Entree: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin. The next book club selection is a fascinating novel about a homely loner in the Pacific Northwest. He finds two scared young girls hiding in his orchard. When he realizes they are both pregnant, the story has just begun.
Side: Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything by Barbara Eirenreich. I've read and enjoyed Nickel and Dimed, so I'm interested in seeing what happens when the author turns the spotlight on herself.
Side: Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen. I'm reading the e-book version of this novel, an improbable but wonderful novel about a floundering Vietnamese immigrant PhD who finds a personal connection with Rose Wilder Lane, the only child of author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Lee Lien tries to get away from her domineering mother and life in a series of depressing Chinese buffet restaurants. Her loving grandfather once waited on Rose in a tearoom in Vietnam and ended up with a little gold pin with a picture of the "little house on the prairie." The story of Lee and her family is interspersed with the story of how Rose tried to leave her mother's Midwest home to make her own glamorous life.
Side: The Pollan Family Table: The Best Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom for Delicious, Healthy Family Meals by Corky Pollan. The matriarch of the Pollan family, which includes author Michael Pollan (The Botany of Desire), actress Tracy Pollan (wife of Michael J. Fox), and other foodie daughters, has compiled their favorite recipes. They all sound great, but this is a New York crowd who vacation in posh spots with food to match.