Book Clubs


You might like to dress 1940s style as we did recently, and make recipes from the book. Each of us took along a dish and our menu included Borscht, Lemon Sole, Turnip Top Salad, Gingerbread and Carrot Cookies!


Suggested questions for book clubs and groups:

  • How did the book affect you?
  • Discuss the style and what you liked or disliked about how it was written.
  • What do you think worked/didn’t work?
  • How successful was the author in evoking a sense of place and time?
  • What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?
  • What specific themes did the author emphasize throughout the novel? What do you think he or she is trying to get across to the reader?
  • Do the characters seem real and believable? Can you relate to their predicaments?
  • How do the characters change or evolve throughout the course of the story? What events trigger such changes?
  • Is the ending satisfying? If so, why? If not, why not…and how would you change it?
  • If you could ask the author a question, what would you ask? Does this book inspire you to read others?
  • Has this novel changed you—broadened your perspective? Have you learned something new or been exposed to different ideas about people or a certain part of the world or history?

And don’t forget to see the recipe pages at the back of the novel, or chose one from the recipe page on this web site, to make and share with your book group friends!

If you really want to go the whole hog and evoke a 1940s atmosphere with some background music then try getting some of the following acts on your playlist: Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey, Billie Holliday, Guy Lombardo, Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Benny Goodman Orchestra, Judy garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington and Gene Autry.

Thanks to Tina Cook and on ideas for questions