I have literally just finished A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White and ran to the computer to tell you about it.
I absolutely inhaled this book. Well, to be honest, I sat on it for a bit. I picked it up when Man-Child and I were at the beach a few weeks ago, but was busy with two other books. I finally started reading this one a few days ago and have enjoyed every minute of it.
Author of The Help (which I also love), Katherine Stockett's blurb had this to say "Susan Rebecca White is a wonderful writer." And she's not wrong.
The basic premise of this book is that "three outcasts longing for home come together at Manhattan's Cafe Audrex, a chic gathering place for New York's cultural illuminati."
From the back of the book, "In her most accomplished novel yet, Susan Rebecca White braids together the stories of these three unforgettable characters who must learn that when you embrace the thing that makes you different, you become whole."
I'm actually kind of surprised that I haven't stumbled over this author before now. But now that I have, I know I will be reading more of her work.
In other news, before I sat down determined to finish this book today; I noticed that The Husband's voodoo seemed to be wearing off. Hoping to strike before the rain came back, we headed outside bright and early and tackled the area near the front porch. Of course, we had to stop in the middle to make a trip to the garden center, where I was vindicated when the helpful lady there informed my husband that she also uses cardboard to help cut down on the weeds (he's been telling me that I am crazy). She also informed him that it was good for the worms. Now, I don't know about that - but there you go. And also, of course, I had to make another trip back since we didn't buy enough pine needles. You will be pleased to note that I refrained from telling The Husband, "I told you so" in regards to the pine needles. I did, however, tell him that in regards to the cardboard.
Currently, I have yet another batch of bread (hopefully) baking as I type. I used bread flour and a different brand of yeast, this time around. It seemed less sticky this time but I expected more of a rise, so we shall see. Fingers crossed....