BOOK CLUB BUZZ CONTESTS
SWEET DATES IN BASRA
by Jessica Jiji
by Jenna Blum
Looking for culinary inspiration for your book club? A group in Austin, Texas, created a thematic feast to spice up their discussion of Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. Have you devised any delectable dishes to pair with a reading selection for your book club? If so, tell us about it.
Groups from across the country have shared a variety of new reading suggestions. Please take a moment to tell us about your book club's favorite reading this year.
Check out our latest Author Recipes for dishes that connect with their books, such as Ann Mah's Salt and Pepper Shrimp with Herb Salad paired with her novel Kitchen Chinese, the story of a young
Chinese-American woman who travels to Beijing to discover food, family and
Authors in our Choose a Book - Invite an Author program share news about their new releases. New titles in the upcoming Book Club Buzz contests include Jessica Jiji's Sweet Dates in Basra and Jenna Blum's The Stormchasers. Remember to enter our current contest to win a copy of Pam Jenoff's Almost Home.
Happy Reading and Bon Appétit!
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
Lyres Book Club of San Fernando Valley, California, recommends:
Love Strong by
Matthew Aaron Goodman (Touchstone, 2009), Fiction, 368 pages
Goodman's debut novel, Hold Love Strong
is a coming of age story set in a New
York housing project. Abraham Singleton was born on the bathroom floor
to a thirteen-year old unwed mother in 1982. We watch Abraham grow and struggle with
the realities that are his life. We also know that Abraham understands the
opportunities contained in education, loyalty and personal expression. This is
an underdog story told in the first person voice of this sensitive and
perceptive young man. It is beautifully written and was unanimously well
received by our reading group. The author was gracious enough to
join us by speakerphone."
A pot luck dinner with dishes unique to New York or food that was
specifically mentioned in the story. Our menu included: Waldorf Salad, New York
Deli Style Potato Salad, Crack Pie, Fried Chicken, Macaroni and Cheese, and our
featured cocktail, The Brooklyn Bomber
More New Book Recommendations
The Cellist of Sarajevo by
Durable Goods by Elizabeth
The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History
by Robert D. Kaplan
The Rock Orchard by Paula Wall
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Culinary Creations from Book Clubs
Cathy Heck of Austin, Texas, shares her creative "Coast of Maine" themed dinner that she prepared for her book club when they discussed Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge.
Heck devised "a book club dinner menu which might have been prepared in Crosby, Maine, but was easily gathered in Texas." Her group enjoyed:
- Olive's Abrasive Yet Tender Olives
- Mother of the Groom Shrimp Appetizer
- Olive's Clam Chowdah
- Schoolteacher Salad with Maine Blueberries
- Olive's Big and Blunt Baguette
- Basket of Trips Blueberry Crisps
For details on her dishes -- and cuisine toppers, which she inscribes with her clever dish titles -- see Cathy's blog
Has your book club planned a thematic meal? Share it
with fellow book club members in Book Bytes.
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 members
Pam Jenoff, Almost Home
Tara Masih, Where the Dog Star Never Glows: Stories
NEW AND UPCOMING RELEASES
March: Barbara Delinsky, More Than Friends
May: Lynne Hinton, Wedding Cake (the fifth installment in the Hope Springs series).
Tara Masih, Where the Dog Star Never Glows: Stories was selected as the Jane's Stories Press Foundation Recommended Read for March.