May Book Club Pick: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

May Book Club Pick: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng - The Well Dressed Life

When was the last time you just sat and read a book?  Typically, the only time I indulge in a few uninterrupted hours of reading is on a flight. Inflight wifi is expensive and unreliable so a few years back I decided to make my regular flights something to look forward to by always having a good book on hand.

The last time I sat at home in the afternoon and read a book was … never. Sure, I read at night before I fall asleep. But that usually results in me passing out with a book on my face 15 minutes later. That’s why I’m so excited to read our May book club selection, Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng, on Sunday afternoon as my Mother’s Day treat.

May Book Club Pick: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng - The Well Dressed Life

Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

A brief description of the book via Amazon:

From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. 

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

The book has received glowing reviews, so I’m looking forward to getting lost for a few hours on the one day I’m required to get a break.  If you’d like to read along, simply order the book, and take your time reading it.  We’ll post Lauren’s review on June 8th and have an ongoing conversation in the comments.

Wishing all you moms out there a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Have a great weekend xx

April Book Club Pick: An American Marriage

Good Morning, Ladies!

Our April Book Club Pick is An American Marriage but Tayari Jones.

Since last month’s book was pretty disappointing, we figured who better than Oprah to help us pick this month’s selection. You can see her quick endorsement here.

Book Club Pick - April - An American Marriage

An American Marriage

An American Marriage has been on my list for a while so I’m excited to read it along with you. I’m flying out to Houston this week and looking forward to few uninterrupted hours of book time (and maybe an upgrade – wouldn’t that be nice?).

Below is a brief description of the book via: Goodreads:

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

Joining our bookclub is super easy. Simply pick up the book, read along with us, and at the end of the month we share our review and have a conversation in the comments.

We’ll share our take on An American Marriage the week of May 1st.

Happy Reading!

March Virtual Book Club: The Immortalists

I’m excited to announce we are launching our very first Virtual Book Club. Since so many of you are avid readers, we thought it would be fun to create a book club of our own. But here’s the thing: we don’t have time for an actual book club. What we would like to do is read a great book, drink some wine or have a cup of tea, and talk about it, without having to get a babysitter, or, you know, put on pants.

So that’s what we’re going to do.

The Immortalists

The Immortalists

Here’s how it will work.

1. If you haven’t already, please like us on Facebook. This will give you access to our Facebook Lives and chats about the books.
2. Subscribe to the blog, so you receive daily updates and announcements delivered to your inbox.

For our first book, we selected The Immortalist, by Chloe Benjamin. The story starts in the summer of 1969 in New York City when four siblings visit a gypsy fortune teller who tells each of them the exact date of their deaths. We follow them through life, watching how this knowledge shapes their decisions. I think the story will provide for lots conversation and opinions. I only just started and I’m enjoying it very much.

Take the next few weeks to read the book.  On Thursday, March 29th we’ll post a synopsis and review. On that post, we’ll start the discussion and then host a Facebook Live that evening. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

I hope you join us!  I think this will be a wonderful way to meet readers, and expand on our conversation.  Be sure to add your thoughts and any other book recommendations for upcoming months in the comments below.