Fall 2015
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Thanks to those who shared their most inspirational book club reads, we have terrific new reading suggestions.

Mark your calendar! Our fall is giveaway-packed with top new releases in fiction, non fiction and cookbooks.

The Book Club Cookbook Cooking Project, a year-long blogger event exploring books featured in The Book Club Cookbook, has launched. Learn how you can follow along or participate.

Shake up a New Jersey Automobile Cocktail with the recipe from author Amy Stewart paired with her novel Girl Waits with Gun-and enter to win a copy!

As always, please tell us what your book club is reading and eating.

Happy fall!

Judy and Vicki
Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp


We asked for titles that inspired great discussion in your book clubs, and you responded! In this and future issues, we happily share your recommendations.

Book Friends of Cedar Falls, Iowa, recommends:
A Soft Place to Land by Susan Rebecca White (Touchstone, 2010), Fiction, 352 pages

"This book has it all: sisters, friends, locations, romance, adventure, intrigue. But most of all it causes readers to wonder the whys and what ifs of life itself. Susan Rebecca White gives readers two teen sisters suddenly orphaned by a small plane accident that occurs when their parents take a rare getaway vacation. The two, always inseparable, become everything to one another and then are split to different families, distant states as required by the parents' will.

"The younger rule-follower goes to freestyle loving parents in California, while the older rebel lands with somewhat fanatical Christian relatives in Georgia. Distance and circumstance build walls between the girls as they grow up and navigate separate journeys through difficult lives, and addiction and misunderstanding threaten to turn the sisters into strangers."

TriniReads of East Amherst, New York, recommends:
The Children Act by Ian McEwan (Nan A. Talese, 2014), Fiction, 240 pages

"This slim novel is a powerful story about the choices we make and how our decisions tilt our world. When the main character, a family court judge, is stunned by her husband's confession, her ordered world takes a turn and she is forced to confront the messiness of adult life, all as she faces a troubling, sensitive case in her courtroom. How the two worlds converge is the crux of this expertly crafted tale.  

"The layers in the plot afford great discussion on events and passages in our lives that all of us experience on some level. The characters are well-drawn and their struggles believable. We talked about how hard it is for some children who seemed destined to fail and what it takes to turn your life around if you do not have good role models.  The book also involves an unsolved kidnapping of a child on his way to the local pool and how people coped with this tragedy.  The joy of this book is in the narrator finally seeing his life was going nowhere and the steps he took to change course."

More new book recommendations, including:

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
Canada by Richard Ford
A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amoz Oz

Thank you WMF Americas, for providing Vino Foil Wine Cutters for these book clubs!



Top New Releases:  Fiction, Nonfiction and Cookbooks

October Book Club Buzz
Fall brings a crop of great new releases and we have many of them to give away!

Look for our October and November Book Club Buzz Giveaways (with recipes):  The Confederacy of Dunces C
November Book Club Buzz
ookbook and Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway.

You can win many of the most anticipated fall cookbooks. These include Jacques Pepin's Heart and Soul in the Kitchen, Duff Goldman's Duff Bakes, Alana Chernila's Homemade Kitchen, Tracey Zabar's Chocolate Chip Sweets,  Lebanese Home Cooking by Kamal Mouzawak, The Chef Next Door by Amanda Freitag, Cooking Like a Master Chef by Graham Elliott, and
Magnus Nilsson's Nordic Cookbook.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for the latest giveaways.  

The Book Club Cookbook Cooking Project 

Interpreter of Maladies
Camilla Mann of Culinary Adventures with Camilla and eleven bloggers have launched a year-long exploration of recipes from The Book Club Cookbook, including their own culinary creations from each literary selection. The project kicked off with recipes inspired by Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, followed
A Walk in the Woods
by Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods The September pick is Ernest Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying. Follow on social media with the hashtag #thebookclubcookbookCC.

You'll find the round up blogs on our event page.

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