Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse (the Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse, 44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521). We’ll be discussing Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya von Bremzen. Part family memoir, part social history, von Bremzen and her mother cook their way through three generations of family and historical dishes, beginning with the fabulous excess of Tsarist Russia on through the Revolution, World War II, famines, food shortages, black marketeering and punishing socialist rules against the “decadent” enjoyment of food. Anya von Bremzen is a three-time James Beard Award-winning food writer. She was born in 1963 in Soviet Russia.
February’s book is Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe by Dawn Tripp, a novel that “brings to life Georgia O’Keeffe, her love affair with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and her quest to become an independent artist.” (From the publisher’s blurb.) The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, February 20.
CHANGE IN MARCH BOOK: The book choice for March will be The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler. We were originally planning to read Chandler’s The Little Sister, but members are having trouble finding copies. The Big Sleep, a classic hardboiled mystery, features the private detective Phillip Marlowe and was made into the famous Bogart and Bacall movie. Extra credit points to anyone who reads both Chandler books! March’s meeting will be on Tuesday, March 20.