Abbie's Book Club Corner

Welcome to Abbie's Book Club Corner, where you can find your next favorite book!  Your tour guide is Abbie, my mom! An amazing writer and voracious reader, my mom is the most well-read person I know.

She has an uncanny knack for discovering unique books that range from fiction to memoir, from funny to impactful, and back again.  After benefiting from years of my mom's unbelievable finds, I'm very happy to begin sharing them with you!  

Going Overboard: The Misadventures of a Military Wife
By Sarah Smiley

Some of the books that I've enjoyed reading the most have been memoirs.  I really like seeing how other people deal with everyday experiences in their lives and some that are not so everyday.  Every once in a while, I will find a memoir that reads almost like a book of fiction.  "Going Overboard" by Sarah Smiley is just that kind of a book.  It's the true-life adventures of a wife and mom whose husband is in the military.   She has to do what all of us do every day as wives and mothers, but in her case, while her husband is either on a months-long deployment or getting ready to be deployed.  She tells the story so well and with such humor and poignancy.  She often had me laughing out loud at many of the things that happened to her and her family while she was managing on her own.  Who knows, after reading this book, when your own husband calls to tell you he will be twenty minutes late coming home from work, you might not get quite as annoyed after reading what she has to do all by herself for months at a time.  Or maybe you'll still get just as mad and that's okay!!

The Ladies Auxiliary by Tova Mirvis

This is a fascinating novel that I've read three times which means I must either really like it a lot or else I have a very bad memory.  I'd like to think it's for the first reason!  This gripping story takes us to the tightly knit and insular Orthodox Jewish community of Memphis, Tennessee.  Batsheva Jacobs, a recent widow, has decided to move to this area where her late husband grew up, to raise her five year-old daughter.  She is quite different from any of the members of her new community and practices her own, somewhat relaxed, version of Orthodox Judaism much to the horror of her new neighbors.  While these women find everything about her appalling, their teenage daughters feel quite differently.  With the new sense of freedom that she introduces to them and a break from "the rules", they no longer want to live as they've been previously taught.  What follows has everyone looking at old and new beliefs in a different way while looking at themselves a little bit harder as well.

If you've read these books, or other books you are passionate about, let's discuss!!!  Leave a comment below!