April 30, 2011

A Reliable Wife

This month's book club installment featured Robert Goolrick's novel A Reliable Wife.  I've grown to love this once a month event and look forward to what our next discussion will have in store!  Unanimously, our little book club agreed that this book was far more dark and twisted than the title portrays, but generally we gave it thumbs up reviews. 

A synopsis of the book:
He placed a notice in a Chicago paper, an advertisement for "a reliable wife." She responded, saying that she was "a simple, honest woman." She was, of course, anything but honest, and the only simple thing about her was her single-minded determination to marry this man and then kill him, slowly and carefully, leaving her a wealthy widow, able to take care of the one she truly loved.
What Catherine Land did not realize was that the enigmatic and lonely Ralph Truitt had a plan of his own. And what neither anticipated was that they would fall so completely in love.
Filled with unforgettable characters, and shimmering with color and atmosphere, A Reliable Wife is an enthralling tale of love and madness, of longing and murder.

The literary banter was lively and the food and drinks were flowing.  A good time was had by all.  Since it was my turn to host, in true charmed life styling, I whipped together a little casual tablescape of nibbles perfect for noshing during our discussion.  And of course we had a theme for our entertaining buffet, Book Work Treats.  Each of the oh-so-simple appetizers was named for a famous literary work.  Hey, it's not every day we get to dine on Hamlet sandwiches and The Inferno pretzels!

Quick and Easy Nibbles to Enjoy During Lively Discussion

 With just a little creative thinking, your creatively named book worm menu isn't as far away as you may think!  Our buffet menu included:
  • Hamlet sandwiches
  • Oliver Twists
  • The Inferno pretzel mix
  • Peter Pan dip and apples
  • Chocolat brownies
  • And of course, a bowl of adorable "book worms" :)

  • Peanutty Goodness!  Peter Pan Dip and Apple Wedges
    Oliver Twists:  Spanish Olives + Puff Pastry =  RAVE Reviews

So grab a few friends, a juicy read and a few fun apps and have your own book club!