Book Club: The Big House by George Howe Colt

Last night was another gathering of women with books. We spent a good part of our catching up lamenting the closing of Harry W. Schwartz. I joked that we should all pitch in and buy the Brookfield store.

The book was a memoir of a century-old home in Cape Cod. While we didn’t spend a lot of time on the book, we did talk of our own family traditions and closeted skeletons. Those who owned vacation homes related a little better than those who did not. A couple of readers did have homes that had been in the family for many years.

I found the book an easy read, but then I was in a hammock on a beach without anything else to do. I’ll admit a few members of the group didn’t get all the way through it. Is it recommended? Probably not, unless you have a fondness for Cape Cod.

For the second time this year I’ve been disappointed by the Brookfield Public Library. One of the books that was described as a must read from last night’s munchie discussion (the fun part before the book discussion!) Was The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. I couldn’t find it at Brookfield. In fact, I couldn’t find it in the Waukesha system! I guess I’ll have to break down and buy that one.

Since the book was a bit about changes to Cape Cod, we started down the road of changes in Brookfield. I was surprised to learn how little they knew about what’s headed our way. I guess they do now. 🙂


  1. I just finished “The Elegance of the Hedgehog.” You are welcome to borrow it. Was unusual, heavily philosophic as well as telling a story. Very European!

  2. Excellent offer, Winegirl. E-mail me and we’ll plan a pickup time.

  3. I was in Schwartz today, saying goodbye. Noticed they are sponsoring a visit by Jodi Picoult at Alverno in March. Tickets are expensive, but you get a book with it.