Winter 2015




Our annual holiday gift guide features terrific gifts for avid readers. And you can enter giveaways to win these gifts!

Browse our book recommendations from book clubs around the country to find a title for your next meeting.

Emma Donoghue shared her delicious recipe and vision for Jack's Sixth-Birthday Cake with her stunning novel -- and now film Room --  in The Book Club Cookbook
. To celebrate the movie release, we're pleased to share it in this issue! 

Enter our current giveaways to win cookbooks and newly released fiction and nonfiction titles. Our November Buzzing About Books featured title, Kristina McMorris' The Edge of Lost, has a terrific new review in December's BookPage.

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

Happy holidays!

Judy and Vicki
Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp

Inspirational Ideas for Book Lovers 
Treat your book club, or the avid reader in your life, to one of these book-related gifts. You can win several of these items by entering our contest, below.

This handmade Book Initial Necklace features a silver plated pewter book charm and stainless steel initial pendant. A perfect gift for teachers, librarians, and readers of all sorts.

Spend teatime with C.S. Lewis, Rita Mae Brown, and Alice Hoffman! Each of 25 Novel Teas tea bags is tagged with a quote from a literary luminary on the comforts and delights of tea.

Chick-Lit Designs Book Phone/iPhone Flip Wallet Cases resemble your favorite classics -The Great Gatsby, Moby Dick, Lolita, and Alice in Wonderland. The high-quality leather case provides durable protection for your phone. A terrific gift -- and fashion statement -- for any bookworm.

Book Club Coasters from CheltenhamRoad incorporate vintage library due date cards (remember those?) The fun, colorful coasters feature classic children's books: Black Beauty, Anne of Green Gables, The Wizard of Oz and The Secret Garden.

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Transport yourself to Alice in Wonderland's madcap tea party, Sherlock Holmes' study, Jane Eyre's ambrosial rose garden, or an ivy-filled escape out of Pride & Prejudice with Callie Meaney's Literary Candles from UncommonGoods. Custom blended fragrances evoke the book's memorable moments as they ignite your imagination.

Book Club Cookbook current cover The revised edition of The Book Club Cookbook by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp (Penguin, 2012) pairs recipes with favorite book club reads, both current and classic. Whether it's Demetrie's Chocolate Pie with Kathryn Stockett's The Help or Roman Punch with The Age of Innocence, nothing spices up a book club meeting like great eats. A terrific hostess gift or holiday gift for your book club.

Win a personalized Book Initial Necklace, a packet of Novel Teas, or a Book Phone/iPhone Flip Wallet Case with a choice of design, in our giveaway contest. Submit an entry for each item you'd like to win by December 20, 2015.

Favorite Titles from Book Clubs

Curl up by the fire with one of these terrific suggestions from book clubs around the country.

Retired Teacher Readers of Cortland, New York, recommends:
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl (Penguin, 2006), Nonfiction, 352 pages

"This is a true account of some of Ruth Reichl's adventures as a restaurant critic for The New York Times. Fun to read and informative, it includes some wonderful recipes. Some of the questions we discussed include: How do women decide when to work and when to stay home? How was the author able to 'become' another person once she was in disguise?  Did the author's very unconventional upbringing make a difference in how she approached food, her enjoyment of exotic foods, and the way she wrote about the restaurants?
"This was one of our best discussions ever. And we loved being able to discuss the book while eating some of the foods mentioned in the book! We suggest (although it's too late for our group): When you meet to discuss this book, arrive in disguise, as Reichl did when she reviewed restaurants. How fun would that be?!"

Wine, Women and Words of Greater Boston, recommends:
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (Penguin, 2015), Fiction, 320 pages

"This novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio offered many social issues to discuss: racism, sexism, family secrets, shame, sexual orientation, affairs, grieving styles. We discussed Asian racism during the time period depicted in the novel as well as today. Other topics included how would it feel to be singled out as an outsider and whether it's better to be the ignored sibling, and parental expectations. It was one of our best discussions."

Served with: Ohio Buckeyes, Asian spring rolls, and foods mentioned in the novel including Stouffer's frozen dinner and Spaghettios

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
The Girl in the Italian Bakery by Kenneth Tingle

Emma Donoghue's Recipe for Room 

When we asked Emma Donoghue for a recipe to pair with her gripping novel-turned-movie, Room, she suggested Jack's Sixth-Birthday Cake, "a luscious devil's food cake, which [Ma] will stud all over with candies..." Although circumstances are grave when Jack turns five, Donoghue imagines that by the time he turns six, Jack will have "a host of friends to share his cake with."

Read more about Donoghue's thoughts on the Room recipe she chose for book clubs and get the recipe for Jack's Sixth-Birthday Cake.

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