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The Christmas Cookie Club: A Novel
by Ann Pearlman

Published: 2009-10-20
Hardcover : 288 pages
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Mark your calendar. It's the Christmas Cookie Club! Every year on the first Monday of December, Marnie and her twelve closest girlfriends gather in the evening with batches of beautifully wrapped homemade cookies. Everyone has to bring a dish, a bottle of wine, and their stories. This ...
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Introduction

(Mark your calendar. It's the Christmas Cookie Club! Every year on the first Monday of December, Marnie and her twelve closest girlfriends gather in the evening with batches of beautifully wrapped homemade cookies. Everyone has to bring a dish, a bottle of wine, and their stories. This year, the stories are especially important. Marnie's oldest daughter has a risky pregnancy. Will she find out tonight how that story might end? Jeannie's father is having an affair with her best friend. Who else knew about the betrayal, and how can that be forgiven or forgotten, even among old friends such as these? Rosie's husband doesn't want children, and she has to decide, very soon, whether or not that's a deal breaker for the marriage. Taylor's life is in financial freefall. Each woman, each friend has a story to tell, and they are all interwoven, just as their lives are.

On this evening, at least, they can feel as a group the impulses of sisterly love and conflict, the passion and hopefulness of a new romance, the betrayal and disillusionment some relationships bring, the joys and fears of motherhood, the agony of losing a child, and above all, the love they have for one another. As Marnie says, the Christmas Cookie Club, if it's anything, is a reminder of delight.

The Christmas Cookie Club is about the paths Marnie and her friends have traveled, the absolute joy they take in life and love despite the decisions they've regretted, the hard choices and amends they've had to make, and the sacrifices along the way. Ultimately, The Christmas Cookie Club is every woman's story. As you read about Marnie and her friends, their struggles and triumphs, what makes them laugh and what has made them cry, you'll see yourself and some of the ingredients of your own story. Celebrating courage and joy in spite of hard times and honoring the importance of women's friendships as well as the embracing bonds of community, Ann Pearlman has written a novel that speaks to us all.

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by Misfits (see profile) 12/09/09
Since the preface of the book is a cookie club, exchanging cookies is the logical choice for this one. Be creative and NO CHOCOLATE CHIP cookies!

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  "Christmas Cookie Club"by Robo83 (see profile) 12/09/11

The book was an easy, fun read. The recipes were great and added to the overall book club fun.

 
  "A really fun holiday read"by sardean (see profile) 12/09/11

This was our book club's first pick, and what a good one it was!! It was a fun, quick read. We each baked a cookie from the book to share, along with our story of why we each picked the particular recipe.... (read more)

 
  "A light, easy read"by grid306 (see profile) 05/18/11

I enjoyed learning about the different characters in this book and how their lives intertwined. It is a good Christmas read, not too deep, and pretty quick.

 
  "The Christmas Cookie Club"by Neyly (see profile) 12/25/10

I didn't like the book, but it does open up many avenues for discussion. One complaint from just about all in the book club: no one could quite remember the various characters - one introduced in each... (read more)

 
  "Cookie Club"by barbarathome (see profile) 03/09/10

 
  "The Not So Desperate Housewives thought..."by lsanderoff (see profile) 01/04/10

this was an entertaining story, although heart-wrenching at first. It gives a fairly realistic rendering of a group of women, delving into each's history and how they are interconnected.

 
  "The Christmas Cookie Club"by Misfits (see profile) 12/09/09

Our club loved this book! It shows how a group of women all benefit from the companionship and support of their friends through all of life's ups and downs.

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