Thursday, November 17, 2011

October, November and December's Newsletter

~~~~Stockton Book Club Newsletter ~~~~
October / November / December
Edition #9, 10 & 11
Fall and Winter

The Help byKathyrn Stockett (October’s Book Choice)

The Help is a 2009 novel by American author Kathryn Stockett. The story is about African American maids working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi during the early 1960s. A USA Today article called it one of 2009's "summer sleeper hits".  An early review in The New York Times notes Stockett's "affection and intimacy buried beneath even the most seemingly impersonal household connections" and says the book is a "button-pushing, soon to be wildly popular novel". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said of the book, "This heartbreaking story is a stunning debut from a gifted talent".

Note: If you want a copy of the books that we are reading, please call Jamie at 435-840-8183. I’ll  be happy to get you a copy and have it delivered to your home.

***If you have another book title that you think the Book Club would like to read, please let us know. Send us an e-mail at***

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom (November’s Book Choice)

Tuesdays with Morrie is a 1997 non-fiction novel by American writer Mitch Albom. The story was later adapted by Thomas Rickman into a TV movie of the same name directed by Mick Jackson, which aired on 5 December 1999 and starred Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria. The book topped theNew York Times Non-Fiction Bestsellers of 2000.
This novel tells the true story of Brandeis University retired sociology professor Morrie Schwartz and his relationship with his students. On his graduation, Mitch Albom, the narrator, tells his favorite professor, Morrie Schwartz, that he will keep in touch. However, Mitch doesn't contact his professor until one night when he sees Morrie being interviewed on T.V. It turns out that Morrie has developed ALS, a terminal disease, and is in a wheelchair. Mitch begins to visit his professor and soon realizes that, though he has grown remarkably, he still has a lot to learn from Morrie.
After five years in hardcover, Tuesdays with Morrie was released as a trade paperback in October 2002. It was re-released as a mass-market paperback by Anchor Books in January 2006. According to this edition, 11 million copies of Tuesdays with Morrie are in print worldwide.

Christmas Party!!!!!!

For December we will not have a book to read, but we encourage you to enjoy your holidays with loved ones.  If you would like you can read a book of your liking and you can discuss the book with our club come January.   We will have a Christmas Party, we ask that you bring a White Elephant Gift, a book to trade, and a dessert to share.  

When: Thursday, December 1st 2011
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Stockton Fire Station

Bookjigs Bookmark
We have an order for the bookmarks.  Visit to look at the different designs, each design costs start at $18 for a package of 6.  We can trade and switch designs with other members who have purchased the bookmarks.  These are very nice bookmarks, they clip on to the cover of your book and the ribbon attached will hold your place in your book. You don’t lose your bookmark.


Minny's Chocolate Pie (The Help by Kathryn Stockett)
  1. 1 packaged pie dough crust, such as Pillsbury
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  5. 2 large eggs, beaten
  6. 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  7. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. Whipped cream, for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Ease the pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate and crimp the edges decoratively. Prick the crust lightly with a fork. Line the crust with foil or parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes or until set. Remove the foil and weights and bake for about 5 minutes longer, just until the crust is dry but not browned.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk the sugar with the cocoa powder, butter, eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla and salt until smooth.
  3. Pour the filling into the pie shell and bake for about 45 minutes, until the filling is set around the edges but a little jiggly in the center. Cover the crust with strips of foil halfway through baking. Transfer the pie to a rack and let cool completely before cutting into wedges. Serve with whipped cream.

MAKE AHEAD The chocolate pie can be refrigerated overnight.

Chocolate Chip Cookies (Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom)


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
  3. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.

If you have an idea for a recipe that coordinates with the book, please let us know.

Current Stockton Book Club Members

RonnaLee Hesford - Founder

Jamie West - Co-Founder

Nadine West

Kathleen Memmot

Lela Anderson

Mary Durtschi

Debbie Rusk

Suzanne Thompson

Jim Wilde

Donna Wilde

Don West Jr.

Josie West

Jill Bartholmew

Doralee Speakman

Joyce Grogan

Tami Olsen
Books We Have Read in the Past Months

2009 -

Sept. - To Kill a Mocking Bird by Lee Harper

Oct. - Peyton Place by Grace Metalicous

Nov. - Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Patterson

Dec. - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


Jan. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffennegger

Feb. The Importance of Being Eanest by Oscar Wilde

Mar. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Apr. The Kite Runner by Khaled Housseini

May. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Jun. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Jul. Agent Bishop by Mike Peters

Aug. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Sept. Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lighting Thief by Rick Riodan

Oct. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Lerouix

Nov. The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright

Dec. Collection of Christmas Stories by Various Authors


Jan. Fried Green Tomatoes of the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg.

Feb. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Mar. Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Apr. Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

May. His Name is Guck by Clyde A. Landon

Jun. Like Father, Like Son? by Roger T. Muir and Greg D. Boyle.
Jul. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Aug. Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray
Sept. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Oct. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Nov. Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
Dec. Book of your choice (Opitional)

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