May 2019
May Book Club News

May titles include two of the season’s most talked about memoirs – both with culinary themes: a coming-of-age story from a young black chef, and a love story set against the backdrop of the Sicilian countryside. In new fiction: an inventive novel influenced by the place gingerbread holds in classic children's stories, historical fiction offering a glimpse of life in pre-war Berlin, the thrilling sequel to last year’s “beach read of the summer," and a humorous novel about a mother’s “momspringa” – her time to recharge and discover.
Enter to win a copy of Juliette Fay's City of Flickering Light , a novel that transports readers to the Golden Age of Hollywood and the raucous Roaring Twenties. Enter giveaway by May 8.

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Book Club Daily
Featuring giveaways and book-inspired menu ideas from authors
 Jillian Cantor
Harper Perennial
Historical Fiction
A sweeping historical novel that spans Germany, England, and the United States and follows a young couple torn apart by circumstance leading up to World War II—and the family secret that may prove to be the means for survival.
FROM SCRATCH: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home
Tembi Locke
Simon & Schuster
A poignant and transporting cross-cultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside, where one woman discovers the healing powers of food and family in her darkest hour.
 Kelly Harms
Lake Union Publishing
Overworked and underappreciated, single mom Amy Byler needs a break. So when the guilt-ridden husband who abandoned her shows up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer, she accepts his offer and escapes rural Pennsylvania for New York City.
 Janna King
Pegasus Books
The thrilling follow-up to last year's hottest beach read, MALIBU BLUFF follows a fresh group of seasonaires as they hit the California coast to promote fashion mogul Lyndon Wyld’s eponymous clothing line.
 Helen Oyeyemi
Riverhead Books
A delightful tale from the author of Boy, Snow, Bird of a surprising family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe.
 Kwame Onwuachi with Joshua David Stein
Alfred A. Knopf
In this inspiring memoir about the intersection of race, fame, and food, Kwame Onwuachi shares the remarkable story of his culinary coming-of-age.
Book Club Tips
Successful Video Chats with Authors
Have you ever wished an author could join in on your book club meeting? Conversations with authors give readers the chance to learn about the writer’s inspiration and writing process, her surprises or challenges, how she crafted characters or researched the book’s time period, and so much more. And authors love interacting with book club members and hearing reactions to their work.

Book club members and authors shared tips on orchestrating successful video chats.
In advance:
Make sure everyone reads the book! Ask members to prepare questions ahead of time and submit them to a facilitator who edits and organizes them. Author Jillian Cantor suggests having approximately 5-7 questions on hand when the chat begins.

Make sure you have confirmed the correct date, time and time zone with the author.
Agree on a timeframe with the author; generally 30-45 minutes works well. This should allow enough time for prepared as well as spontaneous questions.

Ask if the author would like to start the conversation, or have the book club begin. Author Eugenia Kim starts with a 5-minute talk about how the book came about or a slide presentation that she says helps to open the discussion and generates questions.

Tech Check:
Set up and test the Internet connection and sound system before your meeting. Author Angie Kim suggests arranging a demo run with the author and the book club member whose computer will be used. Locate the computer monitor or screen

GalleyMatch Book Clubs Suggest
Book clubs shared their thoughts on titles they've previewed through GalleyMatch.
Book Club of Frankfort, Illinois:

MIRACLE CREEK by Angie Kim (Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 2019)
“It was a perfect match in terms of topics, themes and writing style, and so interesting to be able to talk to the author, Angie Kim and hear more about her back story and writing process."  READ MORE

Get Woke Book Club of New Prague, Minnesota:
FIGHT LIKE A MOTHER: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World by Shannon Watts (HarperOne, 2019)
“There is no book more appropriate or meaningful for a book group of women activists."
Cork & Olive Book Club of Valrico, Florida:
ME FOR YOU by Lolly Winston (Gallery, 2019)
“We discussed the difference in how mental health was perceived in this book versus how it was thought of in another recent read ( The Key by Kathryn Hughes)." READ MORE
Cork & Olive Book Club of Valrico, Florida display
galleys of Me for You by Lolly Winston
Get Woke Book Club of New Prague, Minnesota discuss Fight Like a Mother by Shannon Watts
ABC: A Book Club of NorthEast, Pennsylvania:
THE AGE OF LIGHT by Whitney Scharer (Little Brown, 2019)
The story of Vogue model turned renowned photographer Lee Miller.
"We enjoy historical fiction and THE AGE OF LIGHT was a perfect title in so many ways"

North Wales Area Library Cookbook Club, Ohio:
THE BRISKET CHRONICLES: How to Barbecue, Braise, Smoke, and Cure the World's Most Versatile Cut of Meat by Steven Raichlen (Workman, 2019)
“We made two types of ‘traditional’ brisket, baked beans and cookies from recipes in the the cookbook and members provided side dishes to make a delicious experience." READ MORE

Mish Mash Book Club of Howell, Michigan:

A WOMAN IS NO MAN by Etaf Rum (HarperBooks, 2019)
“Our book club is outside of Dearborn, Michigan, the largest Middle Eastern community outside of the Middle East, and welcomed the opportunity to read something from a Palestinian perspective, often not represented in Muslim fiction."
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