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At this point it’s already been disclosed I’m an old, Jewish woman. Being of a certain age, the book club is one rite of passage…

My book club just finished reading the classic Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier. It’s one of the Mom’s favorite books and yet I resisted the urge to read it for so long, because I just don’t think of myself as a girl who reads classics. Big mistake, because I really enjoyed it and so did the rest of the group.

The first few chapters took me a bit, but then I got really into the story. I loved that the main character is never named and it had lots of suspense. I also didn’t really care for any of the characters, but they definitely got me involved and worked up. There is also a nice little twist at the end.

For our meeting we watched the Alfred Hitchcock version of the movie. It was the only Hitchcock to ever get a best picture Academy Award. Being an AH fan, except for the freaky noises those birds make, this was one of my favorites. It kept good pace and the few things that were changed were cause for good conversation among the group. We even paused a few times to discuss.

Some books are great for group discussion and some are not, this one was in the former category. I don’t want to ruin it for you, so I recommend checking it out for yourself, if you haven’t already.

Next up for our group is Little Bee, by Chris Cleave.  Are you in a book club? Do you have any recommendations?

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So I don’t like to flaunt it, but I am a total celebrity gossip junky. Perez is my drug of choice, although after buying one of my sister’s a birthday present from Steve Madden, they decided to thank me by giving me a free year subscription to OK! Magazine. This doesn’t help my addiction.

While catching up on the goings on that happened over my vacation, I came across the news that Elisabeth Moss (from Mad Men, which I love) and Fred Armisen (from SNL, which I watch) have separated after only 10 months of marriage. This makes me sad. They seemed cute. But what I have to wonder is, what happens after only 10 months?! After recently getting married myself, an engagement  is not something to enter lightly and the time is meant for reflection and growth, before a huge commitment. Not to get too preachy on you! I know people and situations change – hey, it’s life – but, 10 months just sounds exhausting!

Maybe someone should have given Elisabeth The Conscious Bride.  My sister-in-law gave it to me when I got engaged, along with What No One Tells The Bride. They make a great gift for any bride-to-be you know and I found both worthwhile reading. (Thanks KKF!)

Anyway, speaking of reading, I finished Rebecca while on vacation. I ended up enjoying it quite a bit and I am looking forward to watching the Hitchcock film adaptation with my book club at the end of the month. It will also be my first time entertaining in the new place!

And then I started reading Eat, Pray, Love. There seem to be many opinions on it…so far, I am optimistic. I love Elizabeth Gilbert’s voice and writing style. I will keep you posted.

I had every intention to write posts while on vacation, but that didn’t happen. Only because I was having such a great time! So posts all about it to come…stay tuned.

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