Book #51 Release

November 3, 2009

Hot off the press is our next book selection called Knit the Season: A Friday Night Knitting Club Novel also by Kate Jacobs, an author whose novels have never disappointed the Chicken Lit’ers. So what exactly are people saying about this book? See for yourself:

“The third installment of The Friday Night Knitting Club, Knit the Season is a feel-good holiday book that celebrates friendships, family, new milestones, and unlimited possibilities for the future.” – Natalie @ Book, Line, and Sinker

“As a fan of the Friday Night Knitting Club novels, I was so excited to see that Kate Jacobs decided to write a holiday novel book this time, KNIT THE SEASON. This novel is exactly what I’ve come to expect from this series — a wonderful story about women and the beauty of their friendships. I find these books to be so enjoyable, and I love how they just warm my heart!” – Julie Peterson @ Booking Mama

Now with our own reviews, so READ ON and don’t forget to stop by and let us know your thoughts on the book #51 web page under ‘Books‘.

BTW: Got any knitting projects you want to share?


Book #50 Release

October 18, 2009

Does this post subject actually read Book #50? Why, yes it does! So how about if we celebrate this blessed milestone with a novel written by one of our tried & true favorite authors, Kate Jacobs? The book is called Comfort Food and will be our third Jacobs book selection. Here’s just a sampling of the buzz going around about this selection:

“Kate Jacobs’ breezy follow-up to her bestselling The Friday Night Knitting Club is a satisfying read that showcases Jacobs’ skill in creating endearingly flawed characters… the kind of book you rush home to finish.” – USA Today

“Gus and the show’s cast, with their humor, moods, and romance, are the sparks that bring this warm and irresistible story to life. Highly recommended.” – Library Journal

On with celebrating our milestone – read away! Please do remember to post your thoughts/comments on the book #50 web page under ‘Books‘ any time.

Psst: Did you know Kate Jacobs is releasing yet another novel soon?
It’s true!

Discussion #2 & Final Wrap-Up: Knit Two

February 16, 2009

Guess what, Chicken Lit’ers? You got it – time for our second and final discussion on book #30, Knit Two, by Kate Jacobs. Shall we finish up with the rest of Jacobs’ reader guide questions? But of course:

  • Did Lucie make the right decision in not telling Will that he was Ginger’s father? Darwin advised her to “think long and hard before you throw a nuclear bomb into his happy family life.” Would you have thrown the bomb? Should Lucie have?
  • How would this story have been different if Anita had not been reunited with Sarah in Rome?
  • When she reaches out to K.C., Catherine tells her: “I’m still trying to define myself. I embraced my independence but somehow everything is just all about me. I am totally self-focused.” Do you think Catherine has “defined herself” by the end of the book?
  • After the flood at Walker and Daughter, Dakota and Peri decide to rebuild. Is this the right decision? How would their lives have changed—perhaps for the better—if they had not rebuilt the store Georgia founded?
  • In her acknowledgments, author Kate Jacobs says “Like the members of the club, I am fortunate to be surrounded by smart, independent women who come through for me whenever I need a helping hand.” What’s the “club” that fills that role in your life?
  • Now’s your chance to rate the novel. On a scale from 1 to 10 (1=completely horrid, 10=amazingly stupendous), what do you give Knit Two?

Post away – and why not give us a suggestion for book #31 while you’re at it? We’re all about welcoming suggestions, you know. Seriously.

Discussion #1: Knit Two

February 10, 2009

So are you ready to chat about Knit Two, by Kate Jacobs? Let’s go ahead and open our first discussion on book #30 with these questions, hand-picked from Jacobs’ reader guide:

  • “The desire to keep everything as it had once been—to freeze time—remained very strong among the group of friends.” In what ways did the ladies of the Friday Night Knitting Club manage to keep things as they were? Have the changes made after Georgia’s death been a positive or a negative for the members of the club?
  • “Having children had never been a question when Anita was young; it was simply the expected order of things. Marriage meant babies and babies meant marriage. Still, it was nice that things were different [now]. Could be different. Anita believed in having options. On the other hand, sometimes it was hard to know which end was up these days.” Which part of being a single mother does Anita feel is “nice” and which makes things seem like “it was hard to know which end was up these days?” Is that a statement about the stigma of unwed motherhood? Or about the hectic pace of single mothers’ lives? Or both?
  • In her haze of exhaustion and stress, Lucie agonizes: “When was it going to make sense? When was she going to wake up and not feel tired? When was it going to feel all right?” Is she typical of women today? Is Lucie’s experience as a single mom more stressful than Anita’s, where “the expected order of things” made all the decisions for her?
  • Catherine always feels out of step with the other members of the club, and at one point reflects: “She wasn’t like the others. It was the one reason why she never really fit in. They were all quite…typical. And she, well, she was different.” Is she really? Why? What, if anything, makes the other members of the group “typical” compared to Catherine?
  • Lucie is forced to defend herself when her brother accuses her of being selfish and not seeing how much help her mother needs: “There’s no rule that a daughter has to do more than a son, and there’s sure as hell no rule that single people should give up their lives so married people get a break.” Is this true? Do you think Lucie’s brothers are being unreasonable? Is Lucie being punished for her life choices or simply being forced to acknowledge that she’s being pulled in different directions? How would you have reacted to that conversation?
  • Discussion of grief and loss runs through both Knit Two and The Friday Night Knitting Club. As Anita says “We grieve loss. It’s not always about death.” What are Anita, Dakota, Catherine, Darwin, Lucie and K.C. grieving for? Are the men of the book—James, Marty and Nathan—also experiencing grief or loss?

… or any other questions you care to discuss? Bring on your comments!

Bookclub Book #30 Release

January 29, 2009

Still working on book #29? That’s ok! This post is just a ‘heads up’ on our bookclub #30 selection, Knit Two, by none other than Kate Jacobs. If you’ve read book #26, The Friday Night Knitting Club, then you already have an idea of what we have in store. Yes, you could say we have high expectations with this sequel. Can you blame us?

So now’s the time to download an audible, borrow from the library, visit your local bookstore, or click on over to Amazon here: Knit Two. Be sure to visit the book #30 web page under ‘Books‘ to the right of this page for the reading timeline and discussion posts. Then just get started reading, simple as that.

So have you started knitting yet? Tell us!

Discussion #3 & Final Wrap-Up: The Friday Night Knitting Club

December 30, 2008

This is it, the 3rd and final discussion of book #26, The Friday Night Knitting Club. And last but not least, let’s finish off with a few more questions from that special reader guide that we know so well:

  • Things get interesting in Scotland when Georgia’s Gran offers her loving but firm analysis of the women’s lives. She points out that Cat is capable of handling stress but hasn’t tried and that Georgia’s spent too much time ruminating on the past. Her advice: mistakes are made; the important thing is to decide how to react to what people offer, because you can’t make them change. How do the women accept this advice in each of their lives?
  • While James and Dakota are in Baltimore visiting his parents, Georgia decides to tell the club that she has cancer. Why does she share her news with the knitting club before she tells her immediate family?
  • When Georgia gets diagnosed, she worries that a show of weakness will be unacceptable to Dakota, James, and others who know and love her as a pillar of strength. How do her loved ones prove her wrong?
  • In your opinion, what is the main lesson of The Friday Night Knitting Club?
  • On a scale from 1-10 (1=worst, 10=best), how do you rate this novel?

Which brings us to the final question… shall we read Knit Two next? Or would you prefer we put it to another poll-thingy vote? Your thoughts are kindly requested.

Discussion #2: The Friday Night Knitting Club

December 30, 2008

To help clean the slate before New Year’s Day, we’re going ahead with the last 2 discussions of book #26, The Friday Night Knitting Club. For those of you Chicken Lit’ers who are not ready to post comments on this section of the book, that’s perfectly ok! We’ll patiently wait to read all about your thoughts when the time is right for you. Meanwhile, here are a few more questions from that handy-dandy reader guide:

  • Georgia has a history of being burned by the people closest to her. Cat’s decision to attend Dartmouth meant breaking a pact of friendship, and James abandoned her for another woman. Do you think there are moments when her defenses against intimacy and protectiveness of Dakota are excessive?
  • How does Dakota’s major act of rebellion (her attempt to go to Baltimore) alter Georgia and James’ playing field? Do you agree with Georgia’s decision on an initial trip to Scotland over a trip to Baltimore?
  • When Cat responds to Georgia’s sincere questions about her college experience at Dartmouth by saying, “It wasn’t like you think,” what does she mean?
  • If Georgia had opened the letters she received from James in a timely fashion, how might things have been different?

Tick tock… tick tock… tick tock… is it 2009 yet?