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message 1: by Rossy (last edited Mar 31, 2010 08:37PM) (new)

Rossy (naughtybookjunkie) | 2192 comments In the mood for some Chic-lit? This genre keeps getting to the bottom of my TBR shelf, and this book comes highly recommended. Come on you have to try it, i dare you!

Book: The Last Time I Was Me
Author: Cathy Lamb
Discussion: Can you relate to any of the characters? Why? Which scene evoked the most emotional response in you?
Duration: 1 month
I wrapped up my grandmother's tea cup collection and my mother's china, then grabbed a violin I'd hidden way back in my closet that made me cry, a gold necklace with a dolphin that my father gave me two weeks before he died of a heart attack when I was twelve and, at midnight, with that moon as bright as the blazes, I left Chicago. When Jeanne Stewart stops at The Opera Man's Cafe in Weltana, Oregon, to eat pancakes for the first time in twelve years, she has no idea she's also about to order up a whole new future. It's been barely a week since she succumbed to a spectacularly public nervous breakdown in front of hundreds of the nation's most important advertising and PR people. Jeanne certainly had her reasons--her mother's recent death, the discovery that her boyfriend had been sleeping with a dozen other women, and the assault charges that resulted when Jeanne retaliated in a creative way against him, involving condoms and peanut oil.

Now, en route to her brother's house in Portland, Jeanne impulsively decides to spend some time in picturesque Weltana. Staying at a B&B run by the eccentric, endearing Rosvita, she meets a circle of quirky new friends at her court-ordered Anger Management classes. Like Jeanne, all of them are trying to become better, braver versions of themselves. Yet the most surprising discoveries are still to come--a good man who steadily makes his way into her heart and a dilapidated house that with love and care might be transformed into something wholly her own, just like the new life she is slowly building, piece by piece.

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Kristine (Book Geek Diaries) (neferteenie) | 25 comments I think I'll join you on this one. I'm going to try and stop by the library this weekend, to check out the book. :)

message 3: by Rossy (new)

Rossy (naughtybookjunkie) | 2192 comments Horray! I so hope you can do it, i've been putting it off for a bit now and just got the book yesterday.

Tetsu (Doki Doki ~♥) (chintotheexperiment) I think I can join you on reading this one...course I have to wait on reading it.

message 5: by Rossy (new)

Rossy (naughtybookjunkie) | 2192 comments No worries, i was planning on starting the book at some point next week. You can join us whenever you can before the month is up!

Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (jim_formerly_photojim) | 5294 comments I put a library request in. Unfortunately I'm fourth on the list. We'll see when it comes.

message 7: by Rossy (new)

Rossy (naughtybookjunkie) | 2192 comments We still don't have a set date to start this one, so hopefully you'll get it before we do. So far it looks like late next week or so.

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Rossy (naughtybookjunkie) | 2192 comments I want to set a day to start reading this one. Do you guys think you'll have a copy by the 6th of April?

Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (jim_formerly_photojim) | 5294 comments I won't have it by then unless I go out and buy it somewhere. I'm #4 on the list from the library. go ahead and read it without me. Sorry.

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Rossy (naughtybookjunkie) | 2192 comments Photojim wrote: "I won't have it by then unless I go out and buy it somewhere. I'm #4 on the list from the library. go ahead and read it without me. Sorry."

Not a problem Jim, i'll write to Kristine and Tetsu and see if they can theirs by then. If not then i can wait for when we all have it.

message 11: by Rossy (new)

Rossy (naughtybookjunkie) | 2192 comments Hey Jim, did you get your copy yet?

Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (jim_formerly_photojim) | 5294 comments Nope. I'm still fourth on the list. I'm believing that I'll never get it. Sometimes if the library that actually owns the book gets a local request, I may never get the book. Since it is in paperback and interlibrary loan format, this is a possibility. When it comes it comes. Sorry.

Don't hold things up for me. The only Cathy Lamb I've read so far, I've hated. But I'm always willing to be proven wrong.

message 13: by Rossy (new)

Rossy (naughtybookjunkie) | 2192 comments Then, if the others have received it we'll finish this book this month. Otherwise we'll have to postpone it for next month. I don't feel like reading it alone.LOL

message 14: by Rossy (new)

Rossy (naughtybookjunkie) | 2192 comments Since Kristine got her copy today from the library we'll be starting the book this week.

If the rest of you get your copy later on, feel free to come back here and let us know what you thought of the book. I'll be more than happy to discuss it with you even after am done!

message 15: by KimKirt (new)

KimKirt | 1638 comments Darn it, my library district doesn't carry it. Darn them! Have fun with this one!

message 16: by Rossy (new)

Rossy (naughtybookjunkie) | 2192 comments If you don't mind ebook format. Booksonboard has it here:

message 17: by Rossy (new)

Rossy (naughtybookjunkie) | 2192 comments Hey Kristine, did you finish the book? I'm done with mine so let me know if you did. I'm itching to discuss it!LOL

message 18: by Kristine (new)

Kristine (Book Geek Diaries) (neferteenie) | 25 comments Not yet! I've gotten unexpectedly busy lately, so I've been reading little by little here and there. I'm about halfway now. Hopefully I'll be done by the end of the week!

message 19: by Rossy (new)

Rossy (naughtybookjunkie) | 2192 comments No rush, i'm reading a bunch of books right now myself. So whenever you're done we can discuss it!

message 20: by Rossy (new)

Rossy (naughtybookjunkie) | 2192 comments Alrighty, so i just finished a re-read of this book and loved it again. Anybody want to discuss it? I'm itching here!LOL

message 21: by Jane (PS), Moderator (last edited Oct 21, 2010 08:45PM) (new)

Jane (PS) | 21930 comments Not many takers!! And have you allowed enought time? Only 5 months!! Hehehe.

Sorry - I had to comment given you clearly want to discuss it, and the others don't seem to be 'on board'. Unfortunately I can't help you - I haven't read it!! :)

message 22: by Rossy (new)

Rossy (naughtybookjunkie) | 2192 comments *sobs* I know, they have desserted me on this one!LOL

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