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Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons

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From her sensational sleeper hit Patty Jane’s House of Curl to her heartwarming novel Welcome to the Great Mysterious, Lorna Landvik has won the hearts of readers everywhere by skillfully balancing hilarity with pathos, and bittersweet insights with heartwarming truths. Now she returns to her beloved, eccentric stomping ground of small-town Minnesota where the most eclecti ...more
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Published February 3rd 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published 2003)
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Megan They aren't really angry. The name comes from a guy who describes the book club as a bunch of "angry housewives sitting around eating bonbons." I…moreThey aren't really angry. The name comes from a guy who describes the book club as a bunch of "angry housewives sitting around eating bonbons." I would argue they aren't even mad, because all the conflict seems to happen offscreen.(less)
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Jenness
Jan 19, 2009 Jenness rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the title of this book had thrown me off as just fluff untill it was recommended to me by my daughter. And she was right I loved it. Perhaps it is because the 4 women in the club loved and struggled through the same time periods I did. I was so envious of the closeness of these friends and how their friendship endured for over 30 years. Their choice of books for the bookclub were varied and interesting. How much fun would it be to start an angry housewives spin off book club and read the same bo ...more
Morana Mazor
May 27, 2015 Morana Mazor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prekrasna knjiga, jedna od onih koje je teško ispustiti iz ruke... Knjiga možda nema klasičan uvod, zaplet, rasplet..već jednostavo pratimo živote pet žena, prijateljica i susjeda..A pratimo ih kroz sastanke njihovog kluba knjige "Opake kućanice uživaju u slatkišima". One prolaze životne situacije kroz koje svi prolazimo tijekom godina; od prvih trudnoća, male djece, teških brakova, razvoda, odnosa sa roditeljima...tako da se jako lako poistovjetiti sa svakom od njih. Ne vjerujem pretjerano u ho ...more
Kim
Dec 22, 2007 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women (especially mothers) ages 30-70
This book is about 5 neighbors who start a book club in the late 1960's... and the reader lives the next 30 years along with them. Thank you, Mary, one of MY oldest friends (in the sense that I've known you 18 years!) who loaned me this book-- I loved it! It made me realize how fast 30 years will fly by and to live in each moment with my family. This is not a book I would have picked up on my own, most likely, yet I can say that it is probably one of my favorite novels I've read in a long time. ...more
Karen Perfect-huber
This is a great Book Club starter book! It really got us going and shows how people from different backgrounds can really enjoy reading the same books!
Jennifer
I read this on the recomendation of my dental hygenist. When I finished it I passed it on to my mom who LOVED it. I think that might be the target audience here - Women a generation or two older than me.

It's not that the book is bad - it's just kind of predictable. I found that was true with the other Lorna Landvik book I read as well. I was able to see things coming from a mile away. *sigh* Yet the writing was good enough that I never put the book down so I guess that's something.

Did I mentio
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Jessie Gussman
Oct 28, 2014 Jessie Gussman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a conservative/Republican/Baptist preacher (because we all know how nasty Baptist preachers are, don't we? Wink. Wink.) and you enjoy reading books that cast every bad character as a conservative/Republican/Baptist preacher (did I mention how wicked and evil Baptist preachers are?) you will love this book. If you love stereotypes you will love this book. If you are a liberal Democrat and you love reading books that belittle and make fun of anyone who disagrees with you (conservatives/ ...more
Wendy Welch
Feb 24, 2009 Wendy Welch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who knew that the Great American Novel would turn out to be by and for women ---and about BOOKS? But it all makes sense when you think about it.

This books spans the '60s to the '90s, and beneath the 'Aga Saga' exterior beats a heart of history, anger, wonder, national issues making local lives miserable or better, and the general upheaval of family, friends and phobias.

Vietnam, Eric Segal, Arthur Hailey, Erica Jong and all the "who?"s of my parents' generation, plus books I remember secreting to
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Antof9
Book review from BookCrossing: I finished this book this morning at my brother's house in Zurich. Brought it on this trip because it's on a friend's wish list :)

I made some notes on the plane for my journal entry, and will add them here later. The one thing that keeps coming back to me is that this book reminds me quite a bit of The Future Homemakers of America, except that I liked this one much better. Both books follow a group of women who are friends over multiple decades. I'm always interest
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Jodi
May 26, 2008 Jodi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The fact that "Angry Housewives" was set in a Minneapolis neighborhood near Minnehaha Park gave me high hopes. That and the fact that it took place from 1968-1998 because this is a timeline that dovetails with my mother's adult life.

But ... it lacked a sense of setting. Minnehaha Park was visited by the composer Dvorak (I think!) and the poet Longfellow. It has a charming stone pavillion, covered with trees, has the best sledding hill in town, has a spooky, stoney, ferny descent to the creek, w
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LaVenna
Apr 25, 2008 LaVenna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book went on and on and on and on:P I had a difficult time reading it. I was unable to relate to any of the characters. Kari was the only likeable personality, because she was simple, kind, and nurturing. The other characters had serious personality defects!
Merit disgusted me with her habit of stuffing used tissue, q-tips, and paper in her hairdo:( That was her way of getting back at her abusive husband, who had no idea she was doing this. I nearly puked when she saved these items and then
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Maria
Jul 01, 2016 Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
There were some excellent parts in this book. Some of the characters were very moving and memorable - I think often of the wife who wrote nasty notes and pinned them up in the bun her husband made her wear. However, there were too many characters. The book spanned too much time. It needed some major editing. There was a really special book within this (maybe even two)... but it was drowned out in the bulk of it all and how the book moved too fast through time to really savor the characters. The ...more
Heather
Jun 30, 2016 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-read
I don't think this is a book I would have chosen to read on my own, simply based on the title. In general I try not to judge books by their covers (or titles) but I assumed this one would be complete fluff, for lack of a better word. I'm so glad that this was a selection for our book club, though, because for that purpose alone it made me appreciate the group of women I gather with monthly to discuss our latest read.

Rather than fluff, what I got was the decades-long story of the lives of five wo
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Joan Dash
Dec 12, 2011 Joan Dash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book begins where it ends, September 1998, with Slip in the hospital dying of Hodgkins Lymphoma, with her book clubfriends, Faith, Audrey, Kari, Merit and Grant at her bedside.

In 1968, a group of women who live in a culda sac, decide to start a book club. Each chapter, highlights a different character, and what is going on in their life. They end up naming the book club "Angry House Wives Eating Bon bons" after Eric, Merit's husband, states at a party that, that is what these women in the
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Sarabeth
Jul 06, 2012 Sarabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I devoured this book! I suppose that it might be delectable is implied with its title; however, what is not necessarily implied is this book's depth and richness from a title that seemed frivolous and silly to me. Told from the different perspectives of four women I wish I knew, (along with some later chapters told by their gay male friend), this novel spans the 60s through the 90s, covers how to be a friend, wife, and mother, and paints a beautiful picture of how to embrace the wisdom that come ...more
Heidi Thompson
Dec 16, 2010 Heidi Thompson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heidi by: Kelly
Shelves: book-club
As with most of my latest reads, this novel is not one I would have chosen off the shelf for myself. The title would have certainly scared me off. But that seems to be the beauty of belonging to a book club... you get introduced to novels you wouldn't have given a chance.
While this certainly won't go down as one of my favorites, it was a very enjoyable read. This book is about a group of similar aged women in a Minnesota town in the late 60's who decide to form a book club. The story follows the
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Dolores
This book strives to be a sweeping, great novel, but it falls short. Although short does not describe the story, since it drags on for over 400 pages. The basic premise is good: five housewives and mothers from the same neighborhood meet in the late 1960's and start a book club, and their friendship and the book club stretch into the late 1990's. They meet at a time when things were very different for women, but were changing at a rapid pace.

The five main characters are Faith, a southern girl w
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Sarah
I have never been so happy to discover a scheduling conflict.

This was a book club selection, and I realized today that I can't make it to this book club meeting. And while I did make it through the first 80 or so pages, I was dreading the discussion... I couldn't think of anything nice to say.

I won't give this a star rating (it seems unfair to rate something that I didn't finish) but I could tell right off the bat that this fell on the wrong side of my "show vs. tell" meter. The characters were
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Lois
Apr 11, 2010 Lois rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This started out slow for me but now that I'm into the sections that flesh out the women in the book club I'm really enjoying it.

I just finished the book. I liked how the characters were exposed via the Book Discussion Chapters, although at times the different writing perspective got confusing, i.e. first person narrative vs. 3rd person.

At first I didn't like that the author didn't nicely wrap up the various story lines then decided it's nice to think that the characters keep going on.
Joy H.
Added 3/17/15.
4/18/15 - I read only the first 16 pages and bailed out. I should have realized from the title that I would not like the story. Anything about housewives usually bores me. What turned me off completely was the introduction of so many characters in the first few pages. There was no time to internalize who was who and there was very little fleshing out. In other words, there was nothing to hook me into reading more.

PS - One reviewer (giving it ONE STAR) said:
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Whitney La Rocca
By far the best book I've ever read! I can't wait to read it again! Such a beautiful story of friendship, family, love, life, and books!
Collene
Follow the joys and heartbreaks of five friends in Minnesota and their wacky bookclub called Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons. There is Faith the organized one who is hiding a secret; Audrey the voluptuous one whose life changes the most; Widowed Kari who thinks life is pretty much over until she’s thrown a curve; Merit, the pretty one who lives with an abusive husband and Slip who is always supporting a cause.

The book spands over three decades and gives you a nostalgic look at the 70′s, 80′s an
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Maureen
Nov 02, 2013 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt guilty about really liking this book. It's equivalent to a "chick flick" of the reading world. But, then I think about whether people feel guilty about enjoying "dick flicks." The definition I just found for dick flick is a move that "generally contains lots of car chases, explosions, and boobs." Nice. I highly doubt it.

Needless to say there was lots of female bonding, as well as explorations of relationships with mothers, families and their friendships. I thought Lorna Landvik was a gre
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Linda
Mar 04, 2010 Linda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
AAAAAAAA!!!!

Ugh. What a disappointment. I listened to the audio CD book. It was read by a cast, and only two of the readers were any good. The primary reader had a gravelly voice that didn't match the youth and supposed energy of the characters about which she read.

If I'd been reading the physical book, I would have skimmed and tossed it. That's the down-side of audio. You're driving and you hope it improves.

There were SO many missed opportunities of this book. I'm still not sure what the point
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Angela
Jun 29, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Emily
May 24, 2010 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-reads
This book could have been about 200 pages shorter, giving it less time to decline from my original 3 star rating to one star. I decided to give it an 'average" 2 stars. This book was definitely better than I had expected based on the cover, but that is far from saying it was good. The book centered around 5 women/neighbors and followed the women’s' lives over the course of 30 years. Those women packed an unbelievable amount of drama into those 30 years. The author assigned every drama ever conce ...more
Ms. B
Aug 21, 2012 Ms. B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis:
The women of Freesia Court are convinced that there is nothing good coffee, delectable desserts, and a strong shoulder can't fix. Laughter is the glue that holds them together -- the foundation of a book group they call AHEB (Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons), an unofficial "club" that becomes much more. It becomes a lifeline. Holding on through forty eventful years, there's Faith, a lonely mother of twins who harbors a terrible secret that has condemned her to living a lie; big, beaut
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Mommalibrarian
Seems a little weird to think of this as historical fiction but the times it described are over. Not many people seriously carry picket signs. Young men are still damaged by wars (now it is young women also). So many women staying at home with their children. Prehistoric. Almost all of them smoking. Neanderthal. Being there for each other ---- I hope that is still possible. The author cherry picks the most meaningful moments out of her 5 female characters lives and brings them through forty year ...more
Cristi Romney Espinosa
Though I enjoyed the story and the bond created between the Angry housewives, I had trouble with the organization of the novel itself. It went back and forth a lot, and the year on each chapter really didn't have much to do with that particular chapter. I was also disappointed that the books they chose were only mentioned by name, and no comments about the books were made. While I assume some of the story line from each chapter alludes to the books, I wouldn't know because I have not read them a ...more
Josh
Sep 16, 2015 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club, lgbtq
Every once in a while a novel comes along that is so satisfying, the characters so richly developed, that you feel like you join their world. A friend of mine recommended this book for my wife. I read it myself, and enjoyed it very much. The five main characters (Audrey, Slip, Merit, Faith and Kari) read their way through four decades and experience love, divorce, death, disappointment, lies, truth, and redemption. Each character was so full and real. In the book's third act the group of women i ...more
Eileen
This was the first book I got to chose when i first joined the last book club I was in. It is still considered to be the best book that that club has ever read!

Lorna Landviks' books are really good!!! funny, endearing, sad, a lot like real life and her charaacters are all so wonderfully written.

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Lorna Landvik is a mother of two and wife of one. She is the author of eight novels, including the best-selling ANGRY HOUSEWIVES EATING BON BONS, PATTY JANE'S HOUSE OF CURL and OH MY STARS. Also an
actor and playwright, Lorna has appeared in many stage productions. She is a new and passionate neophyte to the practice of yoga, which is a fine antidote to her long established practice of lounging.
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“What I had come to love about book club (besides the fabulous desserts and free liquor) was how in hearing so many opinions about the same book, your own opinion expanded, as if you'd read the book several times instead of just once.” 36 likes
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