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The Meryl Streep Movie Club

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  2,544 ratings  ·  514 reviews
In the bestselling tradition of The Friday Night Knitting Club and The Jane Austen Book Club, three women find unexpected answers, happiness, and one another, using Meryl Streep’s movies as their inspiration.  

Two sisters and the cousin they grew up with after a tragedy are summoned home to their family matriarch’s inn on the coast of Maine for a shocking announcement. Sud
Paperback, 325 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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switterbug (Betsey)
Jul 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book really surprised me. I like Meryl Streep. I don't love her but I find her acting compelling. But the book is really about four women, reuniting 15 years after a tragic accident, each going their separate ways, and finding meaning in a few of Streep's movies. They are each able to pull deep meaning out of the movies and each take is different and worthwhile.

The author provides some insight in that she has often found meaning in movies and applies life lessons to her own life. She picked
Kelly Hager
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is told from multiple narrators. Isabel (whose husband has just had an affair), her sister June (single and raising a child on her own) and their cousin Kat (who has just gotten engaged to her perfect boyfriend Oliver and who has almost immediately wondered if she made the right choice) have just moved into the inn that their aunt/mom Lolly runs. Lolly has cancer and the prognosis is not good. Each woman has ample reason to feel unsettled even besides the fact that Lolly will likely die.

Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Meryl Streep Movie Club
Mia March

My " in a nutshell" summary...

Lolly, Kat, Isabel, June...tragedy brings them together and a tragedy keeps them together and makes them a family.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Lolly...inn owner, mother of Kat, and aunt to Isabel and June calls everyone home.  Lolly has news to share that will change everyone's life.  Lolly won't tell them what she wants to tell them until after they make popcorn, eat cupcakes and watch a Meryl Streep movie...her favori
Jenny Bunting
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

Not enough Meryl.
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: candy, fiction
Received this from Simon and Schuster, looks like a fun quick read.

OK, so NOT a fun beach read. It's quite sad and not light at all. It is a quick read however. I guess I got a bit uppity when reading this one... It was OK, I wouldn't recommend it to my book snob friends looking for great literature but for someone looking for something easy and a little thought provoking I might.
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is the story of the women of one family, each going through their own personal turmoil but being united by the weekly Meryl Streep Movie Club held at their guesthouse. There's family matriarch Lolly, who has her own daughter but took in her nieces when they were children after their parents were killed. The three girls think Lolly's distant and not overly affectionate, but when she summons them all to the guesthouse for a surprise announcement, they are left wondering what it could be. ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am going to give this book five stars because I feel like it. It's not everything, but it was everything I needed. I am not sure I can put into words how much I needed to read this novel. I have been reading tough stuff lately, things that have made me leave my comfort zone, things that have made me think, perhaps a bit too much. I am glad I have read all those things, but I was starting to go a little crazy, I was starting to lose my ground. I bought this book because I liked the title. I mea ...more
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
late last night....I finished the most wonderful book which I highly recommend, called "The Meryl Streep Movie Club." Do not let the title fool you into thinking this was a piece of forgettable fluff. It was a very well written, deeply felt novel, with great character AND plot driven prose. The main setting for the story is a B&B in Maine, where 3 young women were raised by Lolly, who is mother to one of the women, and aunt to the other two. The nieces lost both their parents in the same mom ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I discovered ‘The Meryl Streep Movie Club’ by Mia March through Kelly’s review of it. I love books with a movie theme – I loved ‘The Film Club’ by David Gilmour. So, when I read Kelly’s review, I couldn’t resist getting the book. I rarely get a book as soon as it comes out – I am normally the last guy to know about a new book release – and so it was one of the rare occasions when I got a book as soon as it came out. The book came out in June, I got it in June and I read it in June. I haven’t don ...more
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a book about two sisters, their cousin and aunt who run The Three Captains Inn. The four are not close and they only see each other a couple times a year except for cousin Kat and her mom, Lolly, who run the Inn.

Lolly is a huge fan of movies and selects different actors and/or themes throughout the year for her friends and guests to enjoy. This is Meryl Streep season. Each movie they see encourages the women to talk about their own problems, most of which are depicted in the movies.

Dale Harcombe
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes a book comes along that is just what you want to read at the time. The fact that it took me longer to read this than usual is no indication of the book’s worth. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was just a fact that life intruded and prevented me from reading it when I wanted to.
This is a warm and engaging story of four women, Lolly and her daughter Kat and her two nieces Sharon and June, who Lolly cared for from a young age after the death of their parents and Lolly’s husband. Lolly owns a
Darcy Odden
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fans of "The Friday Night Knitting Club" will enjoy "The Meryl Streep Movie Club" by Mia March.

When Lolly Weller's husband, sister and brother-in-law are killed in a New Year's Eve car accident, Lolly, a Maine innkeeper, becomes responsible not only for her daughter Kat, but also for her nieces, Isabel and June Nash.

Years later, Isabel is married her childhood sweetheart, Edward, with whom she fell in love when he was counseling her about her parents' deaths. June is a single mother and booksto
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Meryl Streep Movie Club centers around sisters Isabel and June and their cousin Kat and Aunt Lolly. Despite Lolly having brought up all three girls, now adult women, the family has never been very close. But following some devestating news the sisters decide to stay at the historic inn Lolly runs in Boothbay in Maine for a while and during this time they finally start to get to know each other.

Their bond partly grows stronger through their regular film evenings, during which they make their
I enjoyed the plot. I could relate with one character in particular, and appreciated that Ms. March devoted chapters to the varied POVs specifically, so that it was easier to identify which character's story I was following: although sometimes a specific character's dialogue was not identified, which took me out of the story a few times. It was also unfortunate that the men seemed to be "on the shelf" and waited politely for their cues. I enjoyed how she related each main character's story to ev ...more
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed this very much. I am a fan of Meryl Streep movies. I knew what to expect from the jacket cover. I loved the discussions of the movies that I've watched. The plot was more than a little contrived but it was well written and I was moved by their stories. Two sisters returning to the bed and breakfast they were raised after a tragic accident with their parents. Their aunt that raised them asks them to return because she needs to share news of her own. They reunite with their cousin and au
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I kindly received this as a prize from a Twitter competition from Book Minx at Simon & Schuster. I was excited to have won it as I had heard so many good things about it, and knew that lots of people were looking forward to it coming out. I absolutely loved it! I read it in a day, because I kept going back to it and reading more, as I was completely drawn in to the characters and their stories.

I loved all the main characters in the book, yes they all had their own issues and flaws, but they
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ok so now I want to watch every Meryl Streep movie again! Always admired her, and this book makes me want to so them all again now that I'm older. But also because of the great characters in the book. I loved them all, but especially June. The story did parallel The Friday Night Knitting Club with main characters who have troubles, betrayal, heartache, or loss. No knitting store but Meryl Streep movie nights as the glue holding everyone together and working through challenges. Ok, a lot like the ...more
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work
Though I don't consider myself the biggest Meryl Streep fan, I really got into this book. I found myself picking a favorite movie and a favorite character (June!). Though the alternating chapters sometimes leads to odd jumps ahead in time by a few days, you get great perspective into each woman's life and heart and choices. They are all facing difficult choices, but they form a beautiful family.
More than making me want to watch a Meryl Streep movie, this book made me want to book a vacation to
Beth Mills
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three women--two sisters and their cousin--all at a point of crisis in their lives have to find a way to reconnect and help each other through tough times and tougher choices. I love the way the movies and the viewers' comments about them weave their way through the story and add depth to issues the characters are facing. A moving and satisfying story, one I will read again,it also made me want to run out to the library to borrow those dvds.
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This was such a fantastic book to read. The storyline was great, you could really get a feel for the main characters and everything they have had to go through. It also has made me think I need to check out some more Meryl Strrep movies. I hope there might be a sequeal for this as Iu wonder what happens with the girls as they continue onwards. I can't wait for the next Mia March book to come out. Fantastic debut novel!
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
YAY! I won this giveaway...I can't wait to read it! :)
Gotta love First Reads!

I just finished this book and it was WONDERFUL. Some folks say it was depressing in their reviews, but I disagree - out of tragedy and loss comes love and compassion. A great read that will make you want to travel, bake, and watch Meryl Streep movies! Thanks to Mia March for writing. I do hope for a next book with more of Kat's story.
Jul 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Confession time. I did not finish this book. I couldn't. After 100 pages full of cliche, I had to put it down. I was hoping it would be a guilty pleasure read, but it wasn't. It was predictable beyond belief and made me feel as if my IQ dropped 10 points for every page I decided to read. I really really REALLY wanted to like this book but it just didn't happen...
Shari Spencer
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it

I liked the characters very much and at different times throughout the book found myself identifying with each one of them. It made me realize that I have a few what-ifs and what-may-have-beens in my own life to consider.
Jul 31, 2012 added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I think I'd need a lobotomy to get through this.

Ok. That might not be fair.

I guess I reached my "chick-lit" limit.
Jami Collier
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I didn't want it to end!!!!!!!
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a likable enough story, but I was wanting more. More from the characters, more development I guess. A pleasant enough read though.
Lori McD
Wow! It's difficult for me to give a 5 star rating... don't know why. I suppose that, to me, if every book is a 5, then none of them are. But this book... I haven't been able to stop thinking about it.

I *love* Meryl Streep - who doesn't? But "Out of Africa" is my favorite movie of all time - Meryl, the scenery, the music, the bittersweet romance... I liked Meryl Streep before this movie, but I *loved* her afterwards. And I started seeing the movies that she'd made earlier, that I was too young
Archana Purohit
What do you say about a book where the overwhelming feeling while you are reading the book is 'why does not this get over already'. The premise seemed so interesting where the characters who are all facing some problems in their respective lives bond over Meryl Streep movies and also gain some insights from them. However it was so badly executed. The most terrible aspect of the book was in fact the movie discussions. Why would people who watched the movies together suddenly speak out what happen ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think this is the first book that I lost it more than once, twice, perhaps three times. Really enjoyed it, the three main characters changed throughout the novel all getting stronger and becoming a family, not only among themselves but with other characters too. As for Meryl Streep, I first watched her in Kramer vs Kramer and have enjoyed her movies very much but have missed some over the years and makes me want to check those ones out, in particular Out Of Africa, Sophie’s Choice and Postcard ...more
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I'm the author of THE MERYL STREEP MOVIE CLUB (2012, Simon & Schuster) and FINDING COLIN FIRTH, Simon & Schuster, 2013 (a spin-off of TMSMC). I live on the coast of Maine, the setting of the novels, with my teenaged son and our sweet shepherd mix (Flash) and our very comical lap cat, Cleo.

Of course, I'm a huge Meryl Streep fan, and I've been swooning over Colin Firth since I first saw him