April Book Club News


*New Titles, Menus, Recipes, and Giveaways

*Novel Noshes

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Pomaikai Poke, pot roast, fried chicken, sheet cake, Shakshouka, crepes, and tagine, April reading offers a variety of delicious literary food pairings!

Top it off with book club menus from the authors of Mr. Dickens and His Carol and The Music of Bees.

Our April Costco Connection author spotlight introduces you to Douglas Westerbeke, author of A Short Walk Through a Wide World, a story about discovering meaning in a life that seems otherwise impossible, 

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

Judy Gelman



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

April 1


Lisa Gardner

(Grand Central)

Mystery/ Thriller

Frankie Elkin is an expert at finding the missing persons that the rest of the world has forgotten, but even she couldn’t have anticipated this latest request—to locate the long-lost sister of a female serial killer facing execution in three weeks’ time.    

April 2


Douglas Westerbeke

(Avid Reader Press)

Fantasy / Magical Realism

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue meets Life of Pi in this debut that charts the incredible, adventurous life of one woman as she journeys the globe trying to outrun a mysterious curse that will destroy her if she stops moving.

April 16


David Baldacci

(Grand Central)

Mystery / Historical Fiction

Set in 1968 in southern Virginia, a racially-charged murder case sets a duo of white and Black lawyers against a deeply unfair system as they work to defend their wrongfully accused Black defendants in this courtroom drama.

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Authors Share Book-Inspired Fare

Thanks to authors Samantha Silva and Eileen Garvin and who recently shared book club menus for our readers.

Samantha Silva's Mr. Dickens and His Carol reimagines the story behind Charles Dickens’s Christmas classic.

From Samantha Silva: "I have it on good authority that Charles and Catherine Dickens were enthusiastic party-throwers throughout their marriage (at least the happy years), and Christmas time was a favorite. The more guests, the longer the menu. ‘A Five o’clock Christmas gathering at Devonshire Terrace’ might include assorted sandwiches or canapés and a Christmas cake —think traditional English liquor-soaked fruitcake or a slightly lighter, crumblier ‘Whisky Dundee’, which Catherine, being Scottish, might have liked. Serve it with a Victorian Shrub —a Rum Punch. If you can mix it and let it sit for two days, all the better. Another twelve days is best! ‘God Bless Us, Everyone!’”

In Eileen Garvin's novel The Music of Bees, three lonely strangers in a rural town working through grief and life's curveballs, are brought together on a local honeybee farm where they find surprising friendship and healing.

From Eileen Garvin: “Like Alice Holtzman, one of the main characters in The Music of Bees, I am a beekeeper. Unlike Alice, I only have three hives at most. A typical hive can produce about eight gallons of honey per season. People often ask me what I do with all that honey. Sometimes I save it and give it back to the bees in spring. Sometimes I give it to friends and family. Often, I stash it away in my cupboard because I love to eat it. I take honey in my coffee, and I enjoy cooking with it. This recipe is one of my favorites for Spring. The honey-lemon vinaigrette is a sweet burst of sunshine after the long winter. Enjoy!

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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