Tee and I love having family togetherness time in the kitchen. I’m not much of a cook; Tee is definitely the chef of our family. But I am good at completing small, manageable assignments, and I love hanging out in the kitchen while others are cooking. My favorite ways to spend time with others are to keep company while working on a task – gardening, farming, climbing, etc.
The latest edition of Wild Peace Book Club took place on Saturday night, and our discussion of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels (which lasted at least three hours) began in the little kitchen of our house. Tee had harvested earlier in the day, and our menu was chock full of fresh organic veggies – sausage with peppers, onions, and cabbage, sweet potato fries, and a mix of roasted kohlrabi, radishes, beets, and turnips. A healthy, amazing meal, and a great discussion, held while chopping and slicing and sautéing. There was a great moment when our friend The Naturalist expressed a strong opinion about one of the book’s characters while wielding one of our nine-inch-long chopping knives. Wild Peace Book Club is intense, y’all.
Tee has been chronicling our book clubs via Instagram, which has been awesome. She’s posted four photos so far – a shot of last night’s dinner, with the four Ferrante novels piled up beside it; a picture of the pizza we shared at Woodfire Kitchen while discussing The Big Sleep and Murder on the Orient Express; a photo of pattypan squashes and sliced melon on our picnic table alongside Bad Feminist; and a pic of the cappuccino Tee sipped while we talked about Where’d You Go Bernadette?
Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels – My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child – are phenomenal. The books chronicle a friendship between two Italian girls, from early childhood to old age. It’s such a simple premise. And yet, the books are wonderfully complex and suspenseful. I’ve been recommending them to everyone I know.
Our next WPBC pick is No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July. We wanted a pretty quick read, so that we can balance our reading responsibilities with the rest of our lives – jobs, farm, family, other book clubs. We also discussed how it’s nice that we’ve had a pretty good book variety so far – a light comical novel, a book of essays, two 1930s crime novels, and a series of Italian fiction. Possible future book genres include Young Adult, a non-fiction nature/science book, a longer read (possibly Moby Dick), or a memoir. Go Wild Peace Book Club!