April 2019 – Breaking and Holding by Judy Fogarty

Photo Apr 30, 6 09 29 PMHello May!! I can’t believe it’s May already!  Ellijay Literary Society meets the last Tuesday of every month at the Ellijay Coffeehouse.  Make sure you follow our book blog so that you don’t miss a meeting! If you are interested in joining us – come!

When I drive up for book club from Atlanta, I pop by the cabin first to drop of the pups (my wee scottish terriers – road warriors they are!) then rush to get to Ellijay Coffeehouse.  There’s something so pleasing when I park, hop out and walk up to the door.  I always enter the front door even though I could park on the side lot.  There’s just something about those front doors and the counter with treats waiting to be explore.  I love this coffeehouse.  I’m so happy we have a book club here.   :::wiggling toes merrily:::::

Our April book Breaking and Holding is a first novel by Judy Fogarty.  For her bio click HERE    I considered this a pleasant beach read — although it started out rather juvenile bookish with a lot of sex thrown in.  I found myself enjoying the trip and journey through the late 70s and 80s.   I’ve always loved tennis and enjoyed John Mcenroe’s temper tantrums on the court.  Then of course there was Bjorn Borg who to this day makes my knee socks (if I still wore them) fall slowly to my ankles.  Lord that man is HOT.  Interestingly enough the theme of older guy young girl resonated with me completely – considering I somewhat lived that life at 21 marrying my childhood doctor (he removed my tonsils at 12…. so. ) Bizarre… I know.    We got onto the subject of affairs, which we all had comments on.  Many of use have known others who have had them, many of us have had them ourselves, or we’ve wanted to it seemed.   Or we’ve been the victim of affairs.  Regardless good or bad they exist all over the place.

The book also touched on many items I knew nothing about – the Feminism movement during that time frame.  The book goes into Fear of Flying by Erica Jong  A new one on me.  And the Feminine Mystique also a new one on me.  I wasn’t the only one thank you very much who knew nothing of these books.  On my list now though to read.   We  got onto The Joy of Sex which I gave the story of going on an estate sale appointment and the somewhat strange creepy client had it opened to a page of… illustrations of ….. ::::::whispering sexual things and turning really red:::::::: I almost fainted I’ll tell you.   I came from a very conservative Southern family – we NEVER spoke of anything sexual growing up – it was a sort of find it out on your own which isn’t the best way at all I can assure you.   Some of the group knew all about these books and a few were rock stars of the 70’s 80’s culture of sex drugs and rock and roll.  Ya’ll are my idols really you are.   I can’t even imagine the tales and stories many of you have lived — thanks for sharing those too.  Book club is about SHARING – where we wander off to on topics is always fun.   And after a few glasses of wine I’ll share so much more I assure you.

Most of us enjoyed the book although not a favorite by far.   I think the journey of the 80’s was my real joy.

For book club questions click HERE 

As always, even if the book is not pleasing, or if the book is completely enjoyable – book club rocks.   That is all.

** A side note – the raisin oatmeal cookies at Ellijay Coffeehouse are the freaking BOMB!

**Another P.S.  Well I had planned on staying at the cabin tonight after Book Club. But on my drive up from the city I got a Robo call from Coosawattee River resort saying that there is an escaped convict/murderer loose in the area. The odds of me crossing path with this whack a doodle is very slim however the curse of an over active imagination went wacko when I got back to the cabin and I could hear neighbors dogs barking. They probably always barked but I’ve just never noticed it before. Therefore the girls and I are on our way back To the city where its safe LOL. Plus the likelihood of the convict looking like George Clooney is very slim. So. #kimysworld #overactiveimagination

Jan 2019 – Educated by Tara Westover

photojan312c82237pmWow!!! What a wonderful first meeting!  We had around 16 or so I believe? Completely smitten with our group.  And we have men!  It’s great to have those because they add a completely different view on so many topics.  Welcome everyone!

After a meet and greet we settled down with a great glass of Vino from one of the members who actually is a wine artisan! It was fabulous by the way.  Loved the label with the black lab I presume.  I’ll have to learn the meaning of the label.

We settled down into author bio and book club discussions.

The group consensus was a general enjoyment of the book.  Some felt Tara Westover left out much of what actually happened to her (i.e. maybe sexual assault by the brother Shawn). While others felt maybe it wasn’t as bad as she states in the book.  The account from other siblings is so different than her own.

The fact her own mother flipped on being on her side versus completely ignoring the issues and problems Tara faced as a child was overwhelming.  Emotional and physical abuse was riddled throughout the book.   The idea was presented that the only way Tara and her mother could be reunited is when the father actually passes away.  Maybe or maybe not.  Here’s a video of LaRee Westover (about an hour and 45 minutes worth watching) Click HERE for the video. 

There’s many videos out on Tara Westover – just google her then click video.   Fascinating to watch an others slice of life.   Also discussed is the norm of someone else compared to your town.   What’s normal for one may seem bizarre and chaotic to another.   After Tara began formal education at Brigham Young University she really began to see just ‘how’ different her childhood actually was.  Sheltered and severe.

Interestingly enough, her mother, LaRee Westover has a FB page.   I found a photo of her father who doesn’t appear to be burned to a crisp (of course healed at this point – but I would have pictured severe scarring on his face) which in the photo it doesn’t appear to be.  What’s so interesting, are the comments to the side which I’ve taken a photo of and posted here as well. The family has disowned Tara – sad all the way around.


Here is a photo of Tara’s brother Tyler.  Dressed all in white – and they’re not even at Seaside on the beach! (joke there…ahem.)


I think we have a good group for this book club!! I’m excited to learn about everyone through discussions for the coming year.

Thanks for joining our petite literary soiree!

See you next month! Thanks to Ellijay Coffee House for hosting!!

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