BOOK CLUB BUZZ CONTESTS
by Eileen Goudge
WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
by Alyse Myers
As spring creeps to New England, we look forward to new beginnings. If you've been seeking a different way to select books for your group, or hoping some great new titles will cross your path, read on.
Have you created any delectable dishes to pair with a reading selection for your book club? If so, take a moment to enter our Read & Feed contest.
Many book clubs have asked us about strategies for choosing their next book. In this issue, several book club veterans
share their tips for successful book selection.
We have terrific new spring reading recommendations from book clubs across the country, including fiction, mystery and memoir. New authors have joined our Choose a Book - Invite an Author program and we bring you news from the authors in our directory, including new releases, paperbacks and awards.
Remember to enter the current Book Club Buzz contests to win a copy of Louise Shaffer's Serendipity and a copy of Linda Olsson's Sonata for Miriam.
Happy Reading and Bon Appetit!
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
PMMS Book Club of Antioch, California, recommends:
Still Alice by Lisa Genova (Pocket, 2009), Fiction, 320 pages
"What a wonderful book! It is about a world renowned Harvard College Professor
of Linguistics who finds out she has early onset Alzheimers. It deals with such a tremendous loss for someone whose life depends on her intellect and her ability to communicate to heads of the Linguistic field, her family and students. Questions arose about whether her husband (a scientist) should continue to pursue his dreams despite her illness, how much time was left before she left them forever and how this time should be spent. It is a heartbreaker and a page turner. A must read for all!"
More Book Recommendations
Cooking for Mr. Latte: A Food Lover's Courtship, with Recipes
by Amanda Hesser
Eating Heaven by Jennie Shortridge
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson
My Life In France by Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme
Sepulchre by Kate Mosse
Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
CHOOSE A BOOK - INVITE AN AUTHOR
Our Choose a Book - Invite an Author program allows you to browse for great titles for your club and schedule author chats. Remember to visit our location directory to find an author close to home who will visit your group in person.
Welcome to new authors:
and children's authors: Anna Hays, Charlotte Kandel and Michael Sullivan.
NEW AND UPCOMING PAPERBACK RELEASES
NEW AND UPCOMING RELEASES
- The English American by Alison Larkin: Under option with ABC-TV for television series; Audio version is Audible No. 1 Original Pick for 2008.
- God of Luck by Ruthanne Lum McCunn: Chinese American Librarians Association Award for Best Fiction 2008 and Kiriyama Notable Book.
- Scottsboro by Ellen Feldman: Richmond Times-Dispatch - "One of the five best novels of 2008."
- A Page Out of Life by Kathleen Reid: Nominated for a Library of Virginia Literary award.
- Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey: Essence magazine feature as June Novel-of-the-Month.
SELECTING BOOKS FOR YOUR GROUP
Book Clubs Share Their Success Stories
We asked you to share your group's method of selecting titles, and you did! Here is a sampling of responses from our readers:
Host chooses the book with a different genre each month
from the Author Exposure Book Club of Norcross, Georgia:
We used to vote on book selection, but noticed that the same types of books, namely memoirs, were often chosen. Only 2 or 3 people would suggest titles, and the others would go along with the presented choices.
For the New Year, we tried a new approach: a different genre every month, with the host choosing the book. Members are assigned a hosting month in advance, so they have time to find the perfect book. The host also leads the discussion.
We discovered that members have different favorite genres, such as true crime or science fiction, and it's been quite a learning experience to step out of our comfort zones and explore other literary works. Everyone is interested and excited about what's coming next. This method allows each member the opportunity to read what interests him or her. Our group has grown since making this change and our members are bringing creativity to every meeting!
More Reading Selection Tips
READ & FEED CONTEST
Tell Us About Your Creative Food and Literature Pairing
Did your group serve up Afghani fare when you read A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, set in Afghanistan? How about popcorn, cotton candy, and other circus food for Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, about circus life during the Depression?
If you've served snacks or dishes that match the theme of the book your group is reading, we'd like to hear about it. Tell us about your food and literature pairing in an email - and attach a photo of your food. The dish doesn't need to be elaborate or even homemade - we're simply looking for the most creative literature and food pairing around.
The winner will receive a collection of upcoming 2009 titles (advance reading copies) from Algonquin Books.
Enter the Read & Feed Contest