Lincoln in the Bardo
Pair with: Chocolate Pecan Brittle
Then again, screw Valentine’s Day! Maybe this February you’re just celebrating President’s Day, with George Saunders’s latest novel, based on the death of Abraham Lincoln’s son. Saunders’s imaginative tale follows Willie Lincoln to the bardo, a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle and otherworldly forces battle for Willie’s soul. Chocolate pecan brittle goes with this deliciously nutty story.
Kayla Rae Whitaker
Pair with: Chocolate Malt balls
If you’re more interested in friendship than romantic love this Valentine’s Day, try The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker. This brilliant debut novel is about the decades-long business partnership and friendship of two artists who meet at a private East Coast college and bond over their shared working-class history. Sharon Kisses and Mel Vaught go on to be a successful animation duo. But the release of their first full-length feature film brings some old resentments to the surface of their relationship. Pair with the chocolate malt balls you’ll be craving when you read Whitaker’s delicious descriptions of the pair’s late-night junk food.
Pair with: Frans Dark Chocolate Caramels
How much do you miss Michelle Obama? Spend a little more time with her through this book. Pair this gorgeous memoir with dark chocolate caramels from Fran’s in Seattle, reportedly Michelle’s favorite.
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, a day that, let’s be honest, is really all about candy. Whether you have a sweetheart or you’re celebrating with your friends, make some time to curl up with the only one-on-one you really need: you plus a good book. Add some chocolate and you’ve created the perfect date! Here are my matchmaking suggestions for readers who love chocolate.
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