Entree: Kim by Rudyard Kipling. Nancy Pearl, librarian extraordinaire, has this to say about Kim, "I always recommend (the book) to people who (a) love India, (b) think they dislike Kipling because of his political views; he's seen as a racist and a strong supporter of the British empire, (c) think Kipling is just for kids, and (d) want to read a good adventure yarn. I find myself rereading it every two or three years."
Side: The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar. Four university women students in 1970 Bombay were best friends as they challenged authority and suffered the consequences. Now they try to come together to support the one who left for a life in America as she battles cancer, but secrets from those early years threaten their connections.
Side: Longbourn by Jo Baker. The characters from Pride and Prejudice are seen from their servants' point of view. I'm enjoying this wonderful story almost as much as Jane Austen's version!
Side: As I Lay Dying: Meditations Upon Returning by Richard John Neuhaus. Thoughtful essay on this Lutheran minister become Catholic priest's near death experience fighting stomach cancer.
Dessert: The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living by Mark Bittman. Lots of simple recipes for people who want a more plant-based diet without completely giving up meat.