Our Book Club Welcomes Author Sue Monk Kidd

We are in for such a treat this month – best-selling author, Sue Monk Kidd, will be joining us virtually on July 30 at 7 p.m. to discuss The Book of Longings, our selection for this month’s read. You will not want to miss this. So, pick up your copy and start now – it’s really good.

In her mesmerizing fourth work of fiction, Sue Monk Kidd takes an audacious approach to history and brings her acclaimed narrative gifts to imagine the story of a young woman named Ana. Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, she is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. She engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes narratives about neglected and silenced women. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus changes everything.

Their marriage evolves with love and conflict, humor and pathos in Nazareth, where Ana makes a home with Jesus, his brothers, and their mother, Mary. Ana’s pent-up longings intensify amid the turbulent resistance to Rome’s occupation of Israel, partially led by her brother, Judas. She is sustained by her fearless aunt Yaltha, who harbors a compelling secret. When Ana commits a brazen act that puts her in peril, she flees to Alexandria, where startling revelations and greater dangers unfold, and she finds refuge in unexpected surroundings. Ana determines her fate during a stunning convergence of events considered among the most impactful in human history.

Grounded in meticulous research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus’s life that focuses on his humanity, The Book of Longings is an inspiring, unforgettable account of one woman’s bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place and culture devised to silence her. It is a triumph of storytelling both timely and timeless, from a masterful writer at the height of her powers.

Be sure to save the date – Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m. CST. Check our membership page on Bookmovement for the Zoom access code.

Not a member of our book club?  Even if you aren’t local to my area, you can join our book club, membership is free, through Bookmovement.  By signing up you will receive notifications on our upcoming meetings and the books we will be reading.  Plus, you can create your personal queue of books you want to read outside of our group and find out new releases and trends in all genres of books.  Friends are always welcome.  Be sure to visit our Bookmovement page to see the books we are reading for the summer.

New to Zoom and not quite sure how to use it?  Here is a helpful printable walking you through the steps to create and use Zoom like a pro. Be sure to remember to practice Zoom “netiquette” during our meeting.

No matter where you live, we’d love to have you join us!

Mrs. Twist Reads This – Meet Lian Dolan Author of The Sweeney Sisters

We are in for a treat this month reading Lian Dolan’s new release The Sweeney Sisters.  I’ve been a longtime fan of Lian, her sisters, and their weekly podcast – Satellite Sisters.  I can’t wait for each week’s new episode. As they say in the  promo, listening to their podcast is like “having coffee with an old friend.” Lian is the producer and host of Satellite Sisters, the award-winning talk show she created with her four real sisters. On Satellite Sisters, she’s interviewed everyone from Nora Ephron to Madeleine Albright to Big Bird. Satellite Sisters began life as a syndicated radio show and is now a top-rated podcast for women. I reached out to Lian letting her know about our fabulous Book Club and she’s happy to join us via Zoom to discuss her book!  Pinch me!  I’m a huge Lian fan!

An accomplished storyteller, Lian returns with her biggest, boldest, most entertaining novel yet—a hilarious, heartfelt story about books, love, sisterhood, and the surprises we discover in our DNA that combines the wit of Jonathan Tropper with the heart of Susan Wiggs.

Maggie, Eliza, and Tricia Sweeney grew up as a happy threesome in the idyllic seaside town of Southport, Connecticut. But their mother’s death from cancer fifteen years ago tarnished their golden-hued memories, and the sisters drifted apart. Their one touchstone is their father, Bill Sweeney, an internationally famous literary lion and college professor universally adored by critics, publishers, and book lovers. When Bill dies unexpectedly one cool June night, his shell-shocked daughters return to their childhood home. They aren’t quite sure what the future holds without their larger-than-life father, but they do know how to throw an Irish wake to honor a man of his stature.

But as guests pay their respects and reminisce, one stranger, emboldened by whiskey, has crashed the party. It turns out that she too is a Sweeney sister.

When Washington, DC based journalist Serena Tucker had her DNA tested on a whim a few weeks earlier, she learned she had a 50% genetic match with a childhood neighbor—Maggie Sweeney of Southport, Connecticut. It seems Serena’s chilly WASP mother, Birdie, had a history with Bill Sweeney—one that has remained totally secret until now.

Once the shock wears off, questions abound. What does this mean for William’s literary legacy? Where is the unfinished memoir he’s stashed away, and what will it reveal? And how will a fourth Sweeney sister—a blond among redheads—fit into their story?

By turns revealing, insightful, and uproarious, The Sweeney Sisters is equal parts cautionary tale and celebration—a festive and heartfelt look at what truly makes a family.

To stay well we will continue our successful virtual format gathering via Zoom. Save Thursday, May 28, 7 p.m. CST. Go ahead and download the free Zoom app on your personal computer or phone, create an account and join from your PC, Mac, iPhone or Android with this link:

https://tcu.zoom.us/j/4968825889

New to Zoom and not quite sure how to use it?  Here is a helpful printable walking you through the steps to create and use Zoom like a pro. Be sure to remember to practice Zoom “netiquette” during our meeting.

Even if you aren’t local to my area, you can join our book club, membership is free, through Bookmovement.  By signing up you will receive notifications on our upcoming meetings and the books we will be reading.  Plus, you can create your personal queue of books you want to read outside of our group and find out new releases and trends in all genres of books.  Friends are always welcome.  Be sure to visit our Bookmovement page to see the books we are reading for the summer.

No matter where you live, we’d love to have you join our community of over one-hundred women nationwide spending more time reading and less time using technology.  Join our movement! Stay well.

Mrs. Twist Reads This – Little Fires Everywhere

Keep reading everyone!  It will help us traverse this unknown course we are on with Covid19.  Here’s an article on the Five Ways Reading Makes you a Better Leader.  Reading helps us to relax and be better communicators – two critical strengths we need right now.  As women, we are the leaders in our homes, especially to our children. As Brene Brown says #spreadcalm.

This month we are reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Published in 2017, LFE has been on many book club lists. I am breaking my rule here because I typically like for us to read new releases so we can be on-trend. But, this book has a great buzz and a brand new mini-series on Hulu starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

 

 

 

From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned—from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren—an enigmatic artist and single mother—who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town—and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood—and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

Regrettably, we will not meet in person which was my original plan so we could watch the final episode of the mini-series together. Instead, we will Zoom!  We had such fun last month teleconferencing to discuss Lady Clementine, we will do it again. Save Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m. CST. Go ahead and download the free Zoom app on your personal computer or phone, create an account and join from your PC, Mac, iPhone or Android with this link:

https://tcu.zoom.us/j/4968825889

Even if you aren’t local to my area, you can join our book club, membership is free, through Bookmovement.  By signing up you will receive notifications on our upcoming meetings and the books we will be reading.  Plus, you can create your personal queue of books you want to read outside of our group and find out new releases and trends in all genres of books.  Friends are always welcome.  Be sure to visit our Bookmovement page to see what we are planning for May and see the exciting news that the author, Lian Dolan, will be joining via Zoom. I hope we can meet in person by May, don’t you?

No matter where you live, we’d love to have you join our community of women spending more time reading and less time using technology.  Join our movement! Stay well.

Mrs. Twist Reads This – The Family Upstairs

It’s time for our February book. This month we are reading The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell.

Gifted musician Clemency Thompson is playing for tourists on the streets of Southern France when she receives an urgent text message. Her childhood friend, Lucy, is demanding her immediate return to London.

It’s happening, says the message. The baby is back.

Libby Jones was only six months old when she became an orphan. Now 25, she’s astounded to learn of an inheritance that will change her life. A gorgeous, dilapidated townhouse in one of London’s poshest neighborhoods has been held in a trust for her all these years. Now, it’s hers.

As Libby investigates the story of her birth parents and the dark legacy of her new home, Clemency and Lucy are headed her way to uncover, and possibly protect, secrets of their own. What really happened in that rambling Chelsea mansion when they were children? And are they still at risk?

Jewell’s novels have been praised as “sure to please fans of Ruth Ware and A.J. Finn” (Library Journal), and her latest is no exception. The Family Upstairs will keep you guessing until the very end.

We are meeting Thursday, February  27 at 7 p.m. for a casual gathering of snacks and discussion. If you are local to Fort Worth, feel free to join us – my doors are always open to new members.  Unless otherwise notified, we always meet the last Thursday of the month.

Even if you aren’t local to my area, you can join our book club, membership is free, through Bookmovement.  By signing up you will receive notifications on our upcoming meetings and the books we will be reading.  Plus, you can create your personal queue of books you want to read outside of our group and find out new releases and trends in all genres of books.  Friends are always welcome.

No matter where you live, we’d love to have you join our community of women spending more time reading and less time using technology.  Join our movement!

Mrs. Twist Reads This Book Club Selection and Fun Workshop in January

Mrs. Twist Reads This is taking a hiatus from meeting in December, but we are still moving ahead with reading an inspiring book to prepare us for 2020.

The Moment of Lift is a debut novel from Melinda Gates, a timely and necessary call to action for women’s empowerment.

“How can we summon a moment of lift for human beings – and especially for women? Because when you lift up women, you lift up humanity.”

For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift a society up, you need to stop keeping women down.

In this moving and compelling book, Melinda shares lessons she’s learned from the inspiring people she’s met during her work and travels around the world. As she writes in the introduction, “That is why I had to write this book―to share the stories of people who have given focus and urgency to my life. I want all of us to see ways we can lift women up where we live.”

Melinda’s unforgettable narrative is backed by startling data as she presents the issues that most need our attention―from child marriage to lack of access to contraceptives to gender inequity in the workplace. And, for the first time, she writes about her personal life and the road to equality in her own marriage. Throughout, she shows how there has never been more opportunity to change the world―and ourselves.

Writing with emotion, candor, and grace, she introduces us to remarkable women and shows the power of connecting with one another.

When we lift others up, they lift us up, too.

Here is a special surprise – we will unpack what we’ve learned when we gather in January and review the seven lessons Melinda learned while writing her book.  Join me on Saturday, January 4, 2020, from 10 a.m. – Noon for brunch and a very special workshop entitled 2020: What’s Your Vision in the Next Decade.

Together, we’ll look back at 2019 to review your wins and misses, and we will look ahead to focus on your hopes for the new year. You’ll go home with a list of new intentions, a personal success mantra, and a special keepsake reminder of our time together.

Event is free for Book Club members; Non-members: $10 (includes brunch and materials).  To register, visit this link. Space is limited.  This would be the perfect Christmas present for a girlfriend or your mom.

Want to join our book club? If you are local to Fort Worth, feel free to join us.  Even if you aren’t local to my area, you can join our book club, membership is free, through Bookmovement.  By signing up, you will receive notifications on our upcoming meetings and the books we will be reading.  Plus, you can create your personal queue of books you want to read outside of our group and find out new releases and trends in all genres of books.  Friends are always welcome.

No matter where you live, we’d love to have you join our community of women spending more time reading and less time using technology.  Join our movement!

Happy reading!

Mrs. Twist Reads This: Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane

It’s time for a new Mrs. Twist Reads This Book Club selection. For November we will be enjoying Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane.   The best part – Jessica will be calling in on the evening of our book club gathering to chat with us!

An Oprah Summer Reading Pick for 2019, and named best book of 2019 by Real Simple and Southern Living magazines, it’s the story of May Attawaywho is more at home with plants than people. Over the years, she’s turned inward, finding pleasure in language, her work as a gardener, and keeping her neighbors at arm’s length while keenly observing them. But when she is unexpectedly granted some leave from her job, May is inspired to reconnect with four once close friends. She knows they will never have a proper reunion, so she goes, one-by-one, to each of them. A student of the classics, May considers her journey a female Odyssey. What might the world have had if, instead of waiting, Penelope had set out on an adventure of her own?

RULES FOR VISITING is a woman’s exploration of friendship in the digital age. Deeply alert to the nobility and the ridiculousness of ordinary people, May savors the pleasures along the way—afternoon ice cream with a long-lost friend, surprise postcards from an unexpected crush, and a moving encounter with ancient beauty. Though she gets a taste of viral online fame, May chooses to bypass her friends’ perfectly cultivated online lives to instead meet them in their messy analog ones.

Ultimately, May learns that a best friend is someone who knows your story—and she inspires us all to master the art of visiting.

We are meeting Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m. for snacks and discussion.  Jessica is calling in promptly at 7:15 p.m. for a 30-minute chat on her life, her book and is happy to answer our questions.

If you are local to Fort Worth, feel free to join us.  Even if you aren’t local to my area, you can join our bookclub, membership is free, through Bookmovement.  By signing up you will receive notifications on our upcoming meetings and the books we will be reading.  Plus, you can create your personal queue of books you want to read outside of our group and find out new releases and trends in all genres of books.  Friends are always welcome.

No matter where you live, we’d love to have you join our community of women spending more time reading and less time using technology.  Join our movement!

Mrs. Twist Reads This Book Club — Things You Save in a Fire

Hello October!  Fall can’t get here fast enough, but Texas just seems to want to hold onto the heat.  Hopefully by the time we gather for this month’s book club it will be cool and we can sit by the fire sipping cider.

This month we are reading Things You Save  in a Fire by Katherine Center.  Just released in mid August, this book is already on so many “best” lists.

Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she’s seen her fair share of them, and she’s a total pro at other people’s tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to give up her whole life and move to Boston, Cassie suddenly has an emergency of her own.

The tough, old-school Boston firehouse is as different from Cassie’s old job as it could possibly be. Hazing, a lack of funding, and poor facilities mean that the firemen aren’t exactly thrilled to have a “lady” on the crew—even one as competent and smart as Cassie. Except for the infatuation-inspiring rookie, who doesn’t seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can’t think about that. Because love is girly, and it’s not her thing. And don’t forget the advice her old captain gave her: Never date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping…and it means risking it all—the only job she’s ever loved, and the hero she’s worked like hell to become.

Katherine Center’s Things You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt and healing tour-de-force about the strength of vulnerability, the nourishing magic of forgiveness, and the life-changing power of defining courage, at last, for yourself.

We are meeting Wednesday, October 30 at 7 p.m. for snacks and discussion.  If you are local to Fort Worth, feel free to join us.  Even if you aren’t local to my area, you can join our bookclub, membership is free, through Bookmovement.  By signing up you will receive notifications on our upcoming meetings and the books we will be reading.  Plus, you can create your personal queue of books you want to read outside of our group and find out new releases and trends in all genres of books.  Friends are always welcome.

While you are visiting our site on Bookmovement, check out our November read Rules for Visiting by Jessica Frances Kane.  We won’t meet in December but you will have homework reading The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gate as we prepare for a very fun event at my house on January 4 — Creating your 20/20 Vision!  I’ll be helping you craft your personal tagline for the new year. Mine in 2019 has been #movetobloom.

No matter where you live, we’d love to have you join our community of women spending more time reading and less time using technology.  Join our movement!

Mrs. Twist Reads This Book Club – Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

It’s time for September’s Mrs. Twist Reads This selection.  This month we are reading Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs and here’s the twist – we are meeting at Commonplace Books!*

I hope you will join us on Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m. in this beautiful, new Indie-style book store in the Westbend Shopping center just off University Drive near TCU.  We’ll have sips and a sweet treat, plus you can browse all the lovely books and gift items.

Small Fry is a New York Times and New Yorker Top 10 book of the year.  Born on a farm and named in a field by her parents―artist Chrisann Brennan and Steve Jobs―Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, Lisa’s father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, her father took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. His attention was thrilling, but he could also be cold, critical and unpredictable. When her relationship with her mother grew strained in high school, Lisa decided to move in with her father, hoping he’d become the parent she’d always wanted him to be. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, Small Fry is a poignant coming-of-age story from one of our most exciting new literary voices.

If you are local to Fort Worth, feel free to join us.  Even if you aren’t local to my area, you can join our bookclub, membership is free, through Bookmovement.  By signing up you will receive notifications on our upcoming meetings and the books we will be reading.  Plus, you can create your personal queue of books you want to read outside of our group and find out new releases and trends in all genres of books.  Friends are always welcome.

No matter where you live, we’d love to have you join our community of women spending more time reading and less time using technology.  Join our movement!

* Commonplace Books, is located across from Woodhouse Day Spa and Susie Cakes Bakery), 1701 River Run Unit 161, 76107, (817) 229-5773.  There is plenty of free parking in the garage.

Mrs. Twist Reads This: The River by Peter Heller

It’s time for a new read for Mrs. Twist Reads This book club.  During the month of August we will be reading The River by Peter Heller.

“A fiery tour de force… I could not put this book down. It truly was terrifying and unutterably beautiful.” –Alison Borden, The Denver Post

From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars, the story of two college students on a wilderness canoe trip–a gripping tale of a friendship tested by fire, white water, and violence

Wynn and Jack have been best friends since freshman orientation, bonded by their shared love of mountains, books, and fishing. Wynn is a gentle giant, a Vermont kid never happier than when his feet are in the water. Jack is more rugged, raised on a ranch in Colorado where sleeping under the stars and cooking on a fire came as naturally to him as breathing. When they decide to canoe the Maskwa River in northern Canada, they anticipate long days of leisurely paddling and picking blueberries, and nights of stargazing and reading paperback Westerns. But a wildfire making its way across the forest adds unexpected urgency to the journey. When they hear a man and woman arguing on the fog-shrouded riverbank and decide to warn them about the fire, their search for the pair turns up nothing and no one. But: The next day a man appears on the river, paddling alone. Is this the man they heard? And, if he is, where is the woman? From this charged beginning, master storyteller Peter Heller unspools a headlong, heart-pounding story of desperate wilderness survival.

And what treat awaits you at this month’s book club?  Cake!  We will be celebrating my birthday and you know what Julia Child’s says, “A party without cake, is just a meeting!”

If you are local to Fort Worth, feel free to join us Thursday, August 29 at 7 p.m., for bubbly, cake and the dish on this month’s book.  Even if you aren’t local to my area, you can join our bookclub, membership is free, through Bookmovement.  By signing up you will receive notifications on our upcoming meetings and the books we will be reading.  Plus, you can create your personal queue of books you want to read outside of our group and find out new releases and trends in all genres of books.  Friends are always welcome.

No matter where you live, we’d love to have you join our community of women spending more time reading and less time using technology.  Join our movement!

Mrs. Twist Reads This — Is Turning Two!

It’s time for cake y’all!  Two years ago I hatched an idea to help me spend more time reading books and less time watching TV.  About six of us met for the first time in my living room as we read Into the Water by Paula Hawkins.  We needed a spread sheet to keep track of the cast of characters.  I think we drank wine and ate snacks, but what I do remember most is how much fun we had talking about books.  There was excitement to fall in love with reading again!  I planned for the bookclub to be just a summer affair, but our members begged me to keep it going all year long!

Eighty-two members and twenty-four books later (there have only been a few duds, see all the books we’ve read here) we’ve had luck with many well-known authors call or Skype into our meetings, made new friends and read books we might not otherwise haven chosen on our own.

Join us Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. for our 2nd birthday party where we will discuss a hot new mystery The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller

“An unforgettable―and Hollywood-bound―new thriller… A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy.”
―Entertainment Weekly

The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband―and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations―a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….

If you are local to Fort Worth, feel free to join us for discussion, cake and door prizes Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m.  Even if you aren’t local to my area, you can join our bookclub, membership is free, through Bookmovement.  By signing up you will receive notifications on our upcoming meetings and the books we will be reading.  Plus, you can create your personal queue of books you want to read outside of our group and find out new releases and trends in all genres of books.

No matter where you live, we’d love to have you join our community of women spending more time reading and less time using technology.  Join our movement! And eat cake – lots of it.