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July, 2014

Greetings:

We introduce you to two debut novels for your book club:

-Restaurant critic Dave Lowry's Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves is a food caper about a young man who inadvertently becomes a Chinese chef. Lowry shares a Chinese chicken dish to savor with his book.
 
-Angela Pneuman tells the story of one unforgettable month in a Kentucky girl's thirteenth year in Lay It on My Heart.  A wine enthusiast, Pneuman offers her guide to pairing wine and literature.

Enjoy!

Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
info@bookclubcookbook.com

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Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves
by Dave Lowry

Fiction / 288 pages / Paperback

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
July, 2014

  

Dear Readers,

I wrote this book to warn of the potential threat in picking up strangers at New England highway rest stops, particularly when those strangers speak Mandarin and particularly if you plan a future in cooking in a Chinese restaurant in St. Louis, Missouri.

Seriously, I think it is a big problem in our country today and if ever you have been tempted to do it, I hope that by reading this book you will learn of the potential dangers involved.  You may disagree, but at least you will be informed on the subject.  And I'll consider my job done. You're welcome.

Cordially,

Dave Lowry
 
DAVE LOWRY IS GIVING AWAY 5 COPIES OF CHINESE
COOKING FOR DIAMOND THIEVES.  ENTER TO WIN A COPY.

DAVE LOWRY'S RECIPE FOR SANBEIJI (THREE CUPS CHICKEN)

About Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves:

A rollicking debut novel about a young man who gets kicked out of college, becomes a Chinese restaurant chef, and inadvertently gets in the middle of a Chinese gang's search for their stolen diamonds.  

 

Reviews of Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves:

"Lowry's wry debut combines a caper story with foodie culture in an entertaining mix . . . a zestful first novel."
-Publishers Weekly


"Lowry's fast-paced tale is reminiscent of Kurt Russell's Big Trouble in Little China, or an off-center Philip Marlowe from a Raymond Chandler story. That is, it's a chaotic, intriguing, and fun read that delivers quite a punch."
-Booklist    

 

To learn more, visit the publisher's website and Dave Lowry's website






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Lay It on My Heart
by Angela Pneuman
Fiction / 288 pages / Paperback
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
July, 2014 
 
Dear Reader,

I'm so happy to share Lay It on My Heart with you. It's a book that hits close to home, informed by my experience growing up in a small, rural, religious community in Kentucky. Sometimes when you write in the first-person, readers want to know if the events in the book are true. Only "did this happen" is usually not the best way to find the writer's connection to the story. The answer is usually no, as it is here. But ask if the priorities of the book are important to the writer, and the answer is usually a sure-hearted yes. The closeness of the mother-daughter bond; female friendships; the behavior of boys and girls, men and women, around sex in a restrictive environment; sincere intentions and their painful results; the phenomenon of "coming of age," which, if we're lucky, happens not once but over and over -- are all important to me. And the reason these things are important to me are deeply rooted in the facts of my own life.

Ultimately, I'm most curious about our bonds with each other, and how those bonds are reinforced or weakened by the stories we inherit or create to account for what we can't understand or know -- stories about god, about our family, about ourselves.

In trying to make sense of it all, I found myself adding another story of my own.

Angela Pneuman

ANGELA PNEUMAN IS GIVING AWAY 5 COPIES OF LAY IT ON MY HEART.  ENTER TO WIN A COPY.   

ANGELA'S PNEUMAN'S GUIDE TO WINE AND LITERATURE¬   

   

About Lay It on My Heart:

A wry, moving debut novel from a Stegner fellow and "one of the most gifted young writers around" (Lorrie Moore), Lay It on My Heart takes us through one unforgettable month in Charmaine Peake's thirteenth year as she comes to understand the complicated strength of mothers, the trials of faith, and the life-changing power of a true friend. 

Reviews of Lay It on My Heart: 
 
"Biting yet optimistic, this first novel will knock you sideways with its Southern charm and quiet humanity."
-O, The Oprah Magazine

To learn more, visit Angela Pneuman's website.

Angela Pneuman is available to speak to your book club by phone, Skype, or in person. Contact Angela through her publisher to arrange a discussion. 



 
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