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BUZZING ABOUT BOOKS
BRIDGE OF SCARLET LEAVES
by Kristina McMorris
ACCIDENTS OF PROVIDENCE
by Stacia M. Brown
THE HOUSE AT SEA'S END
by Elly Griffiths
OUR MAN IN THE DARK
by Rashad Harrison
Whether you're looking for holiday gifts or selecting new books for your group, you'll be inspired by new book club recommendations
for mystery, non fiction, and fiction from book clubs from California to New Jersey.
How do book clubs celebrate the holidays? We asked book clubs to share their holiday traditions
and we compiled their ideas -- from holiday-themed reading to donations to book swaps.Table of Contents,
featuring recipes from fifty popular authors, makes a great gift for a book or food lover. And the revised edition of The Book Club Cookbook
is due out this winter!
Looking for a new e-book for your group? Check out our new e-book giveaway for Too Jewish.
Also enter to win a copy of Judy's new release, The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook.
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Have a happy, healthy holiday season.Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Kruppinfo@bookclubcookbook.combookclubcookbook.comtableofcontentsbook.com
BOOK CLUB HOLIDAY TRADITIONS
Ideas from Book Groups for Your December Meeting
We've learned from conversations with book clubs across America that groups celebrate the holidays with varied traditions, from charitable donations to cookie exchanges, from book swaps to book-themed meals. We're inspired by the enthusiasm and creativity of these groups and hope you will be, too.
HOLIDAY-THEMED READING AND COOKIE EXCHANGE Ladies of Autumnwood Book Club
Grand Island, New York
"Each November we read a book relating to Christmas (such as Skipping Christmas by John Grisham and Dashing Through the Snow by Mary Higgins Clark). As with all our meetings, we incorporate the essence of the food that's depicted in the pages of the book.
"For Skipping Christmas, we dined on personal sized pizzas (as a contrast to the normal Christmas dinner). For Dashing Through the Snow, the hostess decided to prepare several dishes using the items found near the register at a supermarket (the winners of the lottery in the story worked together at a supermarket).
"Also, at this early December meeting, we have a cookie exchange. We each bring a dozen cookies (one for each participant), packaged with the recipe, and an extra dozen to share at the host's home. She serves liquid refreshment and we get to sample the goodies we'll be taking home. Everyone takes home a dozen cookies from each of our members to enjoy over the holidays. It's a great way to have a variety of goodies while baking only once!"
More Book Club Holiday Traditions
BOOK CLUBS RECOMMEND
Reading Suggestions from Book Clubs
More New Book Recommendations
The Bookies of Brainerd, Minnesota, recommend:
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, 2010), Fiction, 336 pages
"This story involves a young female journalist during World War II and a postmistress who comes across a bit of information she is supposed to deliver, but chooses to delay. We had a wonderful and engaging discussion about media and the news of the war on the radio versus modern communication (Facebook, Twitter, email and cell phones). We discussed how news during World War II came mainly from the radio, and we wondered if that news seemed more real and powerful than today's news given today's media over-saturation."
Paired with: "Our meal theme was centered around the 1940s and the War. Meat was a rare thing to have at a meal, and if you did have it, you raised it (such as chicken). Along with chicken, we had popular company foods such as a potato chip-tuna casserole, Jello casserole, and open face finger sandwiches."
Azim's Bardo: A Father's Journey from Murder to Forgiveness by Azim Khamisa
Claude & Camille by Stephanie Cowell
Faithful Place by Tana French
The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family Exodus From Old Cairo to the New World by Lucette Lagnado
My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen
Too Jewish by Patty Friedmann
Win copies of the e-book, Too Jewish by Patty Friedmann for your book club. Patty Friedmann has written seven darkly comic novels -- and finally she draws on the autobiographical material that made it all possible.
Too Jewish (BooksBNimble, 2010) tells a story much like the central tale of her young life: her father suffered from survivor guilt, all the while trying to make his way in a hostile society. Like Patty's father, protagonist Bernie Cooper escapes Nazi Germany, leaving his mother behind, then tries to make a life for himself with a wealthy, thoroughly assimilated Jewish girl in the Deep South. But suddenly, snobberies he couldn't even have guessed at are set in motion. It seems Letty's prominent Jewish parents hate him for being...too Jewish! Too Jewish is a bittersweet love story told in three novellas, each from the point of view of one member of the Cooper family.
Enter to win copies of this e-book for your entire book group; 20 groups will win!
Enter to Win Too Jewish e-book
THE UNOFFICIAL MAD MEN COOKBOOK
The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook (Benbella, November, 2011) by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin is the definitive guide to the food and drink featured in the hit television show Mad Men. Serving up more than 70 authentic recipes from the kitchens, restaurants and bars seen on Mad Men -- each with a connection to a specific Mad Men episode -- The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook is a gastronomic timepiece that takes readers back to the culinary world of mid-20th century America.
We're giving away two copies of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook. Enter below to win!