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Pick a Pair – Candy books

I just finished True Confections by Katharine Weber, the thoroughly enjoyable story of a fictional family-run candy company.  There is plenty of “history”, family secrets, and intrigue, which would make for an enjoyable book discussion (it’s also a short, quick read).  For some reason when I finished it, it made me think of a nonfiction history of candy-making I did as a book club selection in the past – The Emperors of Chocolate:  Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars by Joel Glenn Brenner.  Brenner’s book is a fascinating, reads-like-fiction history of the two American candy giants and the years of competition and bad blood between them.choco1
How about pairing up books for your group?  I could see reading a nonfiction title one month, then the fiction title the next month (or vice versa) – this might add a whole extra dimension to the discussion as you compare and contrast.

In any case, if you’re going to read either of these particular titles (and I suggest you do!), make sure you have a candy stash on hand.  Somehow,  just reading the descriptions of the various sugary confections will make you desperately want a sweet treat!




About the Author:

Rebecca Vnuk is the editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist. She is also the author of 3 reader’s-advisory nonfiction books: Read On…Women’s Fiction (2009), Women’s Fiction: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (2014), and Women’s Fiction Authors: A Research Guide (2009). Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_RVnuk.

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  1.' Jo says:

    A nonfiction book group I facilitate read The Emperors of Chocolate a while back (it’s one of my favorite books) — and then recently, we read CandyFreak by Steve Almond, which is definitely a book that made everyone crave chocolate!

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