An enjoyable journey from China to Italy, with many stops in between, to look at food history and traditions. The author's original goal was to try to figure out if noodles had really come to Italy from China or vice versa, or something in between. Of course, food, culture, and history are more...
Book Genre: Nonfiction
University of Denver anthropologist Tracy Bachrach Ehlers spent several years in the mid-to-late-90s interviewing "Sugar Turner," a former welfare mother and caretaker to five children, to learn about life in an inner-city neighborhood and the challenges faced by modern-day low-income women....
This book started off great. It began with Bobby's beginnings in chess and his childhood, and how his voracious appetite for all things chess grew. It touches on his family life, and his tendency towards being bullheaded to get his way. The thing I liked the best was during the periods where he...
If you are a huge David Sedaris fan (like me) and have read all of his published work, I highly recommend checking out the audio recordings of his work. All of the audio versions are read by the author, and his performances add that much more humor to the pieces. I listened to Dress...
Journalist Bob Greene tells the little-known story of the North Platte Canteen, the railroad depot in North Platte, Nebraska, where over six million servicemen and women were fed, thanked, and entertained during their cross-country train journeys during World War II. The book consists...
A neurosurgeon, Dr. Alexander, who has done thousands of brain surgeries, have patients inform him after their surgeries about their near-death experiences in which he personally considers these fantasies produced by the brains under extreme stress until he himself, has his brain attacked...
The Long Walk recounts an epic story of survival by a group of escapees from a Soviet gulag. Fleeing the camp during a blizzard in 1941 with six others, Rawicz and the group equipped only with their camp-issued clothes, a small store of food, and a few other stolen goods set out...
What a fun listen! I had such a great time being entertained by the observations Mindy Kaling makes in her first book, which is a collection of short stories, lists, and advice. For the audio version, she reads the material herself (along with a couple guest actors to make dialog...
I am old enough to remember the build up leading up to the war in Iraq and I also remember the nighty tallies of the amount of American soldiers killed each day there. This book mentions some of the atrocities soldiers experienced early in the Iraq war and details life among...
Sister Queens is a fascinating side-by-side recounting of the lives of two women, sisters, who were both destined to be queens. Though they both rise to extraordinary levels of power, especially for women during this time in history, and experience periods of happiness and satisfaction,...
This is what happens when you judge a book by its cover (and title)- you get a mediocre read.
Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich has a great title and cover, let me tell you, it lured me in with its graphic design and bright yellow font. And that's not the only good...
In this graphic novel, Guy Delisle chronicles the year he spent in Burma when his wife worked there for Doctors Without Borders. He gives us diverse glimpses of day-to-day life in Southeast Asia under an incredibly repressive regime. His experiences range from the mundane -- taking care of his...
I never know what I'll find when browsing the book stacks at the Central Library. The trivia for the celebrities is fun but you can't beat the online resource, Find A Grave.
The book succeeded in proving my naivety of current tech trends and pitfalls with tweens and teens and the final two chapters are valuable for their practical suggestions.
On the disappointing side, I didn't feel like Steiner-Adair took advantage of her collected research by providing...
Jonathan Safran Foer is at a crossroads in his life. About to become a father, he suddenly feels the urge to write a book about eating animals. His impending fatherhood has made him realize many things about his life and the life and earth he wishes to leave for his son. Braving the elements,...
Solomon Schechter is working away at Oxford when a couple of wealthy, widowed sisters share a snippet of a manuscript picked up on their latest journey to Egypt. Schechter, a Jewish scholar, immediately recognizes the importance of the manuscript and embarks on sifting through 900 years of...
I like to laugh and a little TMI (too much information) from a writer doesn't bother me. What surprised me is Notaro's ability to totally shift gears and write an essay like "Ready or Not." Not only is Notaro funny, especially in dialogue with her husband, she can also deftly move from Gladys...
What a cool book! Lovely pictures of some of the most intriguing homes I've ever seen, along with interesting stories of each home's creation and the people who built them. There are so many amazing, artistic, creative people within these pages, I just can't wait for you to meet them...
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! Did I say beautiful? I meant BEAUTIFUL! Inspiration galore.
A mix of short stories, essays, magazine articles, and online resources, the 2012 edition also includes meeting minutes from various Occupy movements across the country. Some of the more familiar authors in this edition are Sherman Alexie, Junot Díaz, Louise Erdrich, Jon Ronson, and Jess...
If you've read either of Sheffield's earlier memoirs, you know he has a vast knowledge of music, a quirky, funny, and sweet writing style, and a way of getting to the heart of things. If you've never read Sheffield's writing before, Turn Around Bright Eyes is a fine place to start. Widowed at...
Chanrithy Him quotes the lines from a familiar song "Chivith choun reang, choun pleang, Life sometimes has drought and sometimes has rain." Her story of surviving Cambodian death camps is told with simple, sharp imagery and a heightened sense of the physical world around her from the earth where...
Napoleon Bonaparte's loss was the world's gain when a group of trained scientists followed him into Egypt. Through the scientists efforts, and sometimes life-ending dedication, they began cataloging the contributions of a little understood culture resulting in a 26 volume encyclopedia. Great...
If you write, let Welty school you. If you don't write, read the book for courage and begin. Marrs provides selections from Welty's personal correspondence, writings and interviews. I only regret not reading Marrs' biography on Welty first.
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