Book Bytes - News from the Book Club Cookbook
  Fall, 2009
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IN THIS ISSUE

Book Clubs Recommend

Book Stores Recommend

Choose a Book - Invite an Author

KidsBuzz

Reading Group Month


QUICK LINKS

Enter Book Club Buzz

Author Recipes

  Choose a Book - Invite an Author

Novel Noshes




COMING SOON:
BOOK CLUB BUZZ CONTESTS


  October 1

Once in a Blue Moon

ONCE IN A BLUE MOON
by Eileen Goudge


October 15

Christmas Clock

THE CHRISTMAS CLOCK
by Kat Martin


November 1

WhileMySisterSleeps

WHILE MY SISTER SLEEPS
by Barbara Delinsky


November 15

ChristmasCake

CHRISTMAS CAKE
by Lynne Hinton


 
Greetings,

As you're selecting this year's books for your club, check out our new reading suggestions from groups around the country. We also asked several book stores to weigh in with their top book club picks for the fall, so you'll have the scoop on what to read with your group.

Wondering what to serve at your next meeting? Check out our latest Author Recipes for dishes that connect with their books, such as Jacquelyn Michard's easy and delicious Next Day Rice Pudding to pair with her novel No Time to Wave Goodbye.  Or, to spark your own culinary creativity, see how book clubs around the country have paired books and food on our Novel Noshes page.

New authors have joined our Choose a Book - Invite an Author program and we bring you the latest releases from the authors in our directory.

Remember to enter our Book Club Buzz contests to win
Lisa Tucker's The Promised World and Jacquelyn Mitchard's
No Time to Wave Goodbye.


 
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Happy Reading and Bon Appétit!

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


DivingBellandButterfly
We Love Books of Raytown, Missouri, recommends:

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
by Jean-Dominique Bauby
(Vintage, 2007), Memoir, 144 pages

"Jean suffered a stroke and was left completely paralyzed with only the capability of sight, thought and the ability to blink his left eye.  He existed in a 'living hell' - alert and cognizant though paralyzed and trapped, locked in his mind without the ability to communicate his thoughts, feelings, needs, or condition to anyone. He dictated this memoir by blinking to transcriber Claude as she recorded each letter of each word in each sentence in this book.
 
"A testimony to the human spirit, it's uplifting to think that this incredible man overcame his imprisonment in his mind to tell us all that he was still 'there'.  We discussed 'Locked in syndrome' - what it is and how it would feel to have it; other recent books that feature characters in comas (Joy Fielding's Still Life and Michael Palmer's Second Opinion were the two we compared); if our loved ones would take care of us in this situation and how it would affect them; and the differences between high tech American medicine/rehab and what was depicted in France, such as open windows in hospitals."
 
More Book Recommendations

Including:
 
The Red Scarf by
Kate Furnivall
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Why New Orleans Matters by Tom Piazza
Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
Under the Tuscan Sun
by Frances Mayes
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness
at the Fair that Changed America
by Erik Larson
The Last Child
by John Hart
 


BookStoresBooks NOVELCULINARYCOMBOS
BOOK STORES RECOMMEND
Suggestions from Book Stores
Across the Country


Which titles are book stores recommending this fall? Some of our favorite establishments share their latest book club suggestions. All titles are available in paperback.

Newtonville Books of Newton, Massachusetts, recommends:

The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost
African HouseSugarBeachChildhood
by Helene Cooper (Simon & Schuster, 2008)

Cooper, a White House correspondent for the New York Times, grew up in luxury and privilege in Liberia, a direct descendant on both sides of her family from the American black freeman who founded her country. Yet even this halcyon lifestyle could not shelter her from calamity. In fact, it is because of her family's prestige that the Coopers are brutally attacked and they must leave Liberia and move to Knoxville, Tennessee and start over. This memoir is funny, touching, tragic, and enthralling all the way to the last page.

More Recommendations from Newtonville Books

Including:

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
A Gentleman's Guide to Graceful Living by Michael Dahlie

Alameda Books, Inc. of Alameda, California, recommends:

Company of LIarsCompany of Liars by Karen Maitland
(Delta/Random House, 2008)

Set in the 12th century during the years of the Black Death, Maitland pulls you into the stories of  her mysterious cast of nine characters who end up traveling together in an attempt to flee their fate. Guaranteed to spark discussion about how we lie to ourselves as much as we lie to others.

More Recommendations from Alameda Books, Inc

Including:

America America
by Ethan Canin
Miles From Nowhere by Nami Mun

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CHOOSE A BOOK - INVITE AN AUTHOR
Author News


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:

Shawn Klomparens, Two Years, No Rain

Hank Phillipi Ryan, Face Time

They join our existing roster of terrific writers,
including  Heather Gudenkauf, Alyse Myers,
Yael Goldstein Love
Lisa Lutz and many more.

NEW AND UPCOMING RELEASES

September

Yellow Moon by Jewell Parker Rhodes (pb)

No Time to Wave Goodbye by Jacquelyn Mitchard

October

While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky

November





KidsBuzz KIDSBUZZ
News for Kids' Book Clubs


This month, we're excited to announce the launch of  KidsBuzz, a bimonthly e-newsletter for youth book club facilitators featuring book giveaways and behind-the-scenes stories from top kids' and young adult authors.  You can read it online, and also sign up to receive future editions of  KidsBuzz.

Read KidsBuzz


NationalReading Group MonthOCTOBER IS NATIONAL READING GROUP MONTH
Events Planned in Ten Cities


The Women's National Book Association launches its third National Reading Group Month this October. Designed to promote reading groups and to celebrate the joys of reading, the organization is collaborating with readers, publishers, bookstores, libraries and organizations to sponsor events featuring favorite book club authors nationwide.

Festivities will include events with a host of favorite book club authors. These will take place across the nation in each of the Association's ten chapter cities: Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and the newly formed Charlotte, North Carolina chapter. We look forward to participating in the Boston event on October 22.
 
For information on National Reading Group Month events around the country visit the National Reading Group Month website.


 
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