The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

About the Book

Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old friend in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.

Recently retired, sweet, emotionally numb Harold Fry is jolted out of his passivity by a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an old friend, who he hasn't heard from in twenty years. She has written to say she is in hospice and wanted to say goodbye. Leaving his tense, bitter wife Maureen to her chores, Harold intends a quick walk to the corner mailbox to post his reply but instead, inspired by a chance encounter, he becomes convinced he must deliver his message in person to Queenie—who is 600 miles away—because as long as he keeps walking, Harold believes that Queenie will not die.

 

Old Skull Popper

In “Cruddy” by Lynda Barry, Roberta’s dad, Ray, constantly guzzles Old Skull Popper. What exactly is Old Skull Popper? Lynda Barry thinks she made the name up, influenced by an Old West novel. We loved the name and decided we should come up with our own version. Honestly, this recipe is more tame than anything a navy man like Ray would drink. But, we like to keep our senses and stomachs during our book discussions.

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Ingredients
2/3 cup tequila
1 cup grapefruit juice
1/3 cup Rose's lime juice
1/2 cup triple sec
1/4 cup blackberry puree (see recipe below)
Ice cubes
Cherry Pop Rocks — yep, you read that right!
Grapefruit slices, halved

Pop Rocks sprinkled in Old Skull PopperDirections
In a pitcher combine tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, triple sec, and blackberry puree. Pour mixture over ice. Garnish with grapefruit slices and sprinkle with Pop Rocks.


Blackberry Puree

Ingredients
16 oz frozen blackberries, thawed
1/2 cup sugar

Directions
Puree berries and sugar in processor. Strain and discard seeds.  


Pairing Suggestion:

Break out the Old Skull Popper to celebrate a night you’ll never remember with friends you’ll never forget! Cruddy by Lynda Barry, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt are favorite boozy books.


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

About the Book

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?