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May's reading selections serve up a delightful array of literary food pairings, ranging from arepas in Bogotá, Colombia, to fish tacos on the Oregon coast, to gelato in Rome.

Top it off with book club menus from the authors of The Wife Before and The Second Life of Mirielle West.

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

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May 14


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Tarah DeWitt

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Sage and Fisher make a pact to win a small-town competition while discovering romance and healing.

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May 14


Linda Moore

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An art gallery owner battles a money laundering scheme in 1990s Bogotá to save her family and gallery from financial ruin in this literary thriller.

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Authors Amanda Skenandore and Shanora Williams recently shared book club menus for our readers.

Amanda Skenandore's novel The Second Life of Mirielle West, tells the story of a silent film star's wife who abruptly crumbles when she’s forcibly quarantined at the Carville Lepers Home.

From Amanda Skenadore: "Pecan trees were scattered about the grounds of Carville. Patients would gather them to eat in the fall when the nuts dropped. So any dish with pecans—pecan pie, pecan chicken salad, banana nut bread—would tie in with the book. Foods Mirielle and the other characters would have found at the canteen could also make a fun book club addition. Coca-Cola (in glass bottles), Charleston Chews, Hershey’s Chocolate Bars, Cracker Jacks, and Oh Henry! bars are a few mentioned in the novel. Other candies that were around in the 1920s include Tootsie Rolls, Bit-O-Honeys, Gummy Bears, Baby Ruths, Abba-Zabas, and Double Bubble chewing gum.”

In The Wife Before Shanora Williams delves into the story of a new bride whose fairytale marriage becomes a prison of secrets.

From Shanora Williams: "I think the moment Samira and Roland meet is important. It happens at this lavish party hosted by one of the richest women of Miami where they have drinks flowing, a mention of a dessert bar, and hors d’oeuvres. So perhaps wine/champagne, pinwheel sandwiches —or if you want to get fancy—bruschetta with a topping like tomato and cheese— and cake pops, cupcakes, or macarons could work. If alcohol is out of the question, they also drank tea often—any kind would be okay—my fave is chamomile and green tea. Small bites that appear classy would pair well with my novel.”

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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