If you’re like me, then you’ll enjoy this delicious twist on a traditional margarita. Sage and pineapple come together to add a sophisticated depth in this drink. Paired with the typical lime and tequila in most margaritas, the sage and pineapple compliment and then elevate the cocktail. It’s really delectable!
In The Book of Lost Friends, Lisa Wingate conquers another fascinating, yet obscure, piece of American history. This is another dual-timeline novel by Wingate. It follows Hannie, a freed slave, as she travels through post-war Texas in search of her people and attempts to return home to Louisiana, and Benny, a modern-day teacher, struggling to inspire her students until she unearths a history that links them to Hannie and much more.
If you’ve never had shrimp and grits (casserole or otherwise), I am glad you are here! This recipe is absolutely delicious, pretty easy to make, and a family favorite of ours. My husband would eat this at least once a week! If you’re stopping by here while searching for recipes, you may not know that the recipes here are all inspired by books! This particular recipe was created after reading Before We Were Yours.
If your book club is looking for a book about second chances, a story about forgiveness despite continued messiness, a novel with characters that ring true-to-life, then Ask Again, Yes, should be on your list. If you love character-driven novels and struggle to find books where the characters seem fully fleshed-out, this is the book for you.
If you’ve been stuck in a reading rut lately, especially due to the pandemic (or just life in general), then This Tender Land could be the next read for you. It’s a character-driven adventure story with all the feels, but it won’t leave you emotionally fatigued. The novel centers around two young brothers and their two friends, a mute American Indian and a sweet-hearted girl with a mysterious gift.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz is one of the most popular books of recent years. It tells the true story of Lale Sokolov, who became the tattooist of Auschwitz during his many years at the concentration camp, tattooing numbers on incoming prisoners. One day, Lale tattoos the arm of a beautiful girl and, despite the circumstances, it is love at first sight. The book chronicles the love affair of Lale and Gita, their time at Auschwitz, and their struggle for survival.
What is there not to love about Pride and Prejudice? It is a love story that pairs the unforgettable Elizabeth Bennet with the subtly charming Mr. Darcy, but it’s more than that. It’s a story about finding your way, a story about family and obligations, and a story about sisters.
Wuthering Heights was the first and only novel of Emily Bronte. For some readers it is the most sadly beautiful star-crossed lover tale. For others, it is a stark and cautionary tale of unforgiveness wrought into bitterness. For book clubs, it is ripe with discussion.
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman is a story about eight strangers who find themselves taken hostage by a desperate bank robber. Now that you have formed a thought about what a story like that might be like, ball it up, and throw it in the trash. Because that’s exactly what Backman, in his genius, does.
Capricciosa pizza…if you live in the States, you may have never heard of it. The name capricciosa means capricious in Italian or given to sudden whims or mood changes. Most recipes for Capricciosa Pizza you’ll find on the internet include a fairly similar list of ingredients, though. And, you’ll find this pizza pie familiar in that it resembles what we in the States call Supreme or The Works or The Special.
The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline is based on true historical events, namely the passage and establishment of English convicts to the island that would later become Australia. The book follows two female convicts as they cross the ocean and eventually land in Australia and one aboriginal child as she is “adopted” by an English family on the island.
One Day in December is Josie Silver’s debut novel, released in 2018. It was featured in Reese’s Book Club and has gone on to be a New York Times bestseller. To give you a quick idea of whether or not you’ll like the novel, consider if you liked Bridget Jones’s Diary or Love Actually. If you did, then you’ll love this novel, which has similar themes as both books.
Despite its length, Americanah will spark a lively conversation at your book club about both immigration issues in America and England and racial issues in America. The main character, a Nigerian immigrant to America, runs a blog about racism, albeit anonymously, and through her sometimes humorous posts she dissects racism from every angle.
The Alchemist is a novel that reads like a centuries-old tale, although it was first published in 1988. It is the masterpiece of Paulo Coelho who has written many other great novels. A short book at around 200 pages, it contains a depth of wisdom that has catapulted it to the top of many book clubs’ lists.