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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,845 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Pearlman Narrator: Gabra Zackman Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9780743598293
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Every year at Christmastime, Marnie and her twelve closest girlfriends gather in the evening with batches of beautifully wrapped homemade cookies. Everyone has to bring a dessert and a bottle of wine, but this year, it’s their stories that are especially important. Marnie’s oldest daughter has a risky pregnancy. Jeannie’s father is having an affair with her best friend. Taylor’s life is in financial freefall. Rosie’s husband doesn’t want children, and she has to decide, very soon, the fate of her marriage.

On this evening, at least, they can feel as a group the impulses of sisterly love and conflict, the passion and hopefulness of a new romance, the betrayal and disillusionment some relationships bring, the joys and fears of motherhood, the agony of losing a child, and above all, the love they have for one another. As Marnie says, the Christmas Cookie Club, if it’s anything, is a reminder of delight.

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  • “This debut novel, in which Pearlman creates an appealing variation on the theme of interlocking women’s friendships, should be a hit with fans of gentle reads.” 

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise Cuenin | 2/16/2014

    " I was a little disappointed with this book because I found keeping track and really feeling for 12 people was a bit difficult. I liked the idea of this format but the short glimpse of each women the readers receive is lacking in detail. I had a hard time following what they had in common or really caring. I think there were just too many mini portraits being drawn. Enjoyed the food facts and recipes however but feel like the story would have been better told about 8 friends! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tami | 2/3/2014

    " This book reminded me a lot of Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons. Each chapter focused on a member of the Cookie Club and featured a recipe of the cookies she brought. It was a pretty fast and easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/19/2014

    " Cute Christmas read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Kuder | 1/10/2014

    " reminds me of my sweet playgroup sisters.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/6/2014

    " A group of 12 women get together each year for a Christmas Cookie Club to exchange cookies, gossip and life events. The club has rules, such as no chocolate chip cookies after a large number of members all brought them, and a Head Cookie Bitch to keep things in line. Each woman's story is introduced by her cookie recipe for the party. They are all having some form of life event, from a daughter with a risky pregnancy, to decisions about having children, to infidelity, financial challenges, and new loves. The gathering helps them bridge some of their problems and try to repair broken friendships. I enjoyed looking at the recipes, but found the format of the book a little challenging at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blesilda | 12/30/2013

    " I can't wait to read these book later :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 12/13/2013

    " (3.5 stars) Kept my interest though to the end, not as fluffy as one might assume given the title. It wandered for me a little from the middle to just before the end. Overall a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cari | 11/8/2013

    " I liked this book - there were a few too many characters to keep everyone straight, but overall compelling stories and interesting factoids about food. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennette | 10/4/2013

    " i didn't care for the book too much...... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia | 7/3/2013

    " Another group of friends novel, this time gathered together for the annual Christmas cookie swap party. I somewhat enjoyed the hostess Marnie's reflections on the history of her group of friends and how they all came together. The inter-chapter attention to basic cookie ingredients was a nice touch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 5/14/2013

    " A fairly quick read - with 12 lovely cookie recipes for each character. I read that this is being turned into a film- and think maybe it would make a good film. There was a lot of 'story' to be told that would work well visually. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/19/2013

    " This is definitely one club I would not want to be a member of. This holiday book had too much sadness, drama, and yet was tied with a bow at the end. I do not think I would recommend this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alex | 4/14/2013

    " Easy book. I loved description of the different cookies at the start of each chapter. There was something missing from the story and I found I skipped over a couple of the stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 4/8/2013

    " I can't wait til next December to start a cookie club!! :) an amazing, warm hearted book :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy E. | 2/11/2013

    " Didn't even finish it. Would have given it 0 stars if, 1) it was an option, and 2) it didn't have the good christmas cookie recipes in it. Some of which are in the oven right now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 6/6/2012

    " Delightful book about friends in a book club and how they share their up and downs. Especially liked how each chapter took an ingredient from the cookie recipe and gave the reader a history of it's origin. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annalie Plaetz | 4/11/2012

    " The book really wasn't what I was expecting, but got better as the storyline moved along. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Haley | 1/29/2012

    " It was cute but I felt like the book seemed choppy. I liked learning about the characters, but towards the end, I was counting how many characters were left to introduce. There were too many story lines going on at once without enough story development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 8/31/2011

    " A group of friends meet annually to excchange cookies. Rather boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 6/5/2011

    " Loved this book. Such a great idea and concept. Loved the stories and the recipes :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 5/30/2011

    " Very fun book. Lots of interesting recipes. I've been in a book club for 22-some-odd years, and this made me appreciate the camaraderie of women even more. I'm going to have all my Cookie Bitches listen to it as well. Maybe we can adopt a few fresh ideas! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti | 5/8/2011

    " Fun read. After reading this I was inspired to start an anuual cookie club and hope it may continue for years to come. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/2/2011

    " I didn't expect to enjoy this so much. I found the characters very relate-able and agreed with the women as they left, I didn't want the party to end...
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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alex | 3/27/2011

    " Easy book. I loved description of the different cookies at the start of each chapter. There was something missing from the story and I found I skipped over a couple of the stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 3/4/2011

    " Entertaining quick fun read. Set in Ann Arbor Michigan where the author is from made it more interesting and fun for me to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 2/26/2011

    " I love holiday-themed novels, but I couldn't get through this one. The main character was interesting, but the supporting characters were too varied -- and there were too many of them -- so that the story felt disjointed to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gemma | 2/17/2011

    " it's a good book it goes through ways friends lives interact! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 2/13/2011

    " I enjoyed the history of the recipes and ingredients and think it sounds like a great idea to have this type of club. "

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About the Author
Author Ann Pearlman

Ann Pearlman, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominee, is the author of bestselling fiction as well as forays into memoir, self-help and cooking genres. With diverse academic background and career experience, she brings a unique perspective to her work, appealing to a wide range of readers. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

About the Narrator

Gabra Zackman is an actress and narrator who has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards. She was educated at Northwestern University and performed at many venues in Chicago before touring the country with Boston Chamber Theatre. She has been seen on television in Law & Order.