Marvelous Memoirs

I was recently the “featured speaker” for our local Coterie, of which I’ve been a member for many years.

Coterie was founded in 1895 (mostly made up of teachers or housewives) in our wee town as a group of women only who would gather to have a program, exchange ideas and recipes, and focus on reading together.

More than a hundred years later, Coterie still exists though it looks different from the “days of old”. It is still women, but now we only meet once a month (as opposed to weekly back in the day), and while we still take minutes and the nomination to join the group is still shrouded in secrecy, its much more casual than the 1900s!

I fear Coterie won’t be around forever… I’m the youngest member, and the only member under about 70, but they are the loveliest group of ladies, and I “keep them young”, they say. 🙂

In any case, it was time for my annual “talk on books”, and this time, I decided to focus only on memoirs, and here’s the list I shared. Which ones have you enjoyed?


One Comment

  1. Ellen

    What a wonderful secret little group — reminds me of a secret garden, full of history and possibility!
    Love your shared list of memoirs, my fav! Can’t wait to dive into some of these — and I might add, Paris, A Love Story by Kati Marton. Though it was not what I expected, it was a layered surprise in many ways.
    Always enjoy your recommendations and look forward to your blog — thanks so much!


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