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The Secret Lives of People in Love: Stories by Simon Van Booy
The Secret Lives of People in Love: Stories

sjy66, September 13, 2011

Van Booy is my favorite new author. Sometime back I came across this book, The Secret Lives of People in Love, and was too intrigued not to buy it. I quickly became quite taken with his writing. He writes unlike anyone else today (at least to my knowledge), with a rich and deep love of words that is evident in every paragraph. I have found myself so intrigued by a particular line or thought that I'd have to stop and ponder it for a few moments; he is that creative and that richly talented. His stories can strike such a chord within the reader; chords of memory, of meaning, of emotion, of purpose within each character and situation. It's not often that I return to re-read a book only months after originally finishing it, but this one was (and is) the exception. I sincerely recommend each of his two short story books to anyone that loves really great creative writing.
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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

sjy66, September 5, 2011

One of the most refreshingly creative reads I have experienced in years! Christopher Moore must be one of the sharpest minds ticking today. You will find yourself intrigued by how witty, yet profoundly moving, this story can be. There is plenty of things to bring grins, even laughs, to the reader, but there is also an astonishing amount of truth to this story. I am a Christian myself, so I know some would scoff at the very thought of this book, getting no further than the title. Don't cheat yourself. There is a sweet friendship between the young Jesus (this story was written to fit into the part of Jesus' young life that is not specifically accounted for in The Bible, so it is not undoing anything) and his friend Biff. Their friendship shows how much opposites do attract and make good friends. It's endearing to see the truly human, fallible, awkward and odd Biff in juxtaposition to his flawless and Holy friend, who has such an unimaginable fate ahead of him.

Thank you, Christopher Moore for a (more than just) delightful, insightful, and memorable read!
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In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite: 150 Recipes and Stories about the Food You Love by Melissa Clark
In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite: 150 Recipes and Stories about the Food You Love

sjy66, September 2, 2011

I love a cookbook that tells the story to go along with each recipe. I especially enjoy reading how someone improvised with what they had, how they ventured away from an exact recipe to come up with the creation they made and how it turned out (for better or worse). That's how I enjoy cooking the most and I never realized how incredibly rare it is to find a good cookbook with the story, the thought process, the discovery along the way. Most cookbooks are page after page of recipes and that's it. I don't find that compelling. But this beautifully written cookbook is as interesting to read as it is inspirational to the reader for getting in there and making something with what you have (or close!).

Having dozens (and dozens) of cookbooks, this one quickly rose to the top of my favorites list and stays at easy reach for me day after day! Melissa Clark is an equally gifted and entertaining writer as she is a creative cook.
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The Art of Eating in: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove by Cathy Erway
The Art of Eating in: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove

sjy66, September 2, 2011

If you enjoy reading about food, and especially the preparing of food and the event or circumstances around it; you will enjoy this book. Being someone who loves to cook, but finds too many days filled with work, errands, family commitments, etc... and ending with feeling the financial pinch and physical guilt from grabbing something quick to eat out somewhere.... this seemed like a book I'd enjoy. Starting with the title, The Art of Eating In, compelled me much more when I thought of it as an art instead of lesser words like chore, task, obligation?

The author, Cathy Erway, decides to (in NYC of all places) start saving money and eating healthier by not eating out for an entire year, and blog about it along the way. Her journey includes how it works (and doesn't) with her personal relationships as a single woman, with her schedule, with her cravings to learn about new foods and how to cook them.

From learning about foraging to fun food cook-off and private dinner party events, this was an interesting read for me from start to finish.

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