A Note from Martha
There’s so much for book clubs to talk about with both Lilac Girls and Lost Roses. The debilitating power of guilt. Mothers and daughters. Is it better to forgive or just forget? What does it mean to really love someone? How does it all connect to our current political landscape? And Halina’s ring is always an interesting topic.
Book clubs have done so many creative things at their Lilac Girls meetings. Cooked foods featured in the book (one served the Polish Hunters Stew from Kasia’s wedding chapter), used the Lilac Girls maps as centerpieces and featured lilacs in so many creative ways, including cocktails. I also have a growing collection of book clubs that have re-enacted the book cover, arm in arm. So great!
If you have any pictures from your book group gathering discussing either of my books, please send them along. I just love seeing them and will add them to my website Book Club Gallery.
Lilac Girls Bookclub Resources
Menu & Recipe Ideas
Enrichment Reading for Lilac Girls
booklist coming soon!
Lost Roses Bookclub Resources
Menu & Recipe Ideas
Book Club Kit
Enrichment Reading for Lost Roses
The Russian Countess: Escaping Revolutionary Russia by Edith Sollohub and Stories from Forest and Steppe: The Country Life of the Russian Countess by Edith Sollohub. Loved both of these books by Edith Sollohub, a former aristocrat, and based the Lost Roses character of Sofya in part on Edith.
A Countess in Limbo: Diaries in War & Revolution; Russia 1914-1920, France 1939-1947 by Olga Hendrikoff. Former countess Olga’s gripping story of her life and turbulent times in civil war-torn Russia.
Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy by Douglas Smith. The harrowing story of Russian nobility caught in the danger and chaos of the Revolution
Journal of a Russian Grand Duchess: Complete Annotated 1913 Diary of Olga Romanov, Eldest Daughter of the Last Tsar (Last Russian Imperial Family In Their Own Words) (Volume 3) by Helen Azar. The Tsar’s eldest daughter’s diary. Poignant, private thoughts that grow increasingly serious as the family’s circumstances worsen, but never lose their optimism.
My Life Here and There by Princess Cantacuzene, Countess Speransky, nee Grant. This is a fascinating firsthand account of an American woman’s marriage to a Russian prince and eventual escape from the dangers of the Russian Revolution