Monday, March 1, 2010

Librarians and Friends Fiction book club March topic - fiction with a food theme - March 17 from 6-7 pm

The book club will hold its March meeting on Wednesday, March 17. The time is from 6-7pm and the location will be at VNS Group, 805 15th Street, NW, Suite 100-14. It is right near the Macpherson metro exit. Our host will be Vesselina Stoytcheva.  I have included some possible reads for you below. There are a lot of books with a food theme so it shouldn't be too hard to find something that suits your interests. Join us and tell us about what you found.

Scarlet Feather, Maeve Binchy,(2001)

Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather hope to take Dublin by storm with their new catering company but not everyone shares their enthusiasm. Cathy's mother-in-law disapproves of her new hobby, while Cathy's husband buries himself in his legal work. Tom's ambitious girlfriend struggles with her career and Tom's family expects him to follow in his father's footsteps.

Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, With Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies, Laura Esquivel, (1992)

The classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy. While still in her mother's womb, her daughter weeps so violently she causes an early labor and is born amidst the spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life and the child, Tita, grows up to be a master chef. She shares special points of her favorite preparations with listeners throughout the story.

Beat Until Stiff, Claire Johnson, (2002)
Cranky Mary Ryan has sunk a lot of time and talent into the in-vogue American Fare, the town's hottest spot, while grieving over her broken marriage. At work very early one morning, she steps on a laundry bag stuffed with the dead body of one of her employees. The investigation soon exposes all the dirty secrets that the food business would like to keep secret.

Death Dines In, (2004)

This collection of stories that mix crime and cuisine features 16 acclaimed mystery authors who serve up suspenseful tales with all-new recipes. Includes works by Carol Nelson Douglas, Lyn Hamilton, Claudia Bishop, Donna Andrews, Rhys Bowen and others. Each story comes with its own recipe


As always, a list of books that were read on our most recent topic - librarians in fiction - is below.

  • Lethal Legacy by Linda Fairstein - involves the New York public library in the story. 
  • The Aurora Teagarden series by Charlaine Harris - involves a public librarian who in the first book is a member of a club that discusses well-known murders and ends up with one of their own. 
  • Mobile Library Mysteries by Ian Sansom 
  • Dewey Decimal System of Love by Josephine Carr 
  • The Rover by Mel Odom - first in a series of books that are fashioned on a Tolkien style world where books are threatened and librarians have adventures rescuing and conserving the books 
  • Catalogue of Death by Jo Dereske - mystery where the detective is a librarian in Bellehaven, Wa. 
  • The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett -one of a series of books - the librarian is an orangutan.



Barbara Folensbee-Moore. Director of Library Services, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004
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