Book Clubs

Tell us about your book club!

Steve enthusiastically supports book clubs and often meets with those that are reading his books. If your group is reading any of Steve’s books, send a photo and information about your club to Steve at (If you include Steve’s book in the photo — even better!)

Get discussion questions for Steve’s books

Are Steve’s books on your club’s reading list? Get discussion questions here:

Dark Tide questions. Download PDF.
Due To Enemy Action questions. Download PDF.
The Boston Italians questions. Download PDF.
A City So Grand questions. Download PDF.

Celebrating books for 25 years in Provo, Utah

The Erudite Book Club of Provo, Utah, selected Dark Tide as its topic for May 2010. The club, which has been together for 25 years, chooses only nine books each year, “so it is very important that we select only the best books!” says club President Virginia Bryson. “We all enjoyed Dark Tide and felt you did a wonderful job describing the real-life characters,” she says. “We garnered a lot of information about the state of the United States during that time. The actual molasses flood was almost secondary to the insights we gained regarding terrorism, effects of the war, and socioeconomic conditions. It was a very exciting and educational discussion.” Club members, pictured above, enjoyed a Boston-themed meal, including Boston baked beans, cooked with molasses, and a tea party with molasses cookies dunked in beautiful china teacups.

Whitinsville Social Library reads Dark Tide

Members of the Whitinsville Social Library, Northbridge, MA, Book Group chose Dark Tide as one of its featured books. “We enjoyed our discusion of the book. It provided much fodder for an engaging evening,” reports Christine Drew, Coordinator of the group and a research librarian.

A book club dinner and molasses cookie recipe

Steve met with the book club from Donovan, Sullivan & Ryan, a financial services firm based in Westwood, Massachusetts, to discuss Dark Tide. The group toured the molasses flood site in Boston’s North End, and then enjoyed a delicious dinner at L’Osteria restaurant. Members of the club presented Steve with a bottle of wine and a molasses cookie recipe, which he is happy to share here.

Molasses Cookies
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup melted butter
4 Tbsp. molasses
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. salt

Combine sugar, butter, molasses, and egg. Mix well. Combine dry ingredients and add to mixture. Mix well and drop by tablespoon on ungreased cookie sheets. Press down on cookies with glass bottom dipped in flour. Bake at 350 degrees, 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!