Book clubs

Ellen will join your book club meeting via phone or Skype! 
(All you need is a speaker phone or Skype setup at your meeting location.) 

To arrange a chat, contact Ellen at ellenbakernovels [at] gmail [dot] com.  In your message, please include your group's name, where you're located, the date and time, which of her books you're discussing, and the number for her to call. 


"Ellen, when you hung up this morning, one of my friends yelled out, 'That was the most fun thing ever!'

—Sara Floerke, Duluth, MN

"Ellen, Thank you for the most memorable book club ever!  I truly appreciated the Skype session you held with us... I loved reading Keeping the House and speaking to you made it even better!"

---Michele Eisner, Sugarmill Woods, FL

Find discussion questions for I GAVE MY HEART TO KNOW THIS here.

Find discussion questions for KEEPING THE HOUSE here.

Phone chat with Novel Ideas Book Club, Worcester, Mass., January 2012

Phone chat with Briarwood Book Club, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, November 2011

With the Voracious Varlets, Superior, Wisconsin, August 2011

With "Book Therapy," Saginaw, Minnesota, August 2008.

Top of the Thumb book club, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin, September 2009

With Books & More, Chanhassen, Minnesota, May 2010.  (Read all about this meeting.)

With The Next Chapter, Oakdale, Minnesota, May 2010.


A suggested treat for your Keeping the House meeting (Dolly's recipe):


  ¾ cup sifted all-purpose flour

  ½ teasp. baking soda

  ½ teasp. salt

  ¼ teasp. nutmeg

  ¾ cup light or dark raisins

  ½ cup salad oil

  ¼ cup water

  1 cup brown sugar, packed

  1 teasp. vanilla extract

  1 ½ cups uncooked rolled oats

  ½ cup chopped nuts

Sift flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg.  Rinse and drain raisins; mix with salad oil, water; mix in sugar,    vanilla, oats, nuts, then flour mixture.  Refrigerate 1 hr.  Start heating oven to 350 degrees F.  Drop dough by teaspoonfuls, about 2” apart, onto greased cookie sheet.  Bake 10 to 12 min., or till crisp around edges.   Makes 3 ½ doz.

  From the Good Housekeeping Cook Book, 1949


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