Bound by Books (Female Friendship Group)
This book is about five neighborhood women who form a book club and friendships that span over thirty years. On a whim, Minneapolis housewives decide to start a book club in 1968, which they call “Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons” after one of their husbands makes a snide remark about their group. This club is about more than eating bon bons, or good desserts, though, or even the books they discuss. It’s about sharing a part of themselves. It’s about trust, and heartache, secrets and support. As the lives of these very different women move on with highs and lows, there are two things that remain constant: their friendships and the book club.
For anyone who’s been involved in a book club, as I’ve been lucky enough to do now for almost a decade, this book is partiularly gratifying. It reminds me that books aside, we are a group of friends whose time together I truly value. The books are fun to discuss. We get riled up. We vent. We relate to the characters—or not. Being in the club also makes me read books I would never have picked on my own. It opens up a new world for me and I appreciate that. But books aside, we get to share our lives: good and bad. Mostly we laugh and smile in the excitement of babies, vacations, and even a reality show my sister was involved in. But there are also tough times where quiet nods offer heartfelt consolation.
Our book club is the glue that binds us. Even though many of us in our group are related, we probably woudn’t get together on a regular basis if it weren’t for the club. We wouldn’t make the time in our busy lives—and we’d be missing out. Book clubs give a whole new meaning to clubbing!
My own book club had this to say about "Angry Housewives":
- No surprise, we all enjoyed the book theme, although it would have been nice for the ladies of Freesia Court to dive into the book discussions more instead of just mentioning the titles as was mostly the case.
- We liked all the ladies with their diverse personalities. Audrey especially stood out, because she's a woman who's comfortable in her skin--no matter what her scale says.
- One big distraction was that while most of the chapters were written in third person, every so often some chapters switched to first person. This sudden change left some readers scratching their heads.
- Some big gaps in time also didn't sit too well with other readers. (Not me. I thought the flow was fine.)
- This book could have been shorter in length and definitely in a larger font, not that tiny print. I'm not saying it should be a huge font that you could read across the room, just the normal-sized fonts of most books.
- On the whole we appreciated the friendships and the club that knit their lives together.
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Other Female Friendship Books:
• The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas: Loved this book! Group of women connect through quilting.
• The Floribama Ladies’ Auxiliary and Sewing Circle by Lois Battle: Group of women connected through their workplace.
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Books Mentioned in "Angry Housewives"
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- The Kinsey Report
- Author: Eudora Welty
- Author: Charles Dickens
- Author: Edna Ferber
- Author: Bernard Malamud
- Hotel by Arthur Hailey
- Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver
- Middlemarch by George Eliot
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac
- Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
- Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
- The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
- Dr. Faustus by Thomas Mann
- The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Thomas Wolfe
- Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex by Dr. David Reuben
- Love Story by Erich Segal
- Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
- The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
- The Total Woman by Marabel Morgan
- Roots by Alex Haley
- The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank by Erma Bombeck
- Carrie by Stephen King
- Looking for Mr. Goodbar by Judith Rossner
- Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
- Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurty
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
- Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
- The Confessions of Nat Turner
- Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
- My Home Is Far Away by Dawn Powell
- In the Spirit of Crazy Horse by Peter Matthiesen
- A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
- Out on a Limb by Shirley MacLaine
- The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
- West With the Night by Beryl Markham
- The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West
- The Awakening by Kate Chopin
- Handling Sin by Michael Malone
- The Stand by Stephen King
- My Antonia by Willa Cather
- A Farwell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
- The Beginning and the End by Naguib Mahfouz
- Kristin Lavansdatter by Sigrid Undset
- Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
- The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
- Eastward Ha! By S.J. Perelman
- Love in Ruins by Walker Percy
- The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
- The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
- The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
- The Drifters by James Michener
- A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
- The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
- Think on These Things Krishnamurti
- Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Did I miss any?
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Happy Reading, Happy Clubbing,