SoulFood is a group for all the women of Wyoming.

Our purpose: SoulFood provides a place to feed your soul with interesting conversation, surprisingly similar discoveries about each other, and pure fun. We believe that a brimming soul brings warmth and emotion to any group. We celebrate our differences in age and background as we grow in Christian fellowship by being active participants in our church and community.

We welcome all ideas and if there is something that you feel passionately about attending, there will probably be others who would be happy to join you.

Contact: Berit Peri

The Read Your Own Darn Book Group

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 7:30 PM in the Cottage

Host: Marie Shmaruk

Join us for some light refreshment and a lively discussion of the many and varied books we have read.

Latest suggestions from the group (starting from the most recent):

February 18, 2020:

The Lost City of Z, a Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann—Becky

Killers of the Flower Moon, the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann—Sandy K.

Sydney Chambers and the Perils of the Night (2nd Grantchester Mystery) by James Runcie—Becky

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner—Marie

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles—Marie

Labgirl by Hope Jahren—Marie

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer–Marie

Force of Nature by Jane Harper–Marie

Circe by Madeline Miller—Marie

Fear, Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward—Ayer

The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier—Ayer

The Partner by John Grisham—Ayer

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin—Mary

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides—Sandy K.

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff—Sandy K.

Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen—Judy R.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah—Berit

Say Nothing, a True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe-Debby T.

You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld—Debby T.

Omen by Dan Brown—Debbie W.

January 21, 2020:

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett—Sandy K. (and Debbie W.)

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan—Sandy K.

Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark—Sandy K.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles—Becky

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin—Becky

The Overstory by Richard Powers—Becky

Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova—Debbie W.

Between Sisters by Kristin Hannah—Debbie W.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah—Debbie W.

When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin—Debbie W.

The Proximity Principle by Ken Coleman—Debbie W.

See  What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt—Judy R.

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff—Judy R.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins—Judy R.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn—Judy R.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys—Debbie W.

Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys—Debbie W.

Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys—Debbie W.

Road to Tara; the Life of Margaret Mitchell—Debby T.

The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman—Berit

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan–Berit

November 19, 2019

A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larrson

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

River of Fire by Helen Prejean

Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan

The Clock maker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

October 15, 2019

Who Do You Love? by Jennifer Weiner—Marie who also recommends anything by J.D. Robb

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner—Debby T.

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict—Ayer

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman—Ayer

The Color of Water by James McBride—Ayer

The Shape of the Eye by George Estreich—Ayer

Diagnosis: Solving the Most Baffling Medical Mysteries by Lisa Sanders—Ayer

Scam Me If You Can: Simple Strategies to Outsmart Today’s Rip-off Artists by Frank Abagnale—Ayer

Uncommon Friends: Life with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel, and Charles Lindbergh by James Newton—Debby T.

Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman—Debby T.

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood (ok, not as good as Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman)—Debby T.

Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann—Becky

Serena by Ron Rash—Judy R.

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan—Sandy K.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd—Becky

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips—Becky

The Rosie Project, The Rosie Effect, The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion—Ayer

Becoming by Michelle Obama—Ayer

Fear by Bob Woodward—Ayer

The Library Book by Susan Orlean—Debby T

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee—Debby T

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson—Debby T

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert—Debby T

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner—Debby T

Summer of 69 by Elin Hilderbrand—Debby T and Berit

Maid by Stephanie Land—Debby T

Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny—Marie

The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis—Marie

American Gods by Neil Gaiman—Marie

A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain—Sandy K

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger—Sandy K

A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash—Sandy K and Judy R

100 Names by Cecilia Ahern—Sandy K

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng—Judy R

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein—Judy R

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware—Judy R

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon—Judy R

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan—Judy R

The House of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck—Judy R

The Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin—Judy R

The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo by F.G. Haghenbeck and Achy Obejas—Judy

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick—Judy R

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey—Judy R

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See—Judy R

The Secret between Us by Barbara Delinsky—Judy R

Dear Carolina, The Secret of Southern Charm, Slightly South of Simple, This and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey—Linda B

The Moth (true stories on Audible or as a podcast)—Linda B

A Sight for Sore Eyes by Ruth Rendell—Berit

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen—Berit

The Lost Man by Jane Harper—Berit

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas—Berit

Suggestions from April 23, 2019

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Flynn—Becky

See You in the Piazza by Frances Mayes—Becky

The Master by Coim Toibin—Becky

Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn—Ayer

Grass for his Pillow by Lian Hearn—Ayer

Brilliance of the Moon by Lian Hearn—Ayer

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen—Ayer

Becoming by Michelle Obama—Ayer

In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner—Cheryl Q.

The Lost Man by Jane Harper—Berit

A Sight for Sore Eyes by Ruth Rendell—Berit

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain—Ann S.

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon—Ann S.

Wheat Belly by William Davis—Ann S.

Inheritance by Dani  Shapiro—Sandy K. and Debby T.

The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen—Sandy K.

Still Life by Louise Penny (1st in series)—Sandy K.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris—Debby T.

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny—Marie

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan–Marie

Suggestions from March 19, 2019

Beautiful Boy the movie and book by David Sheff—Mary A.

Tweak by Nic Sheff—Mary A.

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty—Becky

Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope—Becky

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston—Marie

Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny, Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear—Marie

Nobody Knows by Mary Jane Clark—Judy R.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng—Judy R.

Heft by Liz Moore—Berit

Hum if You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais—Sandy K.

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin—Sandy K.

My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie—Cheryl Q.

The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett—Cheryl Q.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett—Ayer

The Places In Between by Rory Stewart—Ayer

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton—Ayer

Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn—Ayer

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens—Ayer and Debby T.

Educated by Tara Westover—Debby T.

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro—Debby T.

Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin—Debby T. and Becky

Suggestions from February 19, 2019:

Becoming by Michelle Obama—Becky

Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan—Mary A.

A Respectable Trade by Philippa Gregory—Ayer

The Last Man by Vince Flynn—Ayer

The Color Purple by Alice Walker—Ayer

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah—Ayer

Heaven’s Net is Wide by Lian Hearn—Ayer

Stones in Water by Donna Jo Napoli–Ayer

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy—Judy R.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas—Berit

Boys in the Trees by Carly Simon—Ann S.

Girls Like Us by Sheila Weller—Ann S.

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley—Sandy K.

Ripper by Isabel Allende—Sandy K.

Hum if You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais—Sandy K.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan—Marie

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin—Debby T.

Educated by Tara Westover—Debby T.

Also—The Wife (movie)

Gretchen Rubin who wrote:  The Happiness Project, Better than Before,          Happier at Home, The Four Tendencies, and the upcoming Outer Order, Inner Calm

Suggestions from January 15, 2019

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead—Marie

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid—Marie

Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny, best to read in order—Marie

Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear—Marie

Leadership: in turbulent times by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  Also by same author—Wait Till Next Year and Team of Rivals—Ayer

Proud by Ibtihaj Muhammad—Ayer

Second Glance by Jodi Picoult—Ayer

The Whole World Over by Julia Glass—Becky

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan—Becky

God Save Texas by Lawrence Wright—Becky

The Children Act by Ian McEwan—Debby T and Berit

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See—Debby T

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline—Debby T

Becoming by Michelle Obama—Debby T

News of the World by Paulette Jiles—Debby T

My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie—Cheryl Q

Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand—Judy R

The Woman in the Window by A J Finn—Judy R

When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica—Judy R

The Camel Knows the Way by Lorna Kelly—Berit

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas—Berit

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny—Sandy K

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle—Sandy K

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones—Sandy K

My Brilliant Friend on HBO—Sandy K


Beautiful Day by Ellin Hillenbrand, Berit and Sandy K.

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain, Berit

Play Dead by Angela Marsons, Berit

Sun Storm by Asa Larsson, Berit

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline, Judy R

The Baker’s Secret by Steven P Kiernan, Judy R

The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard, Judy R

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, Judy R

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, Judy R and Debbie T

The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey, Judy R

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende, Judy R

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, Ann S

In the Woods by Tana French, Becky (attendees also liked Faithful Place and Broken Harbor)

The French Chef in America, the French Chef’s Second Act by Alex Prud’homme, Becky

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, Becky

This is How it Always is by Laurie Frankel, Debbie T

I’ll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara, Debbie T

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Debbie T

Pentecost Alley by Anne Perry, Sandy K

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, Sandy K

10 Years Gone by Jonathan Dunsky, Sandy K and Berit

Sunburn by Laura Lipman, Sandy K

Mind’s Eye by Hakan Nesser, Sandy K

And on tv=The Minitiaturist, The Ozarks, and Sharp Objects


Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand—Cheryl Q

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain—Cheryl Q

Where the Past Begins, a Writer’s Memoir by Amy Tan—Mary

The Story of Mary, from the Biblical World to Today, National Geographic—Mary

The Song of Bernadette by Franz Werfel—Mary

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng—Debbie T.

Setting Free the Kites by Alex George—Ann S.

The Eddie Flynn Series by Steve Cavanagh—Ann S.

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout—Becky

Faithful by Alice Hoffman—Becky

J.D. Robb  and Tess Gerritson—Marie

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones—Franny

The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland–Franny

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles—Becky

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah—Becky

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee—Ann

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal—Berit

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue—Sandy K.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng—Sandy K.

Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, no. 1) by Louise Penny—Marie

The Bat (Harry Hole, no. 1) by Jo Nesbo—Marie

The Surgeon (Rizzoli and Isles, no. 1) by Tess Gerritsen—Marie

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, no. 3) by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowing—Marie

Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi—Mary

The Michigan Murders by Edward Keyes—Mary

The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog by Bruce D Perry–Mary