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Merritt Tierce: IMG Has My Husband Read It?

My first novel, Love Me Back, was published on September 16. Writing the book took seven years, and along the way three chapters were published in... Continue »
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    Love Me Back

    Merritt Tierce 9780385538077


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Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup
Six Suspects

MaryAlice, April 26, 2010

Six Suspects is a big, chewy mystery. Vikas Swarup whose "Q and A" became the academy award winning, "Slumdog Millionaire," weaves the individual stories of a Bollywood movie star, a hapless, gullible Texan, a sweet stone-age tribesman, a wily bureaucrat, a handsome young thief and a cunning government official around a murder. The victim, Vivek "Vicky" Rai, dies during a party he throws to celebrate his acquittal of the murder of a bartender who refused to serve him a final drink. Each character brings a world of other interesting and moving characters that held me throughout the two-day read of the 479 pages. I would recommend keeping a list of characters' names and who they are, like a playbill. I got a bit lost sometimes as to who was who since the story moves back and forth among the characters but I couldn't bring myself to stop long enough to do that. Didn't matter. By the last page, I could smell the curry. It was great.
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Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford
Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany

MaryAlice, October 12, 2006

I am about 70 pages from the end of Bill Buford's "Heat" and have already decided to read it again. I never do that, no matter how well-written and Bill's writing is delicious. But this book also is good in other ways. First, it's an action adventure in various settings with larger than life characters who are real. Second, as Bill learns how to braise meats or to make pasta dough, I also learn and have had more fun cooking than ever. Third, Bill has a journalist's questing mind in search of more information about the foods, the processes, the history and the people and all are fascinating.
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