November Book Club News


*New Titles, Menus, Recipes, and Giveaways

*Novel Noshes

*GalleyMatch Book Clubs Preview

*Book, TV, and Song Blends
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Apple honey cake and berry tarts cooling, vegetable soup simmering, lemon chicken roasting, Steak Marengo sautéing, limoncello cocktails stirred and ready. Cooking up authors' mouthwatering November book-inspired recipes has been a treat.

Author Naomi Alderman shares a recipe perfect for fall in her sci-fi thriller The Future—in our November Costco Connection book club feature.

Top it off with sweet pairings from the authors of Harry's Trees and My Murder, as requested by our readers.

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

Judy Gelman

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Authors' book-inspired recipes, menus, notes, and giveaways
November 7


Rhys Bowen



Lady Georgiana Rannoch is looking forward to her first ever turn as hostess for her very own house party when the festivities lead to murder.

November 14


Alli Webb

(Harper Horizon)


The Drybar founder invites readers into her world as an entrepreneur, a mother, and a partner, examining with humor and wisdom the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we learn to embrace the messiness of life.

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Authors' book-inspired menu and giveaway
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November 7


Rachel Hawkins

(St. Martin's Press)

Fiction / Thriller

From the author of The Wife Upstairs and Reckless Girls comes a deliciously wicked gothic suspense novel, set at an Italian villa with a dark history. F

November 7


Naomi Alderman

(Simon & Schuster) 

Science Fiction / Thriller 

A dazzling tour de force in which a handful of friends plot a daring heist to save the world from tech giants whose greed threatens life as we know it.

Costco Connection feature

November 14


Don Futterman

(Wicked Son)

Historical Fiction

A coming-of-age comedy set in New York in 1970— a story of friendship, betrayal, life, death, and acting.

November 14


Florence Reiss Kraut

(She Writes)

Historical Fiction

A suspenseful family saga, romance, and gangster tale set in Brooklyn's Jewish neighborhoods in the 1930s.

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

Thanks to authors Jon Cohen and Katie Williams who recently provided book club menus for our readers.

In Jon Cohen's novel Harry's Trees, a forester whose wife has died retreats to the mountains where he encounters young Oriana and her mother Amanda, also grieving a loss.

From Jon Cohen "Harry's Trees is a sweet tale —candy is integral to the plot. Young Oriana hides candy and cookies and slices of cake in the forest for a secret, poignant reason. A very specific brand of hidden candy brings Harry and Oriana together – a gold-wrapped mini Snickers. So, for your book club meeting, buy a bag and hide those little gold pieces around the room for members to find. Nothing is more fun than finding gold! The story takes place in the Endless Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. It’s a real place, and my wife and I used to own a farmhouse there. Every August, we’d go to the annual county fair. I’d study the people to get the rural rhythm and cadence of my characters just right. My wife studied the baked goods on display, and she came away with two recipes—lemon pound cake and snickerdoodles (crunchy version)—that have bee household favorites for years. Candy, cake, cookies – I want everybody to come out of the book club meeting with a giddy sugar-and-reading high!"

In Katie Williams' sci fi/mystery My Murder, the victim of a serial killer, seeks answers after she is brought back to life by cloning.

From Katie Wiliams “Being murdered and then cloned is stressful; one might be tempted to indulge. The novel features cocktails and many sweet pastries. The ambitious could bake the childhood birthday cake Lou remembers, shaped like a swan, 'a confectionary wonder, with white chocolate curls and coconut shavings for feathers.' A simpler bake would be the profiteroles Lou and Fern scheme over, the lemon bars the sleuthing Luminols (clones) make, or the cupcakes Lou's boss, Javier, brings when she returns to work, chocolate cupcakes with frosting that spelled 'Welcome' and vanilla cupcakes that spelled: 'Back,' so you had to have one of each.’ To wash down the sweets, Lou's drink is a gin and tonic. Fern's drink, which she orders because her previous self would hate it, is a Scotch."

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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