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The Christmas Cookie Club

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Every year at Christmastime, Marnie and her twelve closest girlfriends gather in the evening with batches of beautifully wrapped homemade cookies. Everyone has to bring a dessert and a bottle of wine, but this year, it’s their stories that are especially important. Marnie’s oldest daughter has a risky pregnancy. Jeannie’s father is having an affair with her best friend. Ta

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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jan
This is possibly the perfect book club book.
Every year, on the first Monday in December twelve women get together to share cookies, recipes and stories. The past year has been very eventful for many of the members. Some express joy, others sadness, and one the terrible loss of a son. They listen, laugh and cry. Their bond strengthens each of the women as they get ready to move on to another year and look forward to another Cookie Club meeting.
I loved the format. Each chapter highlights one of th
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Kori
Ugh! I've been seeing all the new Christmas fiction coming out this time of year, and I was hoping for a light Christmas story to get me in the holiday spirit. This is not that book. Think cancer, dead babies, horrific accidents, family deaths, and domestic abuse. Each chapter starts with a recipe and tells the story of a club member. Between chapters are short histories of various baking ingredients (butter, sugar, flour, etc.) which are completely random and have nothing to do with the stories ...more
Michelle
I have no idea how this book made its way to "best seller" lists and the shelves of mass market media places like Target. The first 2 chapters were good, even promising...but after that it takes a very, very sharp turn. So much information about too many characters is thrown at you so quickly, it is nearly impossible to keep up...I likened it to what it would be like if a book threw up. I rarely part with a book, even if I know I'm not going to read it again...but this one is most definitely goi ...more
NickySatia
A true chicklit filled with heartwarming friendships between women and lovely cookie recipes. Even though I only awarded two stars, I enjoyed reading it. The reason that I found this book merely ok is because I did not feel the emotions of the characters. There are so many of them, it's difficult to create a mental picture for each of them (which I reckon is absolutely needed to be able relate to the characters).

However, it's a fun quick read and does get one in the christmas and baking spirit!
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Lisa
The opening line of this book is pretty good, I have to admit:

I am the head cookie bitch and this is my party.

And the premise for the book is also not bad. Every year a group of twelve diverse women gather to exchange cookies that they bake along with the latest happenings in their lives. As can be expected with this kind of story each woman has something unique to bring to the table like: one has adopted a baby internationally, one has a father who is having an affair with her bestfriend, the n
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Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
"The Christmas Cookie Club" is a short novel which takes place on one December evening. The event is the annual Christmas Cookie party where twelve women exchange cookies and donate some for charity. Each cookie delivery comes with a story, a recipe and a few historical facts about the ingredients. The host of the event is Marnie, who started the club, created the rules and has had a complex life herself.

Even though each chapter is supposed to be about the woman presenting the cookies, it isn't
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Cheryl
It is that time of year again. Time for Marnie’s annual Christmas Cookie Club. There are eight rules but the most important one is number 7. Which states: It’s always on the first Monday in December (referencing to the annual Christmas Cookie Club). Put it on your calendar and count on it.

There are several new ladies joining the group this year. Marnie can not wait to visit with her friends, share memories, eat food, and of course munching on cookies. The only thing that would make this day per
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Shoshanah
Each year Marnie hosts 11 other friend for a Christmas cookie club. There are rules about how many cookies they need to make (13 dozen- 1 for each member and 1 for charity), what types of cookies they can make (no chocolate chip cookies), and how they must be packaged (creatively, of course). Some women have participated every year of its existence. Others are only able to attend for a few years before moving on. The woman ages span several decades, difference finances, married, single, widowed, ...more
Katherine
After reading this book I can't wait for next year and start a "Christmas Cookie Club". The parts I enjoyed most about the book were the recipes, the rules and idea of the club, and information between each chapter regarding ingredients used such as sugar, flour etc.

The parts I disliked most were the telling of each persons history, the narrator always got side tracked and started telling her story again. This is a non-Christian based book but yet when difficulty entered into someones life they
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Ellinor
The book is about a group of women meeting each year in a Christmas Cookie Club where they share cookies and stories. Actually a nice idea. But there were just too many characters for the lenght of the novel. None of them - except maybe for the narrator - was able to develop properly and it was a bit difficult to remember who was who.
Stella
A very emotional and nice read, but don't be mislead by the bluish chick lit cover this is not a light HEA romantic chick lit, this is a women fiction drama novel, with lots of grief and tough lives (cancer, abortion, cheating, etc.), but very nicely done, a heartwarming, wonderful read for the holidays.

Megan
I hate books that are about horrible people. This book could have been so uplifting, but everyone in it is either having an affair, thinking of having an affair, or their spouse is having an affair. Disgusting! It does come with recipes that I would like to try, though.
Debra
This story reminds me of the book group I'm in, so that fact may "cause" me like the book more than some others. I just love the celebration of women friends. Btw, MY women friends are the BEST ever.
Helena
What a lovely read! I really thought this was a delightful book, filled with shared love, loss, death, life and the wonder of friendship. And I think the idea of a cookie club is deliscious!
Patti
Fun read. After reading this I was inspired to start an anuual cookie club and hope it may continue for years to come.
Debbie
When I saw this book at Borders it immediately caught my eye and I was so excited when April said she had an extra copy I could read. I don't know if it was raging hormones but the beginning of the book actually had me in tears as I read about Marnie's daughter, Sky, and her risky pregnancy and previous losses as well as another cookie club member's, Charlene, loss of a son.

While I enjoyed hearing all of the women's stories I thought it might have been better if the club were smaller since only
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Heather
Jul 25, 2011 Heather rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather by: Katie
"It took me awhile to read this one. It started off kind of strong and I was wanting to learn more about this woman who was hosting the party, but as soon as that storyline started to drag out I think I stopped caring. There were just way too many characters and their stories were really only told in a chapter and I found that too many facts were being thrown at me at once. I couldn't remember everything that happened and who did what. Of course, taking my time reading this book didn't help with ...more
Dana Wright
I love this book. The fun started for me last Christmas when I came across The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman. It centers around a group of ladies that gather every Christmas season to make and exchange cookies. It sounds perfectly simple, but there are some rules for cookie club hopefuls. The publisher sent me this book in exchange for an honest review and I fell in love with it at first read. The warm of the authors, Ann Pearlman and Marybeth Bayer shines through the whole book.

This c
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Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
From the beginning, I fell in love with Marnie the main character and her group of friends. The friends were diverse and from all walks of life which gave the book a realism because we pick up friends in our lives through many different ways. As I prepare for my first cookie exchange this year, I loved reading how organized and committed these ladies were to this yearly tradition.

Marnie has quite a group of ladies that surround her. From a new co-grandma to a friend from high school, she gather
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April
While not a literary masterpiece, this book was an easy and entertaining read.
I liked the idea behind the book, a group of close friends (12) who meet every year before Christmas to exchange cookies. It seems idyllic to me, and quaint. I love the idea of having such a close group of friends like that, there for you, growing with you through the years. (Its hard when you -read I- move around so much, it seems almost like a fairy tale to me.)
The writing was a little sloppy, and it reads like maybe
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Kristen
There were so many things wrong with this book! I really wanted to love this book but it just fell flat.
1-The story is told about 12 women but only one woman tells that story. Somehow she is part of everything in everyone's life. Also, while she would be describing something important in another woman's life, she would wander into her own life and make it all about her. It was quite annoying.
2- I can't even count how many times she mentioned the little wine glass ornaments that distinguish whi
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Emlyn Chand
Preview… "The Christmas Cookie Club" recounts the interwoven stories of Marnie and eleven of her closest girlfriends. Together they form the cookie club, a holiday institution. Our narrator, Marnie, tells us stories of each woman as she presents—stories of how Marnie first got to know her, stories of the troubles that each woman faces, stories of how she is working to overcome her setbacks. Our friends at the Christmas Cookie Club have all faced some pretty big problems in their day—lost jobs, h ...more
Jana
The Christmas Cookie Club is a fantastic idea! It is really different from other books even from other Christmas books! Every chapter starts with a great recipe for Christmas cookies and every chapter talks about the story of one of the members of the Christmas Cookie Club. Actually, the book is more about the different stories the people have to tell and less about the cookies themselves but the cookies and the cookie party always connect the stories and are the red line through the book! This ...more
Krystal
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This book concerns Marnie and eleven of her closest friends who form a cookie club. The book leads the reader through stories about Marnie meeting these friends and the hardships and problems they experience as well as some of their happier moments. Their problems will appear extreme in some situations, it's hard to believe someone could have that much bad luck!


The characters are all very likable, they appear warm and friendly. Their camaraderie is eviden
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Tina Hayes
'The Christmas Cookie Club' by Ann Pearlman is a book I liked, but found lacking in some areas.

The parts I really enjoyed:
* Love the great recipes that head each chapter! I plan to make quite a few batches this holiday season.
* Marnie, the main character and head cookie bitch, came through really well. Very nicely characterized, she seems very real, rounded out, someone who would have a flock of friends in real life.
* I liked that the story showed problems and triumphs for each charater, and
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Christine
My mom passed this book to me and I decided I needed to read it during the holiday season...
I didn't have high expectations for this book but enjoyed some parts of it. Each of the chapters starts with a different ingredient and an detailed description of its history. It then gives a recipe for each of the cookies made and then gives the womans story.
I liked the idea of an annual cookie exchange with the same 12 friends. I liked the "rules" of the cookie club- reminded me of my book club. I loved
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Alexandra
This book was mediocre. It's redeeming qualities were the recipes at the beginning of every chapter (even though I would never bake half of them) and the history/facts about different common ingredients (chocolate, flour, nuts, etc) at the end of every chapter. These parts were really interesting. These parts are why I gave the book that third star.

The rest of the book just didn't hold my interest like I had hoped. The storyline sounded great. But it just wasn't what i had expected. There were t
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Chloe
Every year, Marnie and her 12 friends meet for the annual meeting of The Cookie Club which happens on the first Monday of December every year without fail. The friends have been there for each other through a lot of ups and downs, and that’s not about the change any time soon.

During the meeting, lots of secrets are revealed that shock the friends to the core. Marnie is waiting to hear from her pregnant daughter Sky about whether the baby is viable, Charlene is still struggling to get over the de
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Rebecca
Based on a real club, 12 women meet each year, bring cookies and share stories.
I was sad at the amount of infidelity that occurred in marriages. These women live in a very different world than most of the people I interact with. I need to get out even MORE so I can embrace these kind of women and shine LIGHT into their worlds.

The confusion and warped philosophy about relationships and religion reminded me how truly blessed I am to live in my peaceful little faith-filled home.

I thought it was i
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Kathleen Garber
The Christmas Cookie Club is exactly the kind of Christmas story I was looking for. One I could follow along with even if I read a little here and there, something light that I could read surrounded by children and a puppy and something other than a romance story (which most Christmas books seem to have.) Although there is talk about love in this book, it's not the focus.

Not only is this an awesome read, the storyline is based on a real story and will hopefully inspire others to start their own
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Ann Pearlman was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for INFIDELITY which was also made into a Lifetime movie. Her first novel, THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE CLUB has been translated into 6 languages and was a national and international bestseller. A GIFT FOR MY SISTER, following characters first introduced in The Christmas Cookie Club won a prize for best fiction in 2014. THE LOTTERY, ...more
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