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Summer,  2010


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October 1

The Recipe Club

by Andrea Israel and Nancy Garfinkel

October 15

Susan Kuklin

by Rachel Hauck




We asked for your book / menu pairing ideas, and you responded!  Several groups sent us fabulous menus paired with their reading selections.  These thematic feasts will make your mouth water - and hopefully inspire your own group to culinary greatness. 

Looking for summer reading ideas?  Browse our latest book recommendations from groups across the country.   Please take a moment to tell us about your book club's favorite reading this year.

We're excited to announce the launch of Buzzing About Books, a newsletter that introduces new and upcoming titles to readers.  Look for our first issue in July.

Browse our Guest Author Blog for insights from your favorite authors, including Jennie Shortridge, Jenna Blum, and upcoming bloggers Heather Barbieri and A. Manette Ansay.

Authors in our Choose a Book - Invite an Author program share news about their new releases. Remember to enter our current contest to win a copy of Rita Golden Gelman's Female Nomad and Friends. 

Female Nomad and Friends

Happy Reading and Bon Appétit!

Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp


Reading Suggestions from Book Clubs

The Wine Drinkers Book Club of West Salem, Wisconsin, recommends:

Half Broke horsesHalf Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls (Scribner, 2010), Fiction, 304 pages
" The old West is often portrayed as the bastion of strong men, and the women that loved them. In Half Broke Horses, author Jeanette Walls takes a collection of her grandmother's history and reminiscences, and shows how the West was really won.  The book is referred to as a 'true-life novel.' This is the story of a woman that fought to be educated, to be independent of her parents, while building her own family with a foundation of determination and intelligence. 
"Half Broke Horses is a well-paced read, with often witty anecdotes and plenty to interest a group discussion. The Wine Drinkers' Book Club discussed how living close to the edge in the West was a way of life in the late 1800s and early 1900s. When self-reliance is a necessity, it develops a very single-minded focus on survival. We also spoke about the process and thinking of the granddaughter as she took her grandmother's stories and created a book -- what it meant to her, how much of it was family folklore versus fact, and how much was fiction.
"A half-broke horse is one that isn't fully broken, creating a horse that is very untrusting of people.  For the group, the book also begged the question: is there anything worth doing only halfway? And, is it better to do nothing or do it only halfway?"

More New Book Recommendations


Shanghai Girls
by Lisa See
Almost Home
by Pam Jenoff
Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents
by Marty Essen 
by Paul Harding
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
Where the Dog Star Never Glows by Tara L. Masih

Culinary Creations from Book Clubs

The Ladies of Autumnwood 
Ladies of Autumnwood
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See, set in ancient China, inspired The Ladies of Autumnwood of Grand Island, New York, to dine on take-out Chinese.   On the menu: wonton soup, spring rolls, pork pot stickers, beef and broccoli, sweet and sour chicken, and Chinese vegetables, and for dessert, almond cookieschopsticks and fortune cookies. Maryl Gavazzi, who hosted the meeting, says, "I served a plum wine to complement the dishes and Chinese black tea. To commemorate the event, I bought 'cheater' chopsticks and made sleeves for them. (You will notice them on the picture of my table setting.)"

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Several groups shared with us their menu pairing ideas for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, set on a British island at the close of World War II.  The snacks served by Carol Travis Tucker's group, WINONO (Women In Need Of a Night Out) of Cranston, Rhode Island, were among the most creative:

"Our hostess placed six tiny cupcake paper cups into small rectangular shaped aluminum pans, and filled each cup with nuts, raisins, different cheeses, etc.  She labeled them:
 + Red Cross Emergency Rations +
Our hostess tried to use what she already had around the house (as if her resources were scarce) for her table decorations -- a plain piece of fabric for the tablecloth and a runner made from leftover brown and tan wrapping paper, and little French butter dishes and Wedgwood trinket boxes in reference to the history of the island.  We dined on salmon and roasted root vegetables." 

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Has your book club planned a thematic meal? Share it with fellow book club members in Book Bytes.  And go to Novel Noshes for more wonderful menus pairings from book clubs across the country.

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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 member Barry Pollack

He joins our existing roster of terrific writers, including Erica Bauermeister, Alison Larkin, Scott Gac, and many others.


May:  Jacquelyn Mitchard, No Time To Wave Goodbye (paperback)


Air Time by Hank Philippi Ryan was nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Mystery of 2009 and the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original of 2009.

When She Flew by Jennie Shortridge, inspired by the true story of a Vietnam vet raising his daughter in the woods, has been optioned for a feature film by Gruskoff/Venture Films in Hollywood. 

The English American
audio book, narrated by author Alison Larkin, reached  #2 on Audible's top twenty Author Narrations of all time.

Introducing New and Upcoming Titles


We can't wait to unveil our new newsletter, Buzzing About Books.  Each issue introduces new or upcoming titles, with letters from the author, book reviews, links, giveaways, and more.  Our first issue will arrive in your email box on July 1.  We'd love to know what you think!

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