She Left Me the Gun by Emma Brockes

About the Book

A chilling work of psychological suspense and forensic memoir, She Left Me the Gun is a tale of true transformation: the story of a young woman who reinvented herself so completely that her previous life seemed simply to vanish, and of a daughter who transcends her mother’s fears and reclaims an abandoned past.

“One day I will tell you the story of my life,” promises Emma Brockes’s mother, “and you will be amazed.” Brockes grew up hearing only pieces of her mother’s past—stories of a rustic childhood in South Africa, glimpses of a bohemian youth in London—and yet knew that crucial facts were still in the dark.

Looking to unearth the truth after Paula’s death, Brockes begins a dangerous journey into the land—and the life—her mother fled from years before.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

About the Book

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.

Euphoria Punch

Susie's own recipe created for our our book discussion of Euphoria by Lily King. A good thirst quencher for traveling down a steamy river in New Guinea.


16 ounces honey
10 ounces water
30 ounces rum
30 ounces (3 cups ish) freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon plus 3/4 teaspoon Angostura bitters
40 ounces (5 cups) ginger ale
1 large ice block or several smaller blocks
Lemon slices
Mint leaves


Heat the honey and water and make a thin syrup. Let it cool. Add rum, lemon juice, and bitters. Combine with ginger ale and ice in glasses. Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves.