BOOK CLUB BUZZ CONTESTS
by Kate Jacobs
THE SCHOOL OF ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS
by Erica Bauermeister
SONATA FOR MIRIAM
by Linda Olsson
Whether you're looking for gifts for a book club member you know, or ideas for your own group, you'll find inspiration in our many new reading recommendations from book clubs.
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Happy reading, and warm wishes for the holidays.
Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
Co-authors of The Book Club Cookbook
and The Kids' Book Club Book
BOOK CLUBS RECOMMEND
Reading Suggestions from Book Clubs
StrollerFriends and Austin Wine and Words of Austin,
by Frances Peebles (Harper, 2008)
Fiction, 656 pages
"This book is an amazing tale of two Brazilian sisters and the struggle for
women to maintain a sense of self despite drought, revolution, economic
hardship, and separation from loved ones in the 1930s. The
author incorporates a tremendous amount of detail about Brazilian life in
both the country and city, and the result is that you feel like you are
really there. The character development is exceptional and we felt
like we really knew and had a relationship with each of the sisters. Our
group comprises many mothers, and we enthusiastically shared our
own personal stories related to the two main characters' struggles to be
independent and free yet be loved by a man, and experience motherhood
and the devotion to a child, while still keeping the connection to
our siblings and roots alive and strong. We loved the way the author drew us
into the suspense of the sisters' lives, and the opportunity to learn about an
entirely different culture. We
found and enjoyed reading a very informative two-page essay by the author on the story behind the
Paired with: "Menu recommendations were received directly
from the author and included Pão de Queijo (warm cheese bread served in bakeries across Brazil), Bobó de Camarão (a popular dish of
shrimp in spicy dende yucca sauce with onion, tomatoes, and peppers),
and Porco Tenderloin (coffee crusted grilled pork-loin topped with spicy
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Looking for new titles for your club and a way to rejuvenate your discussions? Browse our directory of books and authors willing to speak to your book club by phone. Our roster includes fiction, nonfiction, mystery, and young adult titles. Or, visit our location directory to find an author close to home who will visit your group in person.
Our directory of terrific authors includes Elizabeth Benedict, Debra Borden, Rodger Kamenetz, Kelly Simmons, Jodi Thomas, Michele Zackheim, Peter Zheutlin, and many more.
Browse our complete list of available authors and their books.
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