Book Bytes - News from the Book Club Cookbook
  Winter, 2008
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IN THIS ISSUE

Book Clubs Recommend

Choose a Book - Invite an Author

3-Minute Survey


QUICK LINKS

Enter Book Club Buzz

Author Recipes

Guest Author Blog

Pairing Food and Literature



COMING SOON:
BOOK CLUB BUZZ CONTESTS



  December 15

Olive Kitteridge

KNIT TWO
by Kate Jacobs



January 15

The Help

THE HELP
by
Kathryn Stockett



February 1

School of Essential Ingredients

THE SCHOOL OF ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS
by Erica Bauermeister



March 1

Sonata

SONATA FOR MIRIAM
by Linda Olsson

 

Greetings!

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.


We've been hearing from readers who want ideas on how their book clubs should go about selecting titles.  Book club veterans:  Do you have a great way to choose books?  Please tell us!  We'll share your ideas in our next newsletter.

Browse for great titles for your club and schedule author chats through our Choose a Book - Invite an Author program. And if you're looking for recipes to share with your group, check out our online cookbook of Author Recipes.  Our Author Blog features several new guest authors each month.

If there are features you'd like to see in our newsletter and on our website, we'd like to know.  Please complete our 3-minute survey.
 
Enter the current Book Club Buzz contests to win On Borrowed Wings by Chandra Prasad and The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn.

Yellow MoonAround the World







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

Recommendations
BOOK CLUBS RECOMMEND
Reading Suggestions from Book Clubs

StrollerFriends and Austin Wine and Words of Austin, Texas, recommend:

seamstress
THE SEAMSTRESS
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 book."
 
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 cherry sauce)."


More Book Recommendations


ChooseABook
CHOOSE A BOOK - INVITE AN AUTHOR

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. 


Survey


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Please take our three-minute survey about our website and newsletter. As thanks for completing the survey by December 15, your name will be entered in a drawing to win a copy of Christmas Cookies, a terrific cookbook by Boston Globe food writer Lisa Zwirn  (10 winners will be selected). We value your feedback!

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