MOUNT CARMEL BOOK CLUB
Facilitated by Elliot Guerra
Our Next Meeting:
Tuesday, November 8th
9:15 AM & 7:30 PM
Titus Room/Conference Room
Interested in joining?
Contact Elliot Guerra at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Ann at the Church Office at 201-568-0545.
We’re reading . . .
The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell
Home Made: A Story of Grief, Groceries, Showing Up—and What We Make When We Make Dinner by Liz Hauck
Liz Hauck and her dad had a plan to start a weekly cooking program in a residential home for teenage boys in state care, which was run by the human services agency he co-directed. When her father died before they had a chance to get the project started, Liz decided she would try it without him. She didn’t know what to expect from volunteering with court-involved youth, but as a high school teacher she knew that teenagers are drawn to food-related activities, and as a daughter, she believed that if she and the kids made even a single dinner together she could check one box off her father’s long, unfinished to-do list. This is the story of what happened around the table, and how one dinner became one hundred dinners.
“The kids picked the menus, I bought the groceries,” Liz writes, “and we cooked and ate dinner together for two hours a week for nearly three years. Sometimes improvisation in kitchens is disastrous. But sometimes, a combination of elements produces something spectacularly unexpected. I think that’s why, when we don’t know what else to do, we feed our neighbors.”
Capturing the clumsy choreography of cooking with other people, this is a sharply observed story about the ways we behave when we are hungry and the conversations that happen at the intersections of flavor and memory, vulnerability and strength, grief and connection.