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Kitchen Essays | Agnes Jekyll
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A fascinating '20s time capsule on cooking and hospitality. Though the recipes ranged from utterly mystifying to downright revolting (so much aspic! So many hard-boiled eggs shoved through a sieve!), the prose is lovely. For instance, on weddings: "...goblets of sparkling drink, delicious fragrance of rosemary, lavender, and cedar wood...music, laughter, and the love of friends. What an hour to remember later in the silence and the starlight."

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High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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Ahhh, one of ours! 📖


Tamra I feel sorry for Maggie! 3 chapters in and the atmosphere feels unsettled/precarious. I‘m enjoying it, wondering where the story is headed. 3d
charl08 🤣🤣 3d
LeahBergen Love it! 😆 I can‘t wait to get started. 2d
CarolynM 🤣 I‘m enjoying it a lot! now
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Expiation: by Elizabeth | Elizabeth Von Arnim
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#persophonebookshop so my 3 picks were ; high wages , to bed with grand music and expiation I‘m a huge Dorothy whipple fan and adored someone from a distance , and Mrs Pettigrew lives for the day , I also have they knew mr knight and they were sisters - if I have those names right and Marianne by dickens grand daughter , such a beautiful shop

jlhammar How beautiful! 2d
LeahBergen I loved Expiation! So good. 😍😍 2d
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To Bed with Grand Music | Marghanita Laski, Sarah Russell, Juliet Gardiner
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#persephonebookshop beautiful bath #persephonebooks ❤️😍

LeahBergen I‘ve only been to the shop once, when it was still in London. I think I need to plan another trip to Bath! 2d
CarolynM @LeahBergen I have a fantasy that the #PersephoneClub will meet there one day🤩 1d
LeahBergen @CarolynM OMG. We must!! 1d
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High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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Our bath weekend book 📚 haul trip 😍🫶🏻#persephonebookshop #persephone

High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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Hello! I was mulling over how to do our voting order and decided to just go alphabetically (by Litsy user name). We have 11 members so it looks like we‘ll be covering most of 2024 now. 😆

Here‘s our order: @Aimeesue @andrew61 @CarolynM @Cathythoughts @elkeOriginal @Gissy @jlhammar @LeahBergen @quietjenn @rubyslippersreads @willaful

@Aimeesue and @andrew61 : Please make a post with 2 Persephone books for us to vote on for February & April. 👇

LeahBergen Once we have those votes in, I‘ll get the next two members to post their choices. This should eliminate too much overlap of book choices. 3d
LeahBergen As a reminder: we read a Persephone book every two months (February, April, June, August, October, and December). 3d
CarolynM Wow, planning into 2024! Looking forward to seeing everyone‘s choices🙂 3d
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Aimeesue So just to be clear for the new girl, you've only read the six from 2022 together, yes? I should like to avoid proposing a repeat. Because that is totally something I would accidentally do. 😁 3d
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Yes, sorry! I should‘ve mentioned that. We‘ve only read the six in my previous post as a group. I can‘t wait to see what you propose! 3d
LeahBergen @CarolynM I know! 😆😆 It‘s kind of fun to think of all of our upcoming chats together. 😆 3d
CarolynM Absolutely😆 3d
elkeOriginal Plenty of time to order books for 2024! 😉😆 3d
Cathythoughts Great planning Leah ! We‘ll done 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 very excited to see the choices. 3d
quietjenn Thanks for organizing! So looking forward to the choices. 3d
Karons1 Hello 👋🏻 Iv just returned from bath and spent a fortune in the delightful Persephone book shop and This book was one of my picks , so can I join your little group please 🙏🏻 😁happy Sunday x x. X x x x 3d
Karons1 @LeahBergen I would also vote for Dorothy whipples high wages 👍 3d
andrew61 I'm sorry leah, do you want me to suggest 2 books as possible reads for feb/April 2023 and then there will be a vote ? 3d
jlhammar Great plan! Thanks so much. 3d
LeahBergen @andrew61 Oh, sorry! I had just assumed that you saw how our voting went last year 😆. @aimeesue is suggesting 2 books for February and you will be suggesting 2 books for April. Make a post showing your two choices and the group will vote. The one with the higher amount of votes will be our read for that month. 2d
LeahBergen @Karons1 Ooo, lucky you! High Wages is actually our group for this month. It‘s a casual buddy read; just comment and chat on other‘s posts about the book. Did you want to “join” the club (ie; be added to our alphabetical list to offer up suggestions and vote on our picks)? Or did you just want to casually read along with us whenever a title takes your fancy? Either is completely fine! 2d
LeahBergen @Aimeesue @andrew61 Oh, and just to complicate matters 😉… I should have said that your suggestion posts should be posted now (well, whenever you narrow down your choices). Please tag only the people in the above list (and me) for voting and use our hashtag #PersephoneClub. 😊 2d
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen I don‘t know how I missed this, but High Wages has been on my TBR list for quite awhile. 2d
rubyslippersreads @Karons1 That sounds like a wonderful shopping trip! (edited) 2d
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High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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So, with our current read, we‘ve come to the end of this round of the #PersephoneClub and we‘ll now open it up for others who may wish to join.

We read a Persephone book together every 2nd month (starting with February) and each member suggests two picks for us to vote on for their month. Anyone on Litsy is free to read and discuss with us, of course!

Do let me know if you‘d like to be added and if you‘d like to stay for another round!

Gissy 🙋🏽‍♀️ 5d
Aimeesue Oh, me, please! 5d
BookNAround I can just randomly join in on the reads, right? I don‘t think I can commit to every read because of my schedule but I do like to dip in occasionally. 5d
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LeahBergen @Gissy @Aimeesue Yay! I‘m glad you two are joining! 👏👏 5d
LeahBergen @BookNAround Oh, of course! Anytime you can fit one in. 😘 5d
willaful Include me in. :-) 5d
LeahBergen @willaful Great! 👏 5d
elkeOriginal I am in for another round! I love the 2-month schedule and how it alternates perfectly with the #furrowedmiddlebrowclub - plus you are kind enough to keep me around when I skip🤦🏼‍♀️ 5d
Gissy The only situation I have is I don‘t have a bookstore with these beautiful editions and I need to order them sometimes from Bookdepository or Waterstones, which means it will take sometimes three weeks to arrive😳I will need to know in advanced which book we are going to read, maybe early in January for the first book😬 I‘m so happy I‘m going to collect books from this publisher😍I added a couple of titles you read this year to my wish list🤗 5d
sisilia I‘m with @BookNAround 😅 5d
jlhammar Okay, twist my arm. 😆 I‘d love to read along with you all next year. Thank you! I‘ve been meaning to try some Persephone titles. I want the physical books (so pretty) so am in the same situation as @Gissy - the more time I have to order the better! 5d
rubyslippersreads What @elkeOriginal said. 😊 Looking forward to another Persephone year. 5d
LeahBergen @Gissy Yes, I have to order these, too, and they sometimes take over 3 weeks to reach me here in Canada as well! As soon as I see how many people we have I‘ll arrange us in order and get everyone to post their two choices for us to vote on. I‘ll probably do this in batches so that we don‘t all choose the same books to vote on. I‘m hoping we will have our entire year‘s reads planned out all at once to give everyone plenty of time to order. 😊 4d
LeahBergen @sisilia No problem! Just jump in and read with us whenever you can. 😁 4d
LeahBergen @jlhammar Yay! We‘re happy to have you! 😊 And yes, see my message ⬆️ to @Gissy ; I‘m hoping to have all our choices picked out well in advance. 4d
jlhammar Thanks, Leah! Looking forward to it. 4d
andrew61 Thanks for organising leah, I have really enjoyed this series of books and having jumped the gun with High wages find myself as delighted with the storytelling as I have in all the others. Looking forward to next year. 4d
LeahBergen @andrew61 Ah lovely, Andrew! I‘ve been really enjoying myself , too, and I‘m glad you‘re back on board for next year. 😊 4d
Gissy @LeahBergen Yes! Can‘t wait🤗📚❤️ 4d
CarolynM I‘m in (of course!) 4d
LeahBergen @CarolynM Of course! 😘 4d
Cathythoughts Thanks Leah 👍🏻♥️ Im sitting here with it on my lap presently. Hoping to make a start today. 4d
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @quietjenn Just confirming… are you two back in for another round? I‘m assuming you are! 😊 I‘m going to be making up our new list of people (and order of recommending books) soon. I‘ll then have our members put books up for our votes and post our full reading schedule for 2023. 👍 3d
Cathythoughts Oh yes ! I‘m back for another round! Loving 🥰 the Persephone 3d
Cathythoughts Thanks for organizing 😘 3d
quietjenn @LeahBergen oh yes, most definitely! It gives me great joy to be in the Persephone Club. 3d
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @quietjenn Thanks! I‘m loving our little club, too! ❤️ 3d
Tamra For sure, count me in! ❤️ 3d
LeahBergen @Tamra Just checking … do you want to be added to our list of those who suggest a monthly read and vote on the other‘s suggestions? Or are you just reading along with us? Either is completely lovely, it‘s just that I‘m making up the voter‘s list right now. 😆😆 2d
Tamra @LeahBergen I am happy to be a tag along. 😄 2d
LeahBergen @Tamra 😆😆 That‘s fine! I‘ve made the list alphabetical by Litsy name so you wouldn‘t be suggesting a pick until 2024 anyway. 😆 That‘s what we get for only reading 6 Persephones per year! 2d
Oryx Oh can I join? I don't need to vote but will join in on the reads 2d
LeahBergen @Oryx Definitely! It‘ll be lovely to have you along. 😊 2d
Kristin_Reads I would love to join if its not too late 😊 17h
HeatherBlue I would also love to join if possible! 🙂 I also wouldn‘t need to vote, but I‘d love to read along when I can! 16h
rsteve388 I'd like to join if possible. :) 16h
LeahBergen @Kristin_Reads @HeatherBlue @rsteve388 I‘ve closed the list now for voting members (those who suggest our reads and vote on the picks) as we already have enough to take us well into 2024. 😆 BUT you are all more than welcome to read any or all selections and discuss them with us. We do a casual type buddy read of that month‘s selection and comment and discuss on each other‘s posts and reviews. I‘ll tag you when I post the 2023 schedule. 😊 11h
rsteve388 Thank you! 11h
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High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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It‘s now December so that means it‘s time for one of our #PersephoneClub reads!

@quietjenn ‘s pick for us this month is High Wages by Dorothy Whipple. This is a casual buddy read; read and comment on each other‘s posts and reviews as you see them. We usually aim to finish by the middle of the month but that‘s not written in stone. 😉 And anyone is welcome to read along with us, of course!

Tamra Woot - received my copy in the nick 🎅🏾 of time! 5d
LeahBergen @Liz_M Thanks, Liz! 5d
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LeahBergen @Tamra 😆 Perfect! 5d
elkeOriginal Is this the complete list of what the club has read so far? I want to make a list for reference and I can‘t remember when it started… 5d
elkeOriginal I read this one a couple of years ago and feel so stressed by my TBR that rereads are an indulgence…because it is Whipple though I will pull it off the shelf and see if it might be worth revisiting - or at least refresh myself so I can chat without saying anything too stupid 😉 5d
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal Haha! I have that same “bursting at the seams” TBR and don‘t reread very often either. And yes, this is the complete list from when we started. 👍 4d
CarolynM I‘ll get my copy out as soon as I finish my current read (which I am loving to death and want to recommend to everyone @Centique ) 4d
Centique @CarolynM oh that makes me so happy! 😘 4d
LeahBergen @CarolynM @Centique Well, I‘m off to check it out right now! 4d
LeahBergen @Karons1 This is what we read together in the past year. So you‘re right on time for High Wages! 😊 2d
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High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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My library order came in for #persephoneclub + I was on the tram to work today so was especially excited to find myself journeying through Victoria Station 110 years after the wonderful Jane Carter arrives for a wander around the streets of the metropolis incl visiting Kendals (still there). This description of the industrial landscape is excellent but what I am loving is the flow of the writing and characters. Looking fwd to seeing your thoughts

quietjenn Oh, what wonderful timing! Can't wait to get started. 5d
LeahBergen Yay! I‘m excited for this one. 👏👏 5d
batsy This little excerpt makes me want to read it! 5d
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Finished this month‘s stories, and they each reflect WWII in a different way.

In Letters, a writer‘s home is obliterated in the blitz, and she couldn‘t save her most precious items. In House, a son reflects on what drove his parents apart. In Decision, a man working in England gets news a friend died in the Italian theater, and it changes the way he sees himself. In Sit, two Canadian women give a German family payback for treating them rudely.

LeahBergen Those damn vengeful Canadians. 😉 6d
Megabooks @LeahBergen y‘all are all the same. I can head north without getting punked! 😉🤣 6d
Cinfhen Sounds great!! 6d
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