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The Midnight Library Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For The Midnight Library, I provide your book club with a brief summary, a food ideas, and discussion questions in that order!

The Midnight Library Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Midnight Library Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Midnight Library Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Midnight Library Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

In the vein of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine or Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library takes a quirky main character, Nora Seed, dealing with some hard issues and places her in a unique situation.

Unlike the first two novels mentioned, The Midnight Library sprinkles in a heavy dose of magical realism in the form of a library at the edge of the universe that contains an infinite amount of books, each with a different reality. This library specifically has an infinite number of realities of Nora Seed’s life.

Regret that you never went to college? There’s another reality where you did. Regret that you didn’t date that cute coworker? There’s another reality where you did and now have two kids with him. And so on…

Imagine being able to try on all the possibilities of your life if you’d just made a slightly different decision along the road and you have The Midnight Library.

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The Four Winds Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For The Four Winds, I provide your book club with a brief summary, food ideas, and discussion questions in that order!

The Four Winds Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Four Winds Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Four Winds Book Club Questions and Food Ideas
The Four Winds Book Club Questions and Food Ideas

While Kristin Hannah has been writing books for over two decades, you may recognize her best from her massive hit, The Nightingale, or the book she published just after, The Great Alone.

With The Nightingale, Hannah pivoted from writing women’s fiction to writing more literary or book club fiction. While the three categories are sometimes hard to delineate, Hannah has found major popularity with her latest works all of which contain historical timelines.

Her latest work, The Four Winds, is no different. Inspired by the Dust Bowl and migrants who left the plains for California, The Four Winds is another sweeping historical by Hannah.

The Four Winds

If you don’t know, there is some long debated controversy surrounding John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath (which Hannah’s The Four Winds echoes). At the time, another writer, a woman named Sanora Babb was researching and writing her own novel about the Dust Bowl and Depression. Steinbeck seems to have come upon her notes and there is claim they largely influenced his novel, which sold truck fulls more than Babb’s.

In a way, the already hugely popular The Four Winds gives Babb some justice. Hannah speaks often of using Babb’s research in her own writing.

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Dear Edward Book Club Food Ideas

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For Dear Edward, I provide your book club with a brief summary, food ideas, and a recipe idea in that order!

Dear Edward Book Club Questions and Recipe
Dear Edward Book Club Questions and Recipe
Dear Edward Book Club Questions and Recipe
Dear Edward Book Club Questions and Recipe

If you haven’t checked out the previous post in the series where I share my thoughts on Dear Edward and a fun activity idea for your book club, check out that post HERE.

You can also check out the next post in the series where I share discussion questions for your book club based on the book HERE.

In this post, I’ll review the premise of Dear Edward and share some great food ideas for your book club based on the book.

Dear Edward

Here’s a brief summary of Dear Edward:

Edward Adler, his older brother, and his parents board a plane from Newark to Los Angeles headed towards a new life, new jobs, and a new future, but the promise of what they hoped for is cut short when the plane, along with its 183 other passengers crashes into a barren field in Colorado.

Edward is the sole survivor.

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Dear Edward Book Club Ideas

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For Dear Edward, I provide your book club with a brief summary, fun activity ideas, and more!

Dear Edward Book Club Ideas
Dear Edward Book Club Ideas
Dear Edward Book Club Ideas
Dear Edward Book Club Ideas

Dear Edward is the newest novel by Ann Napolitano. While you might not have heard of her before, Napolitano has been an editor for one of the top short story publications in the U.S. for years, One Story.

And, Dear Edward is sure to secure her as a novelist to watch.

Dear Edward is a novel about the sole survivor of a plane crash that kills almost 200 other people. The survivor, a teenage boy, struggles to find his place in the world after losing his family and enduring the crash.

It’s a coming-of-age that’s absolutely heart-breaking, but ultimately beautiful as we watch Edward rise out of the ashes of his circumstances with a triumphant hope in the future.

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Dear Edward Book Club Discussion Questions

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For Dear Edward, I provide your book club with a brief summary and discussion questions in that order!

Dear Edward Book Club Discussion Questions
Dear Edward Book Club Discussion Questions
Dear Edward Book Club Discussion Questions
Dear Edward Book Club Discussion Questions

If you haven’t checked out the previous post in the series where I share my thoughts on Dear Edward and a fun activity idea for your book club, check out that post HERE.

You can also check out the second post in the series where I share several great food ideas for your book club based on the book HERE.

Dear Edward

In this post, I’ll review the premise of Dear Edward and share book club discussion questions that are sure to get your book club talking!

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