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The 1010 Park Place Book Club!

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I’m excited to announce that we’re kicking off the 1010 Park Place Book Club next month!

For this book club, I want to focus on books that provoke thoughts about what it means to Make Life Count.

My goal is to choose books that explore our identities as daughters, sisters, mothers, aunts, grandmothers, wives, lovers, and friends and explore our often-complicated relationships with others and with ourselves. I’ll also be looking for books about reinventing ourselves in mid-life since so many of us seem to be embarking on that journey. Mainly I’ll be choosing novels but the occasional non-fiction book may sneak onto the list. And, of course, I welcome suggestions about books you love.

The 1010 Park Place book club will be inclusive and accessible: no pop quizzes about metaphors, I promise! We’ll use the comments field as our virtual living room, and I encourage you to enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine as you read along.

To kick things off, I’ve picked Holly Robinson’s Folly Cove. I first came across Holly’s work last year when I read Chance Harbor. I loved her exploration of family dynamics in that book and the ocean-side setting provided a wonderful escape. In Holly’s newest book, Folly Cove, she explores the relationship between three very different sisters and their formidable mother. The book is set at a picturesque inn in Massachusetts, so reading it is like taking a little vacation.

Our book club will kick off in a post on Tuesday, November 15. I will be interviewing author, Holly Robinson, and she will answer your questions about the book or the writing process. If you have a question for Holly, you can put it in the comments field below or send me an email before October 31 so we have time to get your questions answered.

Happy reading!


  • Shari E October 19, 2016 at 7:30 am

    What a fun idea! Looks like an interesting book too.

    • Jen October 20, 2016 at 8:24 am

      It’s a great read. Hope you join us, Shari!

  • Doreen McGettigan October 19, 2016 at 7:34 am

    That is such a great idea. Folly Cove is on my lst.
    I’d be happy to send you a copy of my latest book, for consideration.

    • Jen October 20, 2016 at 8:27 am

      That would be great, Doreen. Email me at read jen lawrence [at] gmail [dot] com and we can connect. Hope you join us at book club.

  • Marguerite October 19, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I just downloaded the book. Now about that bottle of rum?

    • Jen October 20, 2016 at 8:28 am

      Yes! Rum is an excellent fall reading companion. Glad you are joining us, Marguerite.

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski October 20, 2016 at 11:30 am

    What a wonderful idea to have a book club. It sounds like an interesting book with an accompaniment of rum. LOL

    • Jen Lawrence October 25, 2016 at 9:09 am

      It’s a great fall read. Hope you can join us!

  • 1010ParkPlace October 20, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    I need to get my friend, Charlie’s, recipe for Hot Buttered Rum. I’ve tried to make it for years, but it’s never as good as his. He uses Jamaican run, a stick of cinnamon, real butter and Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider. Thought I was ER bound because of the flu, but one of his Hot Buttered Rums healed me! Caslin him know! xoxox, Brenda

    • Jen Lawrence October 25, 2016 at 9:10 am

      That sounds amazing! I’d love to see that recipe and share it with the group!

  • Susan Tolles October 21, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    You mean we can actually read a book for FUN? What a great idea! I’m not a rum gal, but I’m sure I can find a good substitute. 🙂

    • Jen Lawrence October 25, 2016 at 9:11 am

      Yup! Pure fun. I want a guilt-free book group where the book is a pleasure to read. Hope to see you at book club! xo

  • Maggie Grace Rasor October 22, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I will probably drink coffee and not rum, but this sounds like a great idea. I’m nursing a broken foot, so I need something good to read. The UPS guy has been quite busy with my amazon.com orders. I will add this one to the list! Will there be a thread where we can discuss the book?

    • Jen Lawrence October 25, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Hope your foot is on the mend, Maggie. At at least you are making the best of it by reading! You can put any questions you have here in the comments field, and on November 15 there will be a book club post where we can all discuss the book in the comments field. And if you have questions for the author, she’s kindly offered to answer them! Should be fun. Hope you join us!

  • Beth Djalali October 23, 2016 at 8:19 am

    wow, jen! this is great. a book club is just what i need. i love knocking around a brick and mortar book store and inhaling the ink.
    so now i have an excuse to pay a visit.
    xoxo beth

    • Jen Lawrence October 25, 2016 at 9:14 am

      I love a book store too. xo

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