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Summer, 2008
In This Issue
Book Clubs Recommend
New Authors to Invite to Your Club
Contest Winners
Enter the June  Book Club Buzz!
Eileen Goudge
Domestic Affairs

Beth Harbison
Secrets of a Shoe Addict

 Coming July 1:

Kate Jacobs
Comfort Food

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We extend a warm welcome to the authors who have recently joined our Invite an Author program, and who are eager to speak to your book club by phone.  Their many terrific titles include debut novels, historical fiction, and comic novels. You'd rather host an author in your home?  Take a moment to visit our new Invite an Author by Location page, which lists authors available to visit your book club in person.

Enter to win two sizzling summer reads: Eileen Goudge's Domestic Affairs and Beth Harbison's Secrets of a Shoe Addict, the featured titles in our June Book Club Buzz contests.   If you're hungry for summer recipes to pair with your reading, our Featured Author Recipes page, with fabulous dishes from Eileen, Beth, and other authors, should satisfy.

On July 1, check your inbox for a new book giveaway - Kate Jacobs's Comfort Food - along with one of Kate's favorite family recipes.

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

The Literary Lyres of San Fernando Valley in Woodland Hills,Plum Wine California, recommend:

Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner (University of Wisconsin, 2006), Fiction, 332 pages

"Plum Wine is beautifully written and has broad appeal.  Barbara Jefferson, an American, is teaching at a Japanese university, when her friend and mentor, Michiko dies, leaving Barbara a Japanese chest filled with bottles of homemade plum wine. Each bottle is dated with a consecutive year and wrapped with rice paper, on which Michiko has written her life story. Barbara engages a Japanese gentleman to translate the diaries, and they embark upon a personal relationship. The story takes place during the Vietnam era and reflects back over Hiroshima and the devastation that war can cause. It spans many years and shows us the dangers of history repeating itself. It is a love story as well as a morality tale with psychological suspense. The mother of one of our members is Japanese and lived in a relocation camp during World War II. She was able to bring her unique and personal perspective to the Japanese American experience. Our group unanimously enjoyed the book, and the author was gracious enough to participate in our discussion via
speaker phone."
Paired with: Japanese cuisine, including Japanese cucumber salad, Benihana-style fried rice, soy rice crackers, tempura vegetables, plum wine and Michi-San's Japanese Slipper - a big hit with the girls!

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:

Shobhan Bantwal, The Forbidden Daughter
Rebecca Barry, Later, at the Bar
S.A. Bodeen, The Compound
Melodie Bowsher, My Lost and Found Life
Carleen Brice, Orange MInt and Honey
Jessica Brody, The Fidelity Files
Barbara Delinsky, The Secret Between Us
Lesley Dormen, The Best Place to Be
Ellen Feldman, Scottsboro
Nancy Goldstone, The Four Queens
Joanna Hershon, The German Bride
Tara Ison, The List
Daphne Kalotay, Calamity and Other Stories
Alison Larkin, The English American
Yael Goldstein Love, Overture
Kate Maloy, Every Last Cuckoo
Robert Marshall, A Separate Reality
Ruthanne Lum McCunn, God of Luck
DeLaune Michel, The Safety of Secrets
Kathleen Reid, A Page Out of Life
Laurie Viera Rigler, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict
Lisa Rosenbaum, A Day of Small Beginnings
Michele Scott, A Vintage Murder
Amy Wallen, MoonPies and Movie Stars
Melanie Wells, My Soul to Keep
Janet Ruth Young, The Opposite of Music

These authors join our roster of terrific writers, including Cai Emmons, Martha Frankel, Jane Guill, Judy Larsen, Jewell Parker Rhodes and Marie Myung-Ok Lee.

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.

Book Giveaway Contest Winners

English American
We were delighted to give away 15 copies of Alison Larkin's The English American to "Our Book Club" of Prineville, Oregon, and 75 copies of  Min Jin Lee's Free Food for Millionaires to many lucky readers.