Books! They have been in my life as long as I can remember, and have been able to sate any mood. I have to say my papa is to thank for my addiction to books. When I was a child we read together every night, and he always did a different voice for each character. When we read the Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson that was it...I was in love with reading. I devoured everything within my grasp and still do. There is always a book in my purse and a stack by the bed.
My passion for food and reading have colided, resulting in a constantly growing cookbook collection. Without a doubt my favorite genres would have to be food literature (fiction and non-fiction), literary fiction and historical fiction. With Stieg Larsson's Milennium series I have found a renewed interest in mysteries, once only fueled by Agatha Christie. There are so many great authors out there, but some of my favoriites are Peter Mayle, Anthony Bourdaine, Stieg Larsson, Kathryn Stockett, Ken Follet and so many others. If I don't stop now, you will end up reading a very long list.
The journey of Diana and Matthew continues, this time in Elizabethan London. Still on the hunt for Ashmole 782, and a witch to teach Diana the ins and outs. As with A Discovery of Witches, Harkness takes us through a wonderful historical journey along with the fantastical world of witches, daemons and vampires.
Needing to secure rent and food money to support themselves, and their drunken mother, Antonette finds work in a play as an extra, but also finds the love of a dangerous man. Marie is sent to the Paris Opera, where she is trained to enter the famous Paris ballet. As Marie throws herself into dance, she is also modeling for Edgar Degas, where she will be forever immortalized.
Seven-year-old Toni Sopka has decided she wants to be a lady high diver, much to her mother’s horror. Toni and her younger brother, Jack, spend their summers working in their parents’ French fry stand, and being immersed in the wonderland of Palisades Park. The entire Sopka family is a wonderful family of dreamers. You will be unable to put this book down to find out if everyone makes it through the Great Depression and Pearl Harbor. This vivid tale takes from the 1930’s all the way to 1971.
Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Margot Frank had survived the Holocaust? Well, meet Margie Franklin, living in Philadelphia working as a secretary in a Jewish law firm. She is carrying the secret with her. Not only is she hiding from everyone and the world, but also from herself.
“Indeed, all books, each and every book ever written, could be said to be offered to the readers as a form of self-help.” This book is political, romantic and a bit spiritual, all without being extreme or pushy. There is hope, in the otherwise bleak looking future, and these two characters are able to find an intimacy in a time when everything is drastically changing.
Take everything you think you know about Dorothy and The Wizard of Oz and turn it on its
head. Are the wicked witches good and is
Dorothy bad? Nothing is what it
seems. This is the beginning of a new
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Ten years after his smash hit "Kitchen Confidential" Bourdain is
back to exposing the seamy underbelly of the food industrie. With jabs
at chefs, and off food rituals, it's difficult to put down his snarky
(and witty) writing.
Ian and Lucy make a dynamic traveling duo. Both are running away from something. They aren't willing to fit in where they belong. Ian is a vivacious 10-year old with an over-bearing mother who wants to control everything about him. Lucy is a young children's librarian stuck in a rut in every part of her life. When the two end up traveling together (in an unorthodox way) their lives may be forever changed...or maybe not. By the end of this book you may start to think about the impact books have had on you as well as the people around you.
This book will appeal to lovers of novels and those of short stories, as it falls into a category somewhere in the middle. A mix of characters who's stories overlap in places, most of the stories involve Bennie Salazar (an aging rock executive) his once assistant Sasha, and their friends and associates. The large cast of characters is made of mostly self-destructive people, as they age and end up far from where they had hoped. Most of the book takes place in New York City, though we do get to travel as far as Italy and Africa to experience twists and turns within characters lives. The stories move between the late sixties, present day and the not too distant future. Egan has created a cast of characters that are both likeable and frustrating, but no matter the emotions they evoke in you, the books holds up till the end.
Ninety-something Jacob Jankowski (who is living in a nursing home) recounts his life with the circus during the depression. His story is told through a series of memories, peppered with his current life in the home. A wonderful story of love, passion, anger, friendship and loss. It captivated me to the end.
This has been one of my favorite books, no matter how many times I read it. The story of a man trying to find peace after his wife's death. His peace is disrupted by a telegram from home. Forced to deal with the family he's avoided, the demons in his past, and an unusual mystery presented by old classmates. A book that leads to acceptance, understanding and maturity.