Monthly Archives: July 2007

Cafe Parlez for July – Bridget Jones’s Diary

Another month, another Cafe Parlez!  We’re serving tarts, in honor of the “Tarts and Vicars” party, iced tea (regular and herbal), lime coolers, and pastries.  M is calling everyone to order so that we can discuss this “deep and profound” book.  

First question: is our appearance dictated by ourselves or by society?  Once she has given up obsessing about herself, is that a victory or defeat?  The consensus seems to be a victory for Bridget.  We all feel better in our casual clothes.  Americans seem to be more casual, mainly more than Europeans.  But some of us feel peppier  when we’re “put together”, dressing nicely with makeup. 

Second question: how did the diary format work for you?  People felt the detail of the calory/cigarette/wine counting was tedious and eventually skipped it.  Also some felt she whined too much.  Is a boyfriend the only way a woman can be fulfilled.  This IS her private diary; if you can’t whine in your diary, when can you?  Is the life of a single woman so depressing?  We can live vicariously through Bridget’s diary. 

Third question: what does Bridget look like?  Renee Zellwegger?  The author never describes her, so she’s “Everywoman”.     There are no steamy sex scenes, why?  The understatedness  makes it more fun.  L wants to organize Bridget. 

Bridget’s mother is the cause of most of Bridget’s neurosis.  And her father is semi-normal, though beaten-down.  He’s very proper, too proper to talk about his feelings.  Stiff upper-lip.  Now there’s a discussion on how proper the British are, almost standoffish.  Other cultures have different personal boundaries.

Next question: Sharon’s character in the story as representing feminism.   Would the next generation’s story be different?  Both men and women are changing, though some men need training. 

Discussion done, time for a trivia game!  The group is divided into two teams: the Tarts and the Vicars.    The Vicars win!!!  Everyone gets books from Oprah’s book club, and ARCs from the Mass. Library Association.

Book club’s done for this month.  Join us on August 30 as we discuss “The Devil in the White City”.

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Update on the Harry Potter Party

rita.jpgEveryone had a fantastic time!  40+ kids and parents were sorted by the Sorting Hat, enjoyed a butter beer at The Three Broomsticks, chocolate frogs and wizard cards from the Sweets Cart, made origami owls, wands, and charms, had their fortunes told in Divination Class,divination.jpg and participated in a History of Magic/Harry Potter trivia game with prizes for all.  At midnight, the books came out and were distributed to those who had reserved them.   Big THANK YOU’s to: Bev Loves Books for letting us distribute some of her books and for donating a portion of her proceeds to the Friends; to the Trustees for encouraging us to do this program; to the Friends for supporting this and every program; to the staff for all that they did and for taking nearly everything out of their houses to decorate; and to J. K. Rowling for 10 years of fun and adventure with Harry Potter and his friends.  If anyone was at the party and wants a copy of some of the pictures, drop by or email

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Book Review: The Lumby Lines

lumby-lines.jpgIf you enjoy the type of books called “cozies”, you’ll love The Lumby Lines, by Gail Fraser.  A couple from Virginia vacationing in the Northwest fall in love with and purchase an old monastery, planning on turning it into an inn.  But first they have to win over the townspeople, especially the crusty publisher of the local paper, “The Lumby Lines”, William Beezer.  Interspersed with articles from the paper, the daily police blotter, what Hank the pink flamingo is wearing, and other aspects of small town life is the story of the renovation and how it causes the couple to fall in love with each other all over again.    There is also the additional romance between Brooke, an architect friend from Virginia, and Joshua, an ex-monk from Lumby.  If you liked the Jan Karon novels, you’ll like The Lumby Lines.

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