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Date: June 30, 2006
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Hi ladies, I'll miss you tonight but I am thinking about you!!  Great website, Kellie.  Next month I can introduce you to our newest "mini-member"  Have fun and easy tonight on those Hurricanes!  Love, Trish


Date:  July 11, 2006
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Nice website, Kellie!  I keep saying I have to read more.  I'll have to pick up one of these books at the library.  Brenda T.
 


Date: July 12, 2006
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Hi Kellie, I think this is really cool.  Thanks for sharing it with us.  Jean Trounstine, the editor of Why I'm Still Married is (or was) a professor at Middlesex college.  I took one of her classes a few years ago.  Bethany


Date:  July 12, 2006
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love the site, Kellie...so this is why you never to come to the "other" book club!  mary h.


Date: July 12, 2006
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Hi Kellie this sure looks like fun!  Also a great resource for books to read that are reviewed by people I know.  Thanks.  Barbara Bradley


Date: July 12, 2006
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Kellie, This site looks great!!  Good job on both sites!!  Roxie


Date:  July 12, 2006
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I really like to look at your website creations.  Kellie...Love Louise Romano


Date: July 12, 2006
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I happen to love this website.  I received it today and gone back in it 3 times...this is my 4th! I like the set up and all the different comments!  Best of all, I like to know a little about each of you! And the books and your thoughts on each!  Thanks so much. Diane Hayden


Date: July 12, 2006
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Hi Kellie, I love the website.  I'm going to have to start reading again.  Thanks for thinking of me.  Elaine Bergeron


Date: July 13, 2006
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Hey Kellie, Diane H. forwarded me the website...it looks GREAT.  LOADS of fun, too.  We need to catch up, because you MUST have a secret to raising 3 kids, working, AND catching up on all the good books!  See you soon!  Bonnie VZ (Currently a "non-reading" mom)!


Date: July 13, 2006
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Hello Kellie; Even though I don't read too much, I am in awe of this website.  WELL DONE!!  Uncle Richy


Date: July 13, 2006
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Hi Kerrie and Kellie, I love your website.  I also love to read and would love to find something similar here.  Have fun and keep in touch.  Love, Aunty Anna


Date: July 14, 2006
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Amazing Kellie.....where do you find the time?? - Allison


Date: August 31, 2006
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I am ready to board a plane from Arizona and join your bookclub!  What an outstanding sight, full of terrific ideas for my book club!  I will revisit from time to time, I'm sure.  LJD, Tuscon


Date: September 1, 2006
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This is a wonderful website.  Thanks for taking the time and putting this together.  Keep up the great work.  A big fan


Date:  October 1, 2006
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Met Kellie at the Wakefield Craft Fair September 30th and she told me about your website!  Very nice.  Sheila Young hatsbysheila@comcast.net


Date: October 17, 2006
Comments:
Hi Kellie, your website is really quite spectacular!  Love the movie star bit!  I just finished a book for my book club that I think your group would enjoy.  It's really endearing to moms.  Karen H.


Date:  October 28, 2006
Comments:
Hi- This is a terrific website!!  Your section on fun things/games had great ideas.  Something our bookgroup does once in a while is try to imagine if the we are reading was made into a movie - what actual actors/actresses could we imagine playing the roles.  Your book lists were interesting and had lots of titles I hadn't heard of, always a good thing.  Gail


Date: October 31, 2006
Comments:
This is a wonderful website!  My sad little book club, that really is an excuse to get together, never reads.  After seeing this wonderful web site, we tried to get reorganized and re-energized. I suggested that we read The Time-Traveler's Wife as your recommendations of it were wonderful.  One person loved it in my group, another couldn't get past the first 50 pages or so, and for that reason the rest of the group refused to read it.  Oh well.  By the way, Laura in your group, really is Erma Bombeck.  Switch out the picture of Meg and put Erma in its place!  Oh well!


Date: November 5, 2006
Comments:
Hi Stacey!!!  Great website, cute idea including actresses to play the roles of the book club members!  Marissa should be thanking you to even think she could measure up to Stacey.  You go girl!!  Colleen


Date: November 7, 2006
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Just read about your group in the Wakefield Item...sounds like a lot of fun.  The web site is great...very creative.  I have attempted to organize a book club several times, but was not successful.  Next time I'll think of you ladies and try to model.  Have fun reading!  R. Chansky


Date:  November 18, 2006
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I love that you took the time and effort to start Mom's Reading Book Club.  Your commitment to yourself, your group, and your reading shows a love and high regard for yourself as an individual.  Good for you girls!!


Date: November 20, 2006
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Hi Stacey,I love your book club website.  Sorry I didn't identify myself last night.  Please ask your book club to read Wild at Heart, Discovering the Secrets of a Man's Soul.  I would love to know what you young women think about the book.  Thank you for sharing your website, it's really fun!  I love all the actresses that resemble you girls.  Looks like a very interesting group.  Enjoy!  Love, Mom


Date:  December 12, 2006
Comments:
Well Done!  Thank you!


Date: December 14, 2006
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dear stacey,  I had such fun reading about your club members!  I now have a new book list from their favorites.  if this was a dating club, I'd be interested -  they are beautiful too!  See ya, kathy b.


Date: February 11, 2007
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Hi Kellie, I met you at Brenda's party.  Love the website.  All Souls is a great book.  My husband is from Southie.  And my brother-in-law is mentioned in the book.  I believe page 95.  Michael Faith. I have read a lot of these books on your list.  Happy reading.  Jennifer Faith  Jfa71@msn.com


Date: March 4, 2007
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I came across your wonderful website when looking for discussion questions for our upcoming Book Club meeting on "Shadow of the Wind". We meet monthly at a local book store in Bucksport, Maine and anyone is welcome...sometimes we have 4 and sometimes we have 14. You all are very inventive in your meetings. You should read "Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons" as it is a delightful read about ladies in the suburbs who start a book club and you follow their lives for decades. "The Sparrow" was one of my favorites, but wasn't complete until I read her sequel "Children of God" which completed the story for me. We've also occasionally read an older book and then have had a movie night to compare the book to the movie...Peyton Place, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Nobody's Fool (Richard Russo). Linda in Maine  Bottlepond@aol.com


Date: May 19, 2007
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Hi everyone, I hope you all are doing well!! I logged on today to look up Cheri's tater tot casserole. I come on the website every now and then just to see what you guys are up to. I miss you guys. Trish


Date: June 19, 2007
Comments: 
Great site!  My group needs one too!  Thanks for the ideas.  Anyone out there do successful field trips??  Gayle   Gaylegrey@aol.com


Date:  September 5, 2007
Comments:
  Your book club seems like so much fun! I started a book club in Illinois about 8 months ago. We now have 7 members. I am from Massachusetts! Which towns do you live in? I did have a question about fees? Do you charge members to join? What about who buys the books? We alternate houses and the hostess chooses the book. Any advice would be helpful.  Kristin from Illinois  Kristin@ktsewingstudio.com  THANKS!


Date:  September 9, 2007
Comments:  I was given your website by the "chef-extraordinaire" in your group, Laura, as a great place to find really good recipes. As it appears, you are all "chef-extraordinaires"! What a great website. I love the creativity and organization of your book club. Seems like you have a lot of fun! The website is full of great suggestions for so many new books I want to read - love the rating system! Thanks for sharing!  Marge Dwyer  mmd711@comcast.net


Date:  January 18, 2008
Comments: 
Hello Ladies, Kerrie suggested that I take a look at your website, as we have enjoyed many of the same books. I must say, I'm amazed! The site is great, the book lists are inspiring and I love the combination of reading and eating great food (two of my favorite things!) I am sure I would find the people equally amazing and no doubt there are a lot of laughs. I hope I get to meet you all. Dorie


Date:  January 24, 2008
Comments:  Hi, my name is Diane Amerault and I am a friend of Susan's. Loved your web site and I would love to join your book club. I am also a Mom who loves to read. I have two children, Robert 11 and Amanda 9. My favorite book is The Pact by Jodi Picoult and I just finished reading The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky. My favorite movie is Moonstruck. I don't know who would play me in a movie, maybe Queen Latifah?  Hope to meet you all soon.  Diane.  


Date:  February 13, 2008
Comments:  Kellie,  upon your suggestion, I came to check out your website! It is incredible...you do not miss a beat! It was great to meet you and I enjoyed chatting (my favorite thing to do...can you tell?)!  Mary says hello and to hurry back to her bookclub!  Happy Reading!  Kim O'Neill


Date:  February 15, 2008
Comments:  Hi, just droppin’ by your site.. it’s really cute… nice work!    Alexis


Date:  October 29, 2008
Comments:  How do I get a website just like this one for our book group? I love it! : )   Kathygrz@bellsouth.net 


Date:  January 9, 2009
Comments:  Hello this is author Earl Sewell. I would like to extend an invitation for you to join a social network for book clubs I've started. It's free to join and it's all about book club members coming together and sharing. Check us out at www.aabookclubs.ning.com
Best, Earl Sewell    www.earlsewell.com


Date:  January 11, 2009
Comments:  Hi everyone at Mom's Reading:  I am so impressed with your organization (in every sense of the word, :) the quality and range of the books you choose (not just Oprahville), and especially how gorgeous you all are. I mean, what are the chances? I also enjoy the icons from all of you for every book read, gives me a taste of who you are as well as what the book is like - very fun.
Keep up the good work, and thanks so much for getting in touch with me!  Erica Ferencik  www.cracksinthefoundation.com


Date:  January 28, 2009
Comments:  Hi all - I know Dorie and Kerrie and refer to your site when its my turn to pick a book for my book club. Thanks....so far the ones I've selected from your list have been a hit with my group, your site is a great help, I especially love the symbols...great idea!!
Keep it up...   Claire D.


Date:  February 23, 2009
Comments:  Kellie:  Absolutely LOVE your website--I found you from a post on www.ReadingGroupGuides.com. I rarely find book clubs as fun as yours, and would love to share ideas--check out my website at www.bookclubcheerleader.com and my book club's site at www.readersinthehood.com.
Happy Reading--and Go Book Clubs!
Marsha Toy Engstrom
The Book Club Cheerleader


Date:  March 21, 2009
Comments:  Hi Ladies,  It was so great meeting all of you last night in Newburyport. Gotta love Franz & Kurt!! This website is so great!! I'm hoping that we can create something similar however, Kellie...looks like a lot of work!!  Let's keep in touch and maybe have a combined book group at some point!
Anita, Susan & Leslie from The Reading Book Club


Date:  June 1, 2009
Comments:  So what do I do if I live across the country and I want to discuss books with you all?? I am a new mom (at 42, no less!) with a 4 month old and I love to read. I'm always looking for people to talk to about books and discuss recommendations. Also, I noticed that Cheri and I have one of the same favorite books and one of the same favorite movies, and our birthdays are one week apart. Kind of cool. Amy@inawordink.net


Date:  June 26, 2009
Comments:  Thanks for sharing your website!!  I love it. We are a new bookclub. We are on our 6th or so book and are still ironing out things. I LOVE your rating system. So far we have rated 1-5...but I like your emoticons w/descriptions. I hope u don't mind if I borrow it! ;) We do have a website and I just got some great ideas from yours!
Again, thx for sharing your reading group online.  Jen jdjenb@yahoo.com


Date:  July 26, 2009
Comments:  I did a pedicure on your member Beth today, she mentioned about the book club and gave me the web site. I am really impressed, very organized, fun activities, good friends, and good reading.  I told her that I was going to try to look into joining a book club, through my library or area libraries.  Thanks for this wonderful website, I will keep checking back. Thanks Beth


Date:  September 8, 2009
Comments:  I enjoyed looking this over. It's always interesting to see what people like and what totally fails to connect. There is no way to predict. My two daughters (ages 32 and 34) and I all love Possession by A.S. Byatt.   Kellie, you will have to tell me why it didn't work with your group. Gray S.


Date:  October 19, 2009
Comments:  Thank you for sharing your books and reviews. Our group has trouble deciding on which books to read and I've gotten a couple of ideas from you. Also we need help!  One of our member monopolizes everything. Any suggestions?   Jane  jep171@yahoo.com


Date:  October 23, 2009
Comments:  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your website. It is so clever, organized and helpful with reviews and ideas. Our book club has been meeting for almost eight  years and we need some new ideas. Love the idea of the games. Thanks for sharing. Sue


Date: January 7, 2010
Comments:  Found a link to your website from www.ReadingGroupGuides.com. I love it! I am in a book club, too and was wondering if I could post a link to your site on our humble site? pharp007@verizon.net


Date:  January 20, 2010
Comments:  Hi Kellie, love your website. We are having a chick flick night with the Julia Child new movie and cooking the Beef bourguignon, ceasar salad and Bombe aux trois chocolats.


Date:  January 21, 2010
Comments:  Hi Dorie and Kerrie and all, I always check your site to see what your opinions were on a book...love the icons...before I recommend my choice for my book club....Thanks for this site...its the greatest...hope all is well...coffee some time?  Claire D.


Date:  January 30, 2010
Comments:  I ran across your website on a list posted at my library. I have always thought it would be neat to attend a book club. Maybe with your guidance I will move forward with it. I noticed you read Elin Hilderbrand, I have just finished reading her books and really enjoyed them!!  Nicole   nickimiller@verizon.net


Date:  February 6, 2010
Comments:  I absolutely love your site and your book club! Great ideas!


Date:  February 23, 2010
Comments:  I also belong to a small book group in town. After chatting with one of the town librarians about local book groups, she told me about your site. It's really cool. You are a lot more active than we are, I'm hoping your efforts will inspire our group!  Thanks!


Date: April 8, 2010
Comments:  I love Julia!!  She is an icon,supreme and forever reigning.The queen of all cooking......Marlo


Date:  April 21, 2010
Comments:  What do you get with you mix Indiana Jones with Golda from Fiddler on the Roof?. . . you get Broken Birds, The Story of My Momila.  I would like to send you my memoir, for book review consideration. How and to whom do I send it?
One of Amazon.com’s top 100 reviewers gave it 5 stars.
Book Clubs are for reading, but more than that . . . they are for discussing.
Here are a few questions, which will invariably come up if/when you read Broken Birds.

1) What would I do if all my life I was sure of my Mother’s love and when she died I learned to the contrary? And the plot thickens . . . whatever you learn Mom was a holocaust survivor - so we must forgive.
2) But can we?
3) What about our siblings, do we forgive them their places in mom’s heart?
Channa outwitted Nazi soldiers, slept in snow-covered forests and survived WWII all by the age of 12. The consequences will be that her five children will fight for the own survival . . . between each other. Broken Birds examines the Holocaust, not as an event frozen in history, but as a looming force shaping the lives of future generations.  Like so many other survivors, my parents immigrated to America after World War II, attempting to regain a sense of normalcy in Suburban California. Despite new surroundings, they could not escape the psychological effects of their pasts. They raised my four siblings and me according to the laws they learned during the war—laws that are an ill fit for normal life. As we grew into adults and formed families of our own, we found ourselves at odds with the lessons our mother taught us—lessons to cling desperately to one another while viewing the world outside our home as a place filled with imminent danger. Broken Birds is the memoir of my experiences as the daughter of Holocaust survivors, from the horrific events that shaped my parents to the collapse of a family whose identity was built around the atrocities they survived.  Broken Birds is the work of extensive study of both my own family history and the experiences of families like mine. I have spent the last few years of my life digging through old family documents and photographs and lining my parents’ stories up against the events of history. I also gained invaluable insight from the personal testimonies of other survivors, whose perspectives enabled me to better understand and explain the parents who raised me. Their stories, my parents’ stories, and the stories of all first and second generation survivors fuel this book.
Jeanette Katzir
www.Brokenbirds.com
thebrokenbirds@aol.com


Date: May 10, 2010
Comments: Hi there! We are also a bunch of busy moms. we have 6 weeks before we meet again. Can you recommend a good book to start off the summer? thanks!  Nancy Zimmer


Date:  May 19, 2010
Comments: You ladies are wonderful, and so is your website/blog. Thank you for coming to the Reading Public Library last evening to tell about your terrific book group. We librarians love such enthusiasm!  Nancy


Date:  May 24, 2010
Comments:  Thanks again Kellie, for your fabulous presentation at Reading Public Library's (kind of) annual Book Group Night. You and your group are so enthusiastic - it is absolutely contagious! You have created so many wonderful memories with your group already - imagine how many more the future holds...Wishing you years of fun and reading - which you have done a fantastic job of combining!


Date:  May 29, 2010
Comments:  Heard Kellie speak @ the library on May 18th.What a great book group you all have. Have just finished reading : The Day the World Came to Town - 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland. I had never thought about what the planes and passengers in the air that day went through. Also had never heard of this book. I loved the story - thank you, thank you!  Sheila Young



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