Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings and Life by Kate McDermott, 352 pages
For pie makers, she offers a variety of crusts, including gluten-free and vegan. Don't think you'll just get fruit pies here, there are also some meat pie recipes too.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so much so, that I actually bought the book which is almost unheard of for me.
I didn't want to miss this chance to meet Ms. Giovanni but wanted to brush up on her poetry so checked out some books from the library. This book, originally published in 1974, is still relevant today and is about growing up black. Race, and how we treat each other, is still an unresolved issue and that makes this book of poetry timeless, for now.
They talk about their lives before and after they met, their faith and of course, their business. They just seem like good people and the book makes me want to watch their show more than the little snippets I've caught here and there so far.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Shelby was always popular and the tragedy plunges her into depression and guilt and a belief that her life is over, or should be.
This is a story about Shelby eventually learning how to enjoy life again. 5 stars and thumbs up from me.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
First stop? The bus station where a criminal with a suitcase full of cash needs to use the bathroom and entrusts Allan with the suitcase. Oops.
The book fluctuates between the present and Allan's storied life. Remember how Forrest Gump was present for A LOT of stuff in history? Yeah, so was Allan. I rate the book enjoyable, but not lovable.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Maisie is plucky and courageous. This was a fun bedtime read with my 7 year old. The chapters were a nice length so that reading one a night was enough for us. We did have to power through and read the last 40 pages or so one night just to find out the end. This is the first Maisie Hutchins book we have read, even though it's book 3. My daughter is anxious to read the first two though. I think I'll be introducing her to Nancy Drew in a few years.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it if you enjoy historical fiction from this era. It has some romance, but I wouldn't catalog it as such.
Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes, 352 pages
She also had some important thoughts on saying yes to saying no. Setting limits for yourself. You can't do it all. And it's true. I'm still working on this though.
Oh and the "power pose!" Where you put your hands on your hips and pose like Wonder Woman for a minute or so. It really helps. I tried it.
So as you can tell, I really enjoyed this book. I've been a fan of Shonda's TV shows since the early days of Grey's Anatomy. And even though I haven't watched most of her newer stuff, if I happen to catch a few minutes, I'm probably hooked for the rest of the hour. She's an incredible storyteller. And this book was a true testament to that.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
There is Victor, the 19 year-old runaway who has returned home to Seattle to protest and perhaps, see his step-father the Chief of Police. There is John Henry, the proponent of non-violent protest and his girlfriend, King, who struggles with rage. We meet two police officers, Julie and Park, who battle in the protests. Finally, we meet Dr. Charles Wickramsingne, who is a delegate from Sri Lanka and has a must-get-to meeting with President Clinton to ensure Sri Lanka's entry in the WTO.
This is a fast and unsettling book about one violent day and event.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
This is his story of growing up in India, in a family where he was well loved and his immigration to the United States. It is a funny, sweet, heartwarming memoir.
I listened to the book, read by the author, and enjoyed every minute of it.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
It is an enthralling and intriguing story about the life of Thomas Jefferson's oldest daughter, who was alive during the Revolutionary War and traveled with him to Paris when he became America's minister to France. They were in France as that country's own revolution started.
Patsy was a wife and a mother of 11 children, but she was always foremost the daughter, companion and protector of her father. Reading this makes me want to learn more about his other family as well, the Hemings.