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Catherine Chandler has commented on (10) products.

Teatime for the Firefly by Shona Patel
Teatime for the Firefly

Catherine Chandler, January 14, 2015

Teatime for the Firefly is such an incredible story--one of those that after you finish reading the last sentence, and put the book away, it stays with you for days. The story of Layla Roy's life is written from her character's perspective, giving it the feel of a long, intimate letter from a loved one. Through all of the ups and downs and complexities of her story-telling, the author's language is accessible, and her descriptions at once thorough and succinct. I truly felt as though I were in the story--in these places, with these characters. Knowing that there is some background from Shona Patel's familial history, and historical events, makes it that much more rich. There is a great balance of suspense, wonder, empathy, and adventure within these pages--I highly recommend it.
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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Lowland

Catherine Chandler, September 24, 2014

I love it when weeks after reading a book, it will seep back into your brain and all you can think is, "I want to go there again." When I saw The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, one of my favorite authors, I grabbed a copy right away. This book is full of such a wide range of emotions, you cannot help but be sucked in to the characters' world. Not only that, but it contains a great deal of historical context, begging the reader to reflect on their own ideas of history. Incredible writing--I cannot wait to read it again.
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This Is Portland: The City You've Heard You Should Like by Alexander Barrett
This Is Portland: The City You've Heard You Should Like

Catherine Chandler, December 28, 2013

As a born-and-bred Portlander, I often find myself rolling my eyes at the antics happening around me. The most recent? The uprising of lovers of the carpet at the PDX Airport--so much that there are news articles being written about it and what's this? SOCKS? Seriously folks, I love it too, but it's carpet. From the '90's. I can't even imagine what lies beneath it after that many years.

"This is Portland" is one of those books that affirms that I am not alone. While I may love this city, there is much hilarity to be found in the neurosis of its inhabitants. Barrett does a wonderful job of exhibiting some of the most beloved quirks with great humor and fondness.
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Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great by Danielle Walker
Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great

Catherine Chandler, November 15, 2013

I cannot say enough good things about this book. When I first found out about Against All Grain, I was beyond excited. When I held my very own copy in my hands, I almost teared up--I can eat every single recipe in this book! What an amazing feeling, to know that I can look up a recipe, make it, and enjoy it without having the hassle of figuring out substitutes and failing multiple times. Danielle Walker has tested all her recipes, and provided a growing community with an essential collection of homemade meals and resources that are for 'every-day living.' I have tried multiple recipes--the crackers, 'tortilla chips', tortillas, braised chicken with artichoke and mushrooms, pot roast, pumpkin muffins, etc. They have all turned out amazing. I cannot wait to see what Walker brings to us next!
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The Arts of the Sailor: Knotting, Splicing and Ropework (Dover Maritime) by Hervey Garret Smith
The Arts of the Sailor: Knotting, Splicing and Ropework (Dover Maritime)

Catherine Chandler, November 15, 2013

As a novice to rope-working and knot-tying, I have found this book to be extremely helpful in my endeavors. I came across it quite by accident and am extremely happy--the language and text are easy to understand, as are the instructions and illustrations. In the short amount of time I have had this book, I have carried it with me everywhere, and loaned it to friends multiple times. Concise, to the point, and yet full of a wealth of information.
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