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Spring, 2008
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We have many new authors in our Invite an Author program all willing to speak to your book club about some terrific titles, including prize winning short stories, a psychological thriller, and comic novels.

Coming in April: two new book giveaways along with author recipes from novelists Alison Larkin and Min Jin Lee.

Happy Reading!
Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
Co-authors of The Book Club Cookbook
and The Kids' Book Club Book
Book Recommendations 
Reading Suggestions from Book Clubs Around the Country

Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran (Random House, 2005), Fiction,  240 pages

"This is the story of three sisters who flee Iran and end up in a rural village in Ireland, where they open an enchanting Persian restaurant.  We enjoyed the characters, the scenery, the cultural differences (Iran vs. Ireland) and the sensuous descriptions of the sisters' culinary creations.  We would have liked the book to be a bit longer, with more details about the sisters' situation in Iran.  It was difficult to grasp how the one sister so quickly became entangled with extremists, when she was not naturally inclined to do so.  This is a great book for those who enjoy serving book-related food as part of the meeting, as each chapter of the book begins with a recipe.  We enjoyed making and eating some of the Persian dishes that were mentioned in the book."
Paired with: Baklava, Hummus, Red Lentil Soup Fesenjoon (chicken in a ground walnut and pomegranate juice sauce), Rice Elephant Ears (from a recipe in the book - not the kind that you would find at the county fair)

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:

Elizabeth Benedict, The Practice of Deceit
Debra Borden, A Little Bit Married
Nona Caspers, Heavier Than Air
Martha Frankel, Hats & Eyeglasses: A Family Love Affair with Gambling
Edward Hardy, Keeper and Kid
Rodger Kamenetz, The History of Last Night's Dream
Min Jin Lee, Free Food for Millionaires
Kelly Simmons, Standing Still
Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, Midori by Moonlight
Michele Zackheim, Broken Colors
Victoria Zackheim, For Keeps: Women Tell The Truth About Their Bodies, Growing Older, And Acceptance

These authors join our roster of terrific writers, including Nassim Assefi, Susanne Alleyn, Elizabeth Benedict, and Margaret Sartor. 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!

Book Giveaway Contest Winners

Miss American PiePeony in LoveWe were delighted to give away sets of Lisa See's Peony in Love to Jill Greenberg's Book Club of Potomac, Maryland, and Margaret Sartor's Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets, and Growing Up in the 1970s to the Kings Mountain Book Club of Woodside, California. Both clubs will enjoy chats with the author when they discuss the book.