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Book Club: Labor Day

January 21, 2014

Labor Day

My book club was lucky enough to receive copies of Labor Day, by Joyce Maynard, and we met this past weekend to discuss it.  We all liked it, which can be a problem when it comes to discussing a book, but we found plenty to talk about with this one.  The back of the movie tie-in edition has great resources, including a message from Maynard and discussion questions.  I printed the questions out, cut them in strips, and placed them in a bowl.  We each drew a question from the bowl and led the discussion for that question.  It was a great way to keep the discussion on track and get everyone involved.

We’re all excited to see the movie – one person said that she doesn’t picture Kate Winslet as Adele but she’s excited to see her portrayal since it garnered a Golden Globe nomination.  We all want to see how the scene at Pricemart when Henry and Adele first meet Frank is handled.  We’re also anxious to see the pie making scene since we heard Maynard gave Josh Brolin pie making lessons.

Since peaches play a role in a pivotal scene in the book many of our refreshments were peach based.  I think Millie’s homemade peach lemonade was the hit of the day so I’m sharing her recipe here.


juice of 10 lemons
3 (12 ounce) cans peach nectar
1 liter lemon Perrier water
agave syrup to taste

Serve over ice.

I highly recommend Labor Day for a great book club discussion!

Review copy provided by Harper Collins.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
26 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2014 6:03 am

    I’d like to read the book before seeing the movie. Let us know how you compare the two if your club sees the movie also!
    Book Dilettante

  2. sandynawrot permalink
    January 21, 2014 6:32 am

    My book club was talking about hitting some of the books that are being made into movies this year, but we are too late for this one. I still DO want to read it though!

  3. January 21, 2014 6:46 am

    I read it years ago – wonder if I should read it again before seeing the film. Sounds like a good book club pick!

  4. January 21, 2014 6:57 am

    I loved this one when it was first released and think the movie will be good as well.

  5. January 21, 2014 7:58 am

    I love that idea about putting discussion questions into a bowl!

  6. January 21, 2014 9:00 am

    Sounds like you had a good discussion – and the lemonade sounds delicious… oh how I long for summer! 🙂

  7. January 21, 2014 10:27 am

    I hope to get the book read before seeing the movie.

  8. talesofwhimsy permalink
    January 21, 2014 11:23 am

    I looooved the book and can’t wait for the movie.

  9. January 21, 2014 11:43 am

    So fun! I loved the book and I think you did a great job with keeping the discussion on track with the questions!

  10. January 21, 2014 12:01 pm

    Did you see the movie yet? I loved the book. It was a little creepy…the sex scenes with the son listening from the other side of the wall but at the same time, I wanted Adele to find happiness.

  11. January 21, 2014 12:47 pm

    I didn’t know there was a movie based on this. I’ll have to give this book a try since everyone seems to love it.

  12. Patty permalink
    January 21, 2014 2:55 pm

    Now that sounds like the perfect way to discuss this book!

  13. January 21, 2014 3:07 pm

    I loved the book and I’m eagerly anticipating the movie. The pie making part should play well in the movie.

  14. January 21, 2014 4:35 pm

    That peach lemonade sounds delicious! I wasn’t interested in seeing this movie actually but maybe reading the book would make me change my mind.

  15. January 21, 2014 5:10 pm

    Oh my goodness. I can just taste the peach lemonade! I hope to read this book soon. 🙂

  16. January 21, 2014 6:40 pm

    Kathy, it sounds as if you are a great book club host. Millie’s peach lemonade sounds wonderful! I will keep this book in mind for the future.

  17. January 21, 2014 8:05 pm

    I’ve heard good things about this….but haven’t read it yet. It sounds great. And that’s a great idea, putting the questions in a bowl and pulling them out randomly!

  18. January 21, 2014 9:35 pm

    I love your idea of cutting the paper with questions into strips and pulling them out of a bowl… may borrow this for my own book club!

  19. January 21, 2014 9:41 pm

    Kate Winslet always seems to garner the nominations. I think she was nominated like 5 times before she finally won an Academy Awards.

  20. January 21, 2014 10:36 pm

    I love how you handled the questions for your group, what a great idea! That peach lemonade looks yummy!

  21. Beth F permalink
    January 22, 2014 7:43 am

    I too love the idea of the question bowl!

  22. January 22, 2014 10:47 am

    Since you enjoyed this book, I’m hoping I will too. I can’t wait to read it.

  23. January 22, 2014 9:24 pm

    that peach punch sounds delicious! and I was wondering how the book is ~ yours is the first review i’ve seen. so glad it didn’t disappoint!

  24. January 22, 2014 10:09 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation.Sounds like it could be a good book for out book club!

  25. January 24, 2014 9:04 pm

    I saw an early screening of the film and the pie scene IS amazing. I definitely wanted peach pie when it was done!

  26. February 27, 2014 2:23 pm

    How fun! I am glad you all enjoyed the book. 🙂

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