Title to be discussed: Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain. Time of meeting: Monday, June 13, 2011, at 6:30 PM. Summary: "Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce and poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and an unreasoning devotion to a monstrous daughter." Out of these elements, James M.