Join us to discuss February’s Book – The New Rules of Aging Well by Danielle Claro & Frank Lipman
Do you enjoy reading and sharing your thoughts amongst your peers? Southgate Recreation & Park District offers an in-person or online gathering the 1st Tuesday of each month from 11AM – 12PM. Grab your copy of January’s book that is up for discussion and join us! If meeting in person, we will provide light refreshments or you can bring your own snack. Plus, find out what this month’s reading title is! We will cover fiction and non-fiction books based on group suggestions, For more information or to pick up your copy of the book, please call (916) 526-0234.
March’s Book: The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Harmel
A baker in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, must travel to Paris to uncover a family secret for her dying grandmother—and what she learns may change everything. The Sweetness of Forgetting is the book that made Kristin Harmel an international bestseller.
At thirty-six, Hope McKenna-Smith is no stranger to bad news. She lost her mother to cancer, her husband left her for a twenty-two year old, and her bank account is nearly depleted. Her own dreams of becoming a lawyer long gone, she’s running a failing family bakery on Cape Cod and raising a troubled preteen.
Now, Hope’s beloved French-born grandmother Mamie, who wowed the Cape with her fabulous pastries for more than fifty years, is drifting away into a haze of Alzheimer’s. But in a rare moment of clarity, Mamie realizes that unless she tells Hope about the past, the secrets she has held on to for so many years will soon be lost forever. Tantalizingly, she reveals mysterious snippets of a tragic history in Paris. And then, arming her with a scrawled list of names, she sends Hope to France to uncover a seventy-year-old mystery.
Hope’s emotional journey takes her through the bakeries of Paris and three religious traditions, all guided by Mamie’s fairy tales and the sweet tastes of home. As Hope pieces together her family’s history, she finds horrific Holocaust stories mixed with powerful testimonies of her family’s will to survive in a world gone mad. And to reunite two lovers torn apart by terror, all she’ll need is a dash of courage, and the belief that God exists everywhere, even in cake…
Book Club Monthly Reading Schedule
March – The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Harmel
April – Prime Time Health by William Sears
May – Call it a Gift by Valerie Hobbs
June – The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner