goal is to book some happy hours, movie nights and other excuses to hang out in the off months, but a book a month is just a little more than this momma can fit in. :)

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