At the book club meeting their daughter-in-law, who chose the book, will make a meal inspired by the story. It's their tradition. They don't know what that meal will be yet...the book is set in the future. Other books chosen for their book club include Ten Little Indians, by Agatha Christie; A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith, and John le Carré 's latest book, A Delicate Truth (his choice); as well as The Madonnas of Leningrad, by Debra Dean (her choice).
She likes books that are well researched, and does her own research while reading. For example, when she read The Madonnas of Leningrad, which is a historical novel set when the city was blockaded in World War II, about a woman who works as a docent at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), she found online pictures of the art work described in the book.
Her favorite author might be Agatha Christie, who she picks up, along with saltines and hot tea when she's not feeling well. His favorite authors are le Carré and Tom Clancy.