In The Club

Fab Fall Finds!

Welcome to In The Club, a newsletter of resources to keep your book group well-met, well-read, and well-fed.

Fall is amongst us (almost officially)! Which means I’m looking at my boot collection a little more critically and my TBR has e x p l o d e d. Below I’ve got some of the books I’m most excited about that are being released this fall.

Now for the club!

Nibbles and Sips

I hope y’all don’t think I’m too basic for this, but I just had some Impossible sliders this past weekend during brunch and they were really, really good. The “meat” was perfectly seasoned and the accompanying curry ketchup was amazing.

Now, I just used Impossible “meat,” egg, Lawry’s seasoning, black pepper, garlic powder, a lil paprika, and a pinch of table salt in the ones I made — and I really liked the result — but I’ve included a fancier recipe for y’all. And here’s a recipe for curry ketchup if you’re down. This is also fancier than I actually did, since I literally just mixed ketchup with garlic powder, a little black pepper, and curry powder (lol). Hey, it was still good!

Now for the books!

A Thriller, a Gothic Mystery, and a Dystopian Walk into a Bar…

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Jackal by Erin E. Adams (Oct. 4)

This one’s blurbs starts off:

It’s watching

It’s taking.

Phew! Liz, a young Black woman, reluctantly goes back to her small Pennsylvania hometown for her bestie’s wedding. Although she’s grown and has learned how to deal with racist passive aggressions, she’s still not looking forward to them once she’s back. On the actual day of the wedding, though, she has a new worry: the daughter of the bride, Caroline, has gone missing. And all there is to go on is a white fabric covered in blood. That, and the pattern Liz noticed of a Black girl going missing after a summer party in the woods. The last time it happened, though, the girl was found with her chest open and her heart missing. Liz needs to get to the bottom of what’s going on in the town before it’s too late.

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House of Hunger by Alexis Henderson (Sept. 27)

In Henderson’s latest gothic novel, Marion Shaw is from the poorest part of the city and desperate to get out. One day she finds an odd opportunity that may just help her: in the newspaper is a listing for a bloodmaid. She knows that bloodmaids serve wealthy houses in the north by allowing their masters to drink their blood, but she doesn’t know much else. She applies to the position and is soon the newest bloodmaid for the House of Hunger. She’s eagerly serves her new, charismatic mistress, Lisavet, but when she starts to notice other bloodmaids disappearing in the night, she’ll need to figure out some things in order to survive.

When securing the bag goes wrong, case #1,001. You hate to see it.

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Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng (Oct. 4)

After years of economic uncertainty and violence, 12-year-old Bird has been taught to uphold what’s seen as “American culture” by his father who was once a linguist. In order to uphold this so-called culture, authorities are allowed to take away children of those who disagree. These children just so happen to often be of Asian descent. One day, Bird receives a cryptic letter that leads him to trying to find the “unpatriotic” poet mother who left him years ago. The journey brings back memories of the folktales she told to him, and may have him thinking differently about injustice.

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Blackmail and Bibingka by Mia P. Manansala 

So I know this one will be fun. Lila’s life is looking pretty sweet. She’s got a great business going, the Brew-ha Cafe, and is starting a new romance with her friend Jae. But her messy cousin, who hasn’t been in contact with the family for 15 years, is back and claiming he’s on the up-and-up. Lila knows better, though, and her suspicions are soon validated when he’s accused of murder. Now, being the dedicated Macapagal family member she is, she sets out to clear her cousin of any (murderous) wrong doing. Unless…he did it?

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Suggestion Section

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I hope this newsletter found you well, and as always, thanks for hanging out! If you have any comments or just want to connect, send an email to or holla at me on Twitter @erica_eze_. You can also catch me talking more mess in the new In Reading Color newsletter as well as chattin’ with my new cohost Tirzah Price on the Hey YA podcast.

Until next week,