Thursday, August 26, 2010

You're Invited to The W.I.F.E Book & Dinner Club

Hello ladies!!!!
How are you doing today? Great, I hope! We have some great news! We want to start a book & dinner club. We all know what a book club is but I wanted to add dinner (or lunch) to it. A dinner club is where people get together and try new restaurants and never try to eat at the same place twice. When I heard about it, I thought it was a pretty cool concept and why not add the fun of reading with it. Here in Atlanta there are so many restaurants, that you could go years and not eat at the same place twice. I know that if you don't live in Georgia, you wouldn't come out in person (but of course we welcome you!), BUT that's where the online discussion comes in.

The first book that has been chosen is Terry McMillan’s new book, Getting to Happy. The release date is September 7, 2010 and can be purchased here (click). It is a sequel to Waiting to Exhale, which was actually the first book I read for pleasure. I was in high school and had read many books because they were assigned by professors, but this was the first book I actually wanted to read on my own. I remember riding the bus and not being able to book this book down. The characters came to life and it gave me my first real sense of what grown women go through with men, marriage, children, relationships and girlfriends. When it was made into a movie, I think everyone was excited. Even to this day, I don't know too many people that haven't read the book, saw the movie or heard the soundtrack. The fact that she had created a sequel that actually takes place 15 years later makes me even more excited to see the things that the characters have gone through over the years. For one, I am older and have had some of those experiences myself. Also, I am able to put faces with names because of the Waiting to Exhale movie. I really hope they make a movie of this new book. OK, sorry I am getting ahead of myself.

Will you join us? Will you be a part of this book club? Will you discuss it with us? A book is better when you have a friend to discuss it with! The book is released on September 7, 2010 and we will have our online discussion on October 11, 2010. If you live in the Atlanta area we will be discussing the book in a restaurant recommended by one of the WIVES on Saturday, October 9, 2010.

Here is a brief description of the book:
An exuberant return to the four unforgettable heroines of Waiting to Exhale--the novel that changed African American fiction forever.
Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale was more than just a bestselling novel-its publication was a watershed moment in literary history. McMillan's sassy and vibrant story about four African American women struggling to find love and their place in the world touched a cultural nerve, inspired a blockbuster film, and generated a devoted audience.
Now, McMillan revisits Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine, and Robin fifteen years later. Each is at her own midlife crossroads: Savannah has awakened to the fact that she's made too many concessions in her marriage, and decides to face life single again-at fifty-one. Bernadine has watched her mega divorce settlement dwindle, been swindled by her husband number two, and conned herself into thinking that a few pills will help distract her from her pain. Robin has an all-American case of shopaholism, while the big dream of her life-to wear a wedding dress- has gone unrealized. And for years, Gloria has taken happiness and security for granted. But being at the wrong place at the wrong time can change everything. All four are learning to heal past hurts and to reclaim their joy and their dreams; but they return to us full of spirit, sass, and faith in one another. They've exhaled: now they are learning to breathe.

Click here to find Terry McMillan’s tour dates (if you want your book signed)
If you live in the Atlanta area she will be Atlanta, GA - 7:00 PM Tuesday, September 14
Georgia Center for the Book
DeKalb County Public Library
215 Sycamore St.
Decatur, GA 30030

If you plan on reading Getting to Happy with us, please send an email to , and send your name, email address and city. In addition to the email, we strongly suggest you go the lower right side of the home page of this blog and SUBSCRIBE to either POST or COMMENTS (or both) so when we post about the book(s) you will get the comments once you comment (similar to when you comment on someones facebook comment). Once we get the database created we can send out suggestions for future book and restaurant suggestions.

Thanks Ladies!

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