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December, 2007
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Author Recipe: Lisa See's Won Tons
Enter to Win PEONY IN LOVE by Lisa See
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We're thrilled to feature a recipe from author Lisa See whose new novel, Peony in Love, has book clubs buzzing.  Take a moment to enter our contest to win copies of Peony in Love for your book club.
Looking for gift ideas?  Our reading recommendations from book clubs around the country should help.  And check out the fabulous new authors in our Invite an Author program, all willing to speak to your book club! 
Have a happy, healthy holiday season.

Warm wishes,
Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
Co-authors of The Book Club Cookbook
and The Kids' Book Club Book
The author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan shares a tasty recipe paired with her latest novel, Peony in Love
Lisa See's new novel Peony in Love takes readers back to seventeenth-century China. Based on a true story, Peony in Love uses the richness and magic of the Chinese belief in the afterlife to explore the many manifestations of love.  Ultimately, it's about universal themes: the bonds of female friendship, the powePeony In Lover of words, and the desire of all women to be heard.

Lisa See's Won Tons

Food and the Chinese language are the two most important things in Chinese culture and to the Chinese people, so it's no wonder that food plays an important role in all my books.  In Peony in Love, food has a greater significance than usual.  I don't want to give anything away, but it has to do with the nature of the lovesick maidens and what they were doing (or not doing) in life, as well as the ravenous desires of hungry ghosts. 




Peony In Love
Win copies of Peony in Love and a Chat with Lisa See

Peony, the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family, is betrothed to a suitor she has never met, but has dreams of her own. Lisa See's haunting new novel, an unforgettable journey of love and destiny, desire and sorrow,  is based on historical events, taking readers back to seventeenth-century China, after the Manchus seize power and the Ming dynasty is crushed.

Submit an entry form by December 31, 2007 and we'll enter your club in a contest to win free copies of Peony in Love.  The winning book club will enjoy a telephone chat with Lisa See. (Limit: 15 copies per group)

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Book Recommendations 
Reading Suggestions from Book Clubs Around the Country
The Hawthorne Neighborhood Book Club of  Bloomington, Illinois, recommends:

LOVING FRANK by Nancy Horan (Ballantine Books, 2007),  Fiction, 384 pages
"This author's first novel is beautifully written and made several of us want to delve deeper into the accomplishments of Frank Lloyd Wright. Horan draws on years of research to weave little known-facts into a compelling narrative portraying the conflicts and struggles of Mamah Borthwick Cheney as she strives to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. She is forced to choose between the roles of mother, wife, lover, and intellectual, seeking to find her own creative calling in the world.  Her choices that reshape her notions about love and responsibility lead to a stunning conclusion. Most of us agreed we did not like the behavior of the main characters, but the book was so intriguing and rich in detail we could not put it down.
"Fortunately for us, one of our members is a cousin to Nancy Horan and we were delighted to have a telephone conversation with her during our discussion. The book's cover is classic F. L. Wright design, complete with shadowy profile, perhaps symbolizing the complexities of his life. We closed our discussion questioning the title and wondered 'Who was it who loved Frank?'"

More book recommendations

To Chat With Your Book ClubInvite an Author
Our directory of authors ready to chat with your book club on the phone continues to grow. We're pleased to welcome the following authors to the Invite an Author program:

These authors join our roster of terrific writers, including Susanne Alleyn, Jenna Blum and Donna Woolfolk Cross.  Please browse our complete list of available authors and their books.  Once you've decided which author(s) you'd like to invite, contact the author(s) directly through our website and arrange a date to speak with them. We hope you'll give it a try!

 Whistling in the Dark
Book Giveaway Contest Winners

Around the World

 We were delighted to give away sets of Lesley Kagen's Whistling in the Dark to Bonnie Gluhanich's book club of Estero, Florida and Peter Zheutlin's Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride to the Literary Lyres of Canoga Park, California.
As members of the Invite an Author program, both Ms. Kagen and Mr. Zheutlin are available to speak to your book club.