Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

About the Book

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where the heroine is swept off her feet by a dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives—presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave. First published in 1938, this classic gothic novel is such a compelling read that it won the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century.

Asparagus & Gruyere Tart

This sophisticated app, shared by our member Jenny, looks beautiful and is so easy to make. You can also use Fontina or other dry, fatty cheeses.

Flour, for work surface
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
2 cups Gruyere cheese, shredded
1½ pounds medium or thick asparagus

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt and pepper

Aluminum foil

Preheat oven to 400º F.

On a floured surface, roll the puff pastry into a 16 x 10-inch rectangle. Trim uneven edges.

Place pastry on a baking sheet. With a sharp knife, lightly score pastry dough 1-inch in from the edges to mark a rectangle. Using a fork, pierce dough inside the markings at ½-inch intervals. Bake until golden, about 8 minutes.

Remove pastry shell from oven and sprinkle with cheese. If needed, trim the bottoms of the asparagus spears to fit crosswise inside the tart shell. Arrange in a single layer over cheese, alternating ends and tips. Brush with oil, and season with salt and pepper.

To prevent the edges from over browning, use a thin strip of aluminum foil to cover the edges of the tart before placing in oven. Bake for about 15 minutes until asparagus is tender.

Serve warm or room temperature. Use a pizza cutter for easy serving.

Pairing Suggestion:

Wisconsin is known for its cheese, so this appetizer complements the state’s pastoral settings conveyed in Driftless by David Rhodes, Thank You for All Things by Sandra Kring, or Loving Frank by Nancy Horan.

Euphoria by Lily King

About the Book

English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the Territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers’ deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell’s poor health, are hungry for a new discovery. When Bankson finds them a new tribe nearby, the artistic, female-dominated Tam, he ignites an intellectual and romantic firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone’s control.