BOOK CLUB BUZZ CONTESTS
TWO YEARS, NO RAIN
by Shawn Klomparens
by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Summer is a great time to catch up on reading and explore new titles for your book club. We're pleased to bring you terrific summer reading recommendations by groups around the country.
Our new website feature, Novel Noshes, highlights food and book pairings from groups around the country, and is sure to spark your culinary creativity. Please send your group's creative food pairing ideas to share with our readers.
And... we have a winner! The Epicureaders of San Francisco, California, won our Read & Feed Contest with their creative, delectable book-and-food pairing.
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, awards and special events.
Remember to enter the current Book Club Buzz contests to win Donna Woolfolk Cross's Pope Joan and George Rabasa's The Wonder Singer.
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
The Page Turners of
Fallston High School of Bel Air, Maryland, recommend:
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie
Barrows (Dial, 2009), Historical Fiction, 304 pages
a series of letters, the author tells the story of the German Occupation of the
Channel Islands - Guernsey Island in particular - during World War II. Our book club enjoyed discussion about the
dying art of letter writing and how putting one's thoughts and feelings down on
paper by hand is still very important for the writer and welcomed by the
receiver, although we are living in a world of email. We compared past wars (WWI, WWII, and the German Occupation on
Guernsey Island) with current day wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and found that
they are similar in many ways. Reading about the islanders' lives during
and after the German Occupation was eye opening. The colorful characters
were superbly described by the author and made you feel as if you knew them
personally. Reading about the birth of another book club - completely by
accident - was quite interesting."
Paired with: "Grilled kielbasa slices, carrot
sticks, and chocolate. We compared our fare to that of the night the Guernsey
Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was discovered. They were secretly
feasting on roast pig! The carrots and chocolate represented the types of
rationed food they were provided during the German Occupation."
More Book Recommendations
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe by Jennie Shortridge
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillippa Gregory
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
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:
NEW AND UPCOMING PAPERBACK RELEASES
Life in the Balance: A
Physician's Memoir of Life, Love and Loss with Parkinson's Disease and
by Thomas Graboys, M.D. and Peter Zheutlin
NEW AND UPCOMING RELEASES
SPECIAL EVENTS AND APPEARANCES
The Painter from
by Jennifer Cody Epstein
: A Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" Summer Pick.
- The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister: NPR's Morning Edition Recommended Summer Read.
- Scottsboro by Ellen Feldman: Short-listed for the
U.K.'s Orange Prize, awarded to the best novel written in English by a
by Robin Maxwell
: Selected by Sons of Italy
National Book Club for Italian American Magazine
as one of five
READ & FEED CONTEST WINNER
Most Creative Food and Literature Pairing
Congratulations to the Epicureaders of San Francisco, California, for their winning entry in our Read & Feed Contest. The Epicureaders savored a Persian Love Cake when they discussed The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie (Random House, 2008). Member Lena Zentall describes the cake as "delicately infused with cardamom and saffron, and topped with an ethereal whipped cream icing. An enchanting dessert fit for a moghul emperor."
The Epicureaders will receive a collection of upcoming 2009 titles (advance reading copies) from Algonquin Books. From Water for
Elephants and Mudbound and The Children in Room E4 to Last Child in the
Woods, Algonquin Books continues to go against the grain. Thanks to Algonquin Books for contributing this fantastic prize, and congratulations to the winners!