Let’s get creepy, Lawrenceville

Want to know something REALLY SCARY? In a couple weeks, a doctor is going to cut out my tonsils.  This means that Book Buzz: Pairings will NOT be meeting the second Tuesday in October.  However, Joe, Kate and Sarah didn’t want to skip October entirely and suggested we talk about TWO books at ONE meeting. Crazy!! But, I do what the people want.

They also suggested reading scary books.  I’m totally okay with that — it will be October, after all.  So, here’s what’s on deck:

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 | CLP – Lawrenceville

The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodara, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, the lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable noises and self-closing doors, but Hill House is gathering its powers and will soon choose one of them to make its own.


The Woman in Black | Susan Hill

Arthur Kipps is an up-and-coming London solicitor who is sent to Crythin Gifford–a faraway town in the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway–to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of a client, Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. Mrs. Drablow’s house stands at the end of the causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but Kipps is unaware of the tragic secrets that lie hidden behind its sheltered windows. The routine business trip he anticipated quickly takes a horrifying turn when he finds himself haunted by a series of mysterious sounds and images–a rocking chair in a deserted nursery, the eerie sound of a pony and trap, a child’s scream in the fog, and, most terrifying of all, a ghostly woman dressed all in black.

Don’t be afraid…



Sorry, Lawrencevillains.

I know, Lawrenceville Book Buzzers, I’ve been slacking. It’s not that we haven’t been meeting — I’ve just been neglecting the blog.  I could give you all kinds of excuses, but I won’t.

Over the past couple months we’ve talked about the Jazz Age, religion and flowers.  Personally, I’ve really enjoyed a lot of the books – several of which were new to me.  Particular favorites were Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose, and the absolutely beautiful Language of Flowersby Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

Next Tuesday, 9/24, the intrepid buzzers will be meeting at greenSinner to talk about Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart.

From the library catalog:

We buy more flowers a year than we do Big Macs, spending $6.2 billion annually. We use them to mark our most important events, to express sentiments that might otherwise go unsaid. And we demand perfection. So it’s no surprise that there is a $40 billion global industry devoted to making flowers flawless. Amy Stewart takes us inside the flower trade-from the hybridizers, who create new varieties in the laboratory, to the growers, who produce flowers by the millions (often in a factory-like setting), to the Dutch auctioneers, who set the bar (and the price), and ultimately to the neighborhood florists orchestrating the mind-boggling demands of Valentine’s and Mother’s Day. There’s the breeder intent on developing the first blue rose; an eccentric horticultural legend who created the world’s most popular lily; a grower of gerberas of every color imaginable; and the equivalent of a Tiffany diamond: the ” Forever Young” rose. Stewart explores the relevance of flowers in our lives and in our history, and in the process she reveals all that has been gained-and lost-by tinkering with nature.

Stay tuned next week, and I’ll reveal our October selections!