May 1, 2018
Book Club Daily
Featuring giveaways and book-inspired menu ideas from authors

May brings new fiction, memoir, and an essay collection. Food writers and chefs share stories about trailblazing African-American chef and author Edna Lewis, and an award-winning novel, now in paperback, tells the story of an undocumented Chinese immigrant who disappears, leaving her son behind. Sweetbitter  will take you behind the scenes of New York City's elite restaurants, and you can see the miniseries premiering on STARZ this month.

You'll also find humorous fiction about a Manhattanite mother and the allure of Broadway (along with a recipe pairing from a New York restaurant), a novel about a family facing uncomfortable truths of their mother's final days, a coming-of-age memoir set in the Philippines, a mystery set in Nantucket, and stay tuned for our first jewelry pairing and giveaway!

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Enjoy!

Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
MAY BOOK CLUB PICKS
LIMELIGHT
Amy Poeppel
Emily Bestler Books/Atria
Humorous Fiction
An incisive, uproarious, and heartfelt story about the allure of Broadway and the magic of New York City, as a new Manhattanite and mother of three finds an unexpected opportunity that she’s perfectly suited for, but that just might turn her—and her family’s—world upside down. 
THE SEASONAIRES
Janna King
Pegasus Books
Fiction / Mystery
There’s more than meets the eye in the “perfect” life of a seasonaire as one Nantucket summer spirals dangerously out of control for six young, attractive twenty somethings working as brand ambassadors for a clothing brand. 
SWEETBITTER
Stephanie Danler
Vintage Books
Fiction
Newly arrived in New York City, twenty-two-year-old Tess lands a job working front of house at a celebrated downtown restaurant. What follows is her education: in champagne and cocaine, love and lust, dive bars and fine dining rooms, as she learns to navigate the chaotic, enchanting, punishing life she has chosen. 
MONSOON MANSION
Cinelle Barnes
Little A
Memoir
A harrowing yet triumphant coming-of-age memoir exploring the dark, troubled waters of a family's rise and fall from grace in the Philippines.
THE LEAVERS
Lisa Ko
Algonquin Books
Fiction
Left on his own at age 11, Deming Guo is adopted by two white college professors who move him from his hometown and rename him Daniel Wilkinson. Far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.
I LIKED MY LIFE
Abby Fabiaschi
St. Martin's Griffin
Fiction
After a devoted wife and mother commits suicide, her husband and teenage daughter come face-to-face with uncomfortable truths as they sift through the details of her final days. Meanwhile, from beyond, the deceased struggles to make things right for the family she left behind.
EDNA LEWIS: AT THE TABLE
WITH AN AMERICAN ORIGINAL
Sara Franklin, ed.
University of North Carolina Press
Nonfiction
Food world stars gather in this unprecedented critical appreciation to reveal their own encounters with trailblazing chef Edna Lewis, who wrote some of America's most resonant, evocative, and significant cookbooks ever, including the now classic  The Taste of Country Cooking.
BOOK CLUB OF THE MONTH:
The Brooklyn Bookworm Book Club

The BKBW book club was formed in 2012 as a way to foster relationships and build community among individuals new to New York City. Pictured here at their discussion of Red Clocks by Leni Zumas, the group has grown to 60 active members in their mid-twenties and thirties from all professional backgrounds. Meetings are held monthly at different members' homes and books are voted on each month. Favorite titles include all about love by bell hooks, Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, and Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho.
MARK SULLIVAN'S SICILIAN BROCCOLI AND SAUSAGE

Author Mark Sullivan shares a recipe from his wife's Italian grandmother. He tells us it appears in his novel, Beneath a Scarlet Sky , because "it's my favorite peasant dish, and a favorite of my character, Pino Lella."
AMY POEPPEL'S GOAT CHEESE PHYLLO TORTES FROM PASCALOU

These warm Goat Cheese Phyllo Tortes come from one of the author's favorite New York City bistros, and pair beautifully with Limelight, her heartfelt story about the allure of Broadway.

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