Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

This month we had a lively discussion and "funeral dinner" for The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore

Our gold star club (for finishing the book before the meeting) included: Jennifer, Julie, and Katie.  Heather gets a silver star for bringing pork chops.  ;)

First impressions of the book?
  • Confused! Had to make chart of characters. 
  • This book is going to be a lot of fun to read :) 
  • Pleased that we are reading a book with all-you-can-eat in the title in January when everyone is on diet. 
  • Thought there would be more dinner food. :( 
What did you like about it?
  • Liked how you got to know everyone well. 
  • Loved ghost of the mom, and Eleanor Roosevelt. 
  • Liked the one liners. 
  • Odette and James. 
  • Personalities of churches 
  • Ending is fantastic. 
  • When Odette frees Barbara Jean from "stepdad" - boxing in underwear 
Favorite line: She opened the wedding book and said, “I went to Madame Minnie and told her about the problems I was having over at First Baptist about the wedding. Can you believe that after all I’ve done for them they refused to let me release doves inside the chapel? I explained to them that the doves were from Boston and were sophisticated and all, and that these doves would just as soon die of embarrassment as make a mess. But they wouldn’t listen.

Was there anything you disliked?
  • A little formulaic in parts. 
  • Richmond suddenly changing his ways. Would have preferred for Richmond to leave the picture entirely. 
  • Wish Barbara Jean's story hadn't been so extreme, and it was too tidy. 
Which part of the book made you drool?  Ham and pork chops!

Our feast was worthy of a funeral (although it was only a one ham affair):

Dawn – Deviled Eggs

Heather McN – roasted potatoes and pork chops, jello salad

Jennifer T. - roasted chicken

 Julie D. – roasted Brussels sprouts

Katie S. – Sicilian Collard Greens with Pine Nuts and Raisins

Madeline - Ham

Barbara W. – donuts!

http://catalog.sno-isle.org/polaris/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&type=Keyword&term=cat%27s%20table%20michael&by=KW&sort=RELEVANCE&limit=TOM=*&query=&page=0&searchid=2For Wednesday February 12, 2014 we are reading The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje, which takes place on a ocean liner!  I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for this.

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