February Book Club News


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Dan Dan noodles, margaritas, nut roasts, syllabub, and pumpkin rolls— you'll devour our February titles and authors' food pairings.

Top it off with book club menus from the authors of Hedge and The Family Reunion.

What are you reading and cooking? Please let us know.

Judy Gelman

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February  6


E.A. Aymar

(Thomas & Mercer)


A young couple fleeing a criminal family confronts a reluctant assassin in this heart-pounding thriller

February 6


Lyn Liao Butler

(Thomas & Mercer)

Mystery / Thriller

The search for a missing boy entwines the lives of two desperate women. One seeks redemption for her sister; the other will do anything for the love of her life.

February  27


Emilia Hart

(St. Martin's Press)


Weaving together the stories of three extraordinary women across five centuries, an enthralling novel about female resilience and the transformative power of the natural world.

Novel Noshes: Ask the Author
Authors Share Book-Inspired Fare

Thanks to authors Jane Delury and Karen King who recently provided book club menus for our readers.

Jane Delury's novel Hedge tells the story of a woman balancing the demands of motherhood and marriage with her own needs.

From Jane Delury: “I don’t want to inflict Maud’s mother’s cooking on anyone or I’d suggest an overcooked noodle casserole made with cream of mushroom soup! Instead, I recommend a cherry pie like the one Ella makes with the fresh cherries from the Montgomery Place orchard in the first part of Hedge. At Montgomery Place and Monk’s House, Maud and the girls have access to fresh fruit right outside their door and make jam regularly. So another alternative would be to serve fruit jam with scones as a nod to Maud’s life in England. In either case, I suggest the pie or scones be served with Irish breakfast tea since that’s Maud’s favorite. This isn’t mentioned in the novel, but I know it about her! I hope you enjoy Hedge."

Karen King's The Famiy Reunion is a novel of psychological suspense about Mary, who abandoned a baby as a teenager–and reconnects with her.

From Karen King: “Cake features quite a lot in The Family Reunion. Mary’s grandson Connor makes a chocolate fudge cake when she goes to visit, Cathy brings her a walnut cake (Mary’s favorite), Mary makes a chocolate sponge cake when Cathy brings Hannah to meet her (Hannah’s favorite), Cathy takes a fruit cake to the cottage where they all stay to celebrate Mary’s birthday, and they have lemon meringue for dessert one day too.

I love cake, don’t we all? So I think that any (or all!) of those cakes would be ideal for a book club menu, along with coffee or tea or even a glass of wine which Joanne drinks a lot of—but who wouldn’t, if they were married to Damien? So I suggest lots of different cakes, with a slab of ice cream or pot of cream for that extra treat.”

Have a question for an author about a recipe, book club food pairing, or food reference? Contact us. Also, see Novel Noshes menu ideas from authors and book club, and Featured Author Recipes.
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