Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Party Recipe: Book Exchange

Last night's Ladies Activity Club party was one of our best so far! Hostess, Victorianna, came up with the idea of making bookmarks and having a book exchange for April. Each guest brought a wrapped copy of one of their favorites and we had a "white elephant" style switch. You would have thought we invented sliced bread with this idea, everyone was so into it. It's all the fun of a book club but without the reading assignment.

Here's the list of recommendations from the SF LAC:
  1. One Thousand White Women - About a controversial "brides for indians" program in the 1870's.
  2. Oh the Glory of it All - A scandalous expose of San Francisco high society from Dede Wilsey's stepson.
  3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - A story of fate and dysfunction in New York.
  4. The Time Traveler's Wife - This book came wrapped with a package of tissues tied to the top, which pretty much says it all.
  5. East of Eden - A timeless Steinbeck for anyone who lives near Salinas.
  6. The Handmaiden's Tale - Set in bleak future where women have few rights.
  7. One for the Money - Clever stories featuring a female bounty hunter.
  8. Out of Africa - This was my contribution! I've read it probably 15 times.
  9. The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand's novel about politics and society.
Everyone left the party inspired to become a full-blown bookworm! You can view all the photos from last night online here.

8 comments:

Beth said...

I love this idea!

Diana said...

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is hands down my favorite book of all time and has been since I read it when I was 16. I also loved the Time Travelers Wife. What a great time!

hyb said...

How fun! Yes, you DEFINITELY need the tissues for the Time Traveler's Wife. I just read that they're making a movie of it with Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams in the lead roles, which I think fits the descriptions of the characters so well.

vfg said...

since I'm already a fan of 7 of those titles, I just reserved the other two.

And *love* the "Ladies Activity Club" title--an original idea, or is that a trend I've missed?

love.boxes said...

That is inventing sliced bread, it's the best idea for a party ever. Several of those titles are favorites of mine!

Sarah said...

Yea! What a neat event! I can't wait for the Time Travelers Wife to come out in the theatre! (although I will probably be dissapointed, because arent' all movie adaptations of books a dissappointment?)

ashlynn said...

love it

Sarah Darling said...

Weird! I found a girl I grew up with in your pictures! Meredith! Isn't the world a small place?