December Evening Book Club – The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Join us for a fun and lively book/movie discussion on Wednesday, December 6th at 7:30pm. Our first book of the year was turned into a film so if you don’t have time to read the book, just watch the movie!  Then come on over for a relaxing evening of wine, dessert, and good conversation.

Event Details

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Book Club Chair, Heather at heatherprincehornby@outlook.com

This month we’re reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog. More about the book:

We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Renée, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted to television. Yet, unbeknownst to her employers, Renée is a cultured autodidact who adores art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. With humor and intelligence she scrutinizes the lives of the building’s tenants, who for their part are barely aware of her existence.

Then there’s Paloma, a twelve-year-old genius. She is the daughter of a tedious parliamentarian, a talented and startlingly lucid child who has decided to end her life on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday. Until then she will continue behaving as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not an outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter.

Paloma and Renée hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Paloma’s trust and to see through Renée’s timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her. This is a moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.

 

November Afternoon Book Club – Exit West by Moshin Hamid

 

Join us for a potluck lunch and lively discussion on November 28th. Newcomers, new members are invited and most welcome!

Event Details

Please RSVP to Jen and bring a potluck dish to share.

This month we are reading Exit West by Moshin Hamid.

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . .

Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

Uptown Art Painting Night Out

Town Club members showcased their creative talents at Uptown Art in Denville on Wednesday, October 18th.

 

 

 

 

 

Can you tell what we painted??

 

 

You guessed it! It’s Mountain Lake. What a fun night to meet new friends and catch up with old ones. We hope that you can make the next Town Club program!

October Evening Book Club – My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

Join us for a fun and lively book/movie discussion on Wednesday, October 25th at 7:30pm. Our first book of the year was turned into a film so if you don’t have time to read the book, just watch the movie!  Then come on over for a relaxing evening of wine, dessert, and good conversation.

Event Details

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Book Club Chair, Heather at heatherprincehornby@outlook.com

This month we’re reading My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier.  Read more about the book/film:

Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in Philip as his heir, a man who will love his grand home as much as he does himself. But the cosy world the two construct is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries – and there he dies suddenly. Jealous of his marriage, racked by suspicion at the hints in Ambrose’s letters, and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousin’s widow with hatred in his heart. Despite himself, Philip is drawn to this beautiful, sophisticated, mysterious Rachel like a moth to the flame. And yet… might she have had a hand in Ambrose’s death?

Welcome to Mountain Lakes!

The Newcomers’ Cocktail Party is our club’s annual ‘Welcome to Mountain Lakes!’ to all residents who have moved to town in the past calendar year.

If you’re new to town and haven’t received your invitation, please contact Holly Daniel.