Lovely Living Book Club


Lovely Living Book Club

MARCH 2017: 

Anybody want to join me in reading At Home in Japan: A Foreign Woman's Journey of Discovery with me?

"What would it be like to move to Japan, leaving everyone you know behind, to become part of a traditional Japanese household? At Home in Japan tells an extraordinary true story of a foreign woman who goes through an amazing transformation, as she makes a move from a suburban lifestyle in California to a new life, living in Japan. She dedicates 30 years of her life as a housewife, custodian and chatelaine of a 350–year–old farmhouse in rural Japan."

"This astonishing book traces a circular path from were Rebecca began, to living under Japanese customs, from the basic day to day details of life in the house and village, through relationships with family, neighbors and the natural and supernatural entities with which the family shares the house. Rebecca Otowa then focuses on her inner life, touching on some of the pivotal memories of her time in Japan, the lessons in perception that Japan has taught her and the ways in which she has been changed by living in Japan."

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Latest Activity: Mar 26

Reading Schedule

October 1-7: Superstitions (pages 1-47)

October 8-15: Premonitions (pages 48-97)

October 16-23: Clairvoyance (pages 98-162)

October 24-31: Levitation (pages 163-244)

The list of upcoming book club live chats is here.

Discussion Forum

October 2016 Non-Fiction What Are You Reading? Thread 3 Replies


Started by Lydia. Last reply by Amy Clark Oct 27, 2016.

October 2016 Which Fiction Are You Reading? Thread 3 Replies

Carrie and I are reading "The witch of Lime Street" for her other social…Continue

Started by Lydia. Last reply by Sharon M. Oct 27, 2016.

from the "Premonitions" section (possible spoilers) 2 Replies

If your sister showed up unannounced on your doorstep, would you help her hide the dead body of her boyfriend in your backyard? I'm not sure what I would do in such a situation. Wouldn't the neighbors notice the freshly dug earth the next morning?…Continue

Started by Amy Clark. Last reply by Amy Clark Oct 21, 2016.

The Gorgeous Practical Magic House - sadly torn down! 2 Replies

Raise your hand if you have fantasized about living in a gorgeous…Continue

Started by Carrie Campbell. Last reply by Carrie Campbell Oct 21, 2016.

Practical Magic: NY Times' Original 1997 Review Witches of Magnolia StreetDate: June 25, 1995, Sunday, Late Edition - Final Byline: By Mark Childress; Lead:PRACTICAL…Continue

Started by Carrie Campbell Oct 13, 2016.

Practical Magic author Alice Hoffman has a new book out this fall

Alice Hoffman's new book for fall 2016 is "Faithful."I can't say the premise appeals much to me, but I do like many of her other books. Let's take a look:"A…Continue

Started by Carrie Campbell Oct 11, 2016.

Practical Magic sequels or prequels

I wish Alice Hoffman would revisit this magical world she created and let us peep in on the characters perhaps ten or fifteen years later.. especially the little girls!Or a prequel where we could see more of the witches when they were younger, or…Continue

Started by Claudia Oct 11, 2016.

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Comment by Sharon M. on March 26, 2017 at 3:35pm

Oh I would have read this book with you, I totally forgot about it! Should we try it in another month? 

Comment by Trisha Sander on October 12, 2016 at 12:21pm

Hi all, 

I realize I'm late to the "party" but I thought what the heck.  Practical Magic is one of my favorite movies (top 5 category), but I've never read the book.  I just finished ordering the book from Amazon and I'm excited to read it!  

Comment by Amy Clark on October 5, 2016 at 4:42am

Kym... I think that would be good after the Stevie chat. Kind of appropriate since she did appear on the soundtrack for the movie :-)

Comment by Carrie Campbell on October 4, 2016 at 9:28pm

Go ahead and set it up! You have access to the Events page. But on this short notice I doubt anybody will come, but we can try :) 

Also, are you going to set up the reading schedule? 

Comment by Kym Crawford on October 4, 2016 at 7:31pm

I would like to do that, I was thinking we could do a book Chat Wed. What do you think?

Comment by Amy Clark on October 4, 2016 at 7:15pm

Is there a weekly break-down of chapters or anything like that?

Comment by Grace Paigen on October 4, 2016 at 5:31pm
In honor of the film I am tempted to do midnight margaritas tonight! Even though it's a work night
Comment by Carrie Campbell on October 2, 2016 at 1:00pm

I loved exploring this Practical Magic Blog Party back in 2011. Everyone made such lovely graphics! I wish they'd do it again.



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