This cookbook has themed menus (inspiring us to pick one to test on friends, or show off). But, the straight-forward seasonal dishes may be a bigger draw. Appealing to locavores, serious amateur cooks, and their lucky guests. (Raissa)
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My reading habits swing from children’s literature and young adult to classics and nonfiction, with the occasional novel. Let me know of any good beginner graphic novels and I’ll try something new. My all-time favorite author is Frank Herbert, pulling slightly ahead of Jane Austen, along with Laura Ingalls Wilder, Barbara Kingsolver, Ursula K. Le Guin, Helen Hooven Santmyer, and Mary Stewart. Quirky investigators like Malcolm Gladwell are quickly making a place in my heart.
The characters behind this character are completely unexpected. This book takes a peek at 20th century America through pop culture, feminism, and one very unconventional family. Now that we know where we've been, where do we want to go next? (Raissa)
I don't always read mysteries, but when I do they are impeccably English, subtle, and attractive. (Raissa)
Steven Johnson chews up disease, 19th century medicine, and superstition, and spits out public health, urban planning, and modern warfare. A transformational episode in history told at a quick and exciting pace. (Raissa)
Phew! Dramatic and exciting. Full of interesting historical details. Terribly sad. Often more cinematic than the movie! After finishing it, I immediately started re-reading it and telling everyone how coffee was made at the slave cabins of Louisiana. The language is from the 19th century without being archaic. It's an incredible story and a truly engrossing book.
I thought I was burnt out on memoirs. Everyone has one. Gary Shteyngart's offers more than the usual with a deeper investigate into his family's history and culture. Shteyngart himself is funny (stange and ha-ha), pathetic, and somehow still strangely likable.
Although we are cat fanciers ourselves, we know our better halves are out there. If you are or know a dog lover,
you will cherish this book. It really is all about dogs, how we live
with them, love them, miss them, and lovely bits of life in between.
Oliver is a celebrated poet, but she is still accessible for those who aren't as familiar with poetry.
Griffith delves into the 7th century, fascinating in itself, and then focuses on a young girl, Hild, "the brightest mind in an age." It is a marvel to watch her exercise that mind, navigate the machinations of a royal court, and survive in her very precarious livelihood as the king's seer and prophet. Griffith floods her world with irresistible detail.
If you're a fan, you are already sold on this book. If you're lukewarm on Johnny Cash, there is plenty here to pique your interest. Hilburn's long association with Cash gives him a deep insight into Cash's character as well as career. Johnny Cash put plenty of his own words out there - autobiographies, interviews, songs - but an outside eye and ear discern more warmth, humor, and drive.
I admit, I bought Vol. 1 only because there was a baby on the cover. Volume 2 is an even better romp. The sci-fi/fantasy setting is intriguing and the illustrations feel indulgent. This graphic novel neophyte is hooked.