May Book buyers’ picks

buyers’ picks

What’s New, Cupcake?, by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. I am not a very crafty person, so I have to admit that when I first picked up a copy of What’s New, Cupcake? I didn’t think it would be right for me. I’m happy to say I was very wrong. The creative duo behind the bestselling Hello, Cupcake! has managed to produce another fantastic cupcake book with fun, easy-to-make projects that look like they came from a bakery. They give simple, step-by-step instructions so that even the most inexperienced decorator can feel like a pro. All you need is a cake mix and candy and frosting for decorating, and you too will be making tasty treats that look like rubber ducks, moose, Indian corn and more.

—Melissa McMeekin, assistant buyer, books

caregivers, and the projects can be enjoyed by the whole family. From crafts to recipes, each book contains more than 100 fun things to make. Every project includes a list of all of the items you’ll need, as well as step-by-step instructions and full-color photos featuring the Sesame Street characters.

Jonna Erickson, assistant buyer, books FRANCE FREEMAN

a companion to Master

Your Metabolism, more than 125 recipes show health-conscious cooks how to master not only their metabolism, but

also their kitchen. Michaels offers cooking tips for people with various hormonal conditions, shopping tips for finding inexpensive organic food and dieting tips to help people avoid common pitfalls.—MM


Sesame Street Big Book of Crafts and Crafts All Year Round, from Parragon. One of my first jobs as a teenager was babysitting for a family with seven children all under the age of 10. I wish the Sesame Street craft books had been available then. Both of these books start with helpful tips for parents and

The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook, by Jillian Michaels. I respect Michaels because it seems she really practices what she preaches. I’ve been impressed with her work on The Biggest Loser, and I admire the fact that she has 17 years of martial-arts training. In this book,


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A Change in Altitude, by Anita Shreve. Early in her career Shreve worked in Kenya as a journalist, and she revisits that country in this novel. Margaret, a photojournalist, and her physician husband, Patrick, are sent to Africa for a yearlong research trip. From a disastrous climbing trip to Margaret’s work on a controversial newspaper, the relocation tests their relationship and illuminates the fault lines that lie below the surface. Luckily, most of us never have to find out the limits in our intimate relationships—or what we’re truly capable of forgiving in ourselves and others.

—Shana Rawers, assistant buyer, books

Pennie’s Picks are not to be missed!

The Hour I First Believed

The Lace Reader

The Condition

The Magician’s Assistant

The Namesake

The Shadow of the Wind

The City of Falling Angels

The Little Book

The Fortress of Solitude

Suite Française

Loving Frank

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Millions of Costco Wholesale members rely on the recommendations of book buyer Pennie Clark Ianniciello, who over the years has become one of the most in;uential women in the book business. Pennie’s Picks have included a wide variety of titles, many of which have gone on to become bestsellers, book club picks and more. There’s nothing quite like ;nding a great read and sharing it, and Pennie gets to do that every month. This month we’re looking back at some of the selections Pennie has made since July 1999. WAREHOUSE ONLY



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