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Winter, 2013
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Book Clubs Recommend

Do You Use eReaders?

Favorite Holiday Recipes

Win The Unofficial Girls Guide

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HYSTERA
by Leora Skolkin-Smith


January
 
  SMITTEN BOOK CLUB
by Coble, Billerbeck,  Huner and Hunt



February
  
BREAD AND BUTTER
by Michelle Wildgen

COMING UP IN
BUZZING ABOUT BOOKS

January
 
WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND
by Ellen Marie Wiseman


Greetings,

In this issue, you'll find new book recommendations from book clubs, an author and a publisher, along with a roundup of a few favorite literary holiday recipes -- from Olive Kitteridge's Grandmother's Doughnuts to Julia Child's Boeuf Bourguignon.

How many of you use e-readers for book club? We share our survey results.

Our next question: what was your favorite book of 2013?
And a chance to win a copy of The Unofficial Girls Guide to New York -- a perfect gift for fans of HBO's Girls!

Happy Holidays!

Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
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BookRecs

BOOK CLUBS RECOMMEND
Reading Suggestions from Book Clubs


Words with Friends of Lebanon, Ohio, recommends:

 

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Ballantine, 2011), Fiction, 336 pages

 

"This novel is about Victoria, a girl who has grown up in many foster homes. She is emancipated from the foster care system at age eighteen and the book is about how she tries to make her way in the world on her own. Those of us who are teachers were struck by this book because we have all come across kids who have lacked a caring family or adult in their lives. In addition, the book is interesting for anyone who likes flowers because the symbolic meaning of flowers is a central theme in the book. We discussed the choices Victoria makes, the people who try to help her, and the various meanings of the flowers.  We had lots of good conversation about this book!" 


Dolen Perkins-Valdezauthor of Wench and the introduction for the Twelve Years a Slave hardcover edition recommends:   

 

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie (Knopf, 2013), Fiction, 496 pages


"The title of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah refers to a term used by some Nigerians to describe immigrants who have traveled to the United States and returned to Nigeria with American pretensions. The Americanah of the novel, Ifemelu, must navigate between her Nigerian cultural inheritances and her newfound American ideals. As Ifemelu struggles to find her place in the world, the reader is pulled into this journey with her. I, too, found myself examining my own cultural preconceptions. Who are we and what cultural signposts define us? What I love most about Adichie's third novel is her clarity and honesty as an author. Her insightful eye is unflinching, revealing an author who has become, with each book, more and more courageous. I urge you to read this book."    

 

More New Book Recommendations     

Including:

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
by George Packer
Home Front by Kristin Hannah 
The Rathbones by Janice Clark

SurveyQuestion

DO YOU USE
eReaders?
Our Survey Results 

Thanks to the many of you who responded about using electronic devices for your book club reading. According to the book club members who answered, 40% of their members read book club titles on electronic devices.  A few members weighed in on the pros and cons of eReaders:

"Half of our book club members have Kindles but do not like to get their book club selections on the device," commented LInda Hollis of Cherokee Village, Arkansas. "They want to go back and check passages in a real book."

"The fact that I can download free books gives me the opportunity to read genres I may never choose in book form," wrote Maryl Gavazzi of Grand Island, New York. "These books have opened my eyes to subjects I may have never found at the bookstore. I'm always looking for the 'next good read.'"

"While I enjoy the convenience of my reader, I find that for discussion purposes, the paper versions are easier to refer to later," wrote Peggy Posteraro of Merrick, New York. "Also, sometimes paper versions are cheaper than on Kindle."


HolidayRecipes

NOVEL HOLIDAY NOSHES


Vanilla Kipferls
To celebrate the holiday season we rounded up our favorite literature inspired holiday recipes -- from Glögg  to holiday cookies -- from authors and book clubs on
Glögg from Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Julia Child's Boeuf Bouguignon with My Life in France


Free Food for Millionaires

Markus Zusak's Vanilla Kipferls
from The Book Thief


The Night Circus

Gingersnaps with Christmas in Sugarcreek



UnofficialGirlsGuide

WIN A COPY OF THE UNOFFICIAL GIRLS GUIDE TO NEW YORK


Enter to win a copy of a gift for Girls fans:
The Unofficial Girls Guide to New York: Inside the Cafes, Clubs, and Neighborhoods of HBO's Girls. Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin's new travel guide takes you from Greenpoint to Greenwich Village, from Williamsburg to the Lower East Side and to many of New York's most distinctive neighborhoods, along with recipes, shopping tips, and more. It's the best way to visit Girls' New York (and beyond) or a perfect complement to a sightseeing trip.


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