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About Kristen Carson

Kristen Carson was born in Idaho. She has lived in Utah, Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania. She currently resides near Indianapolis. She and her husband are the parents of four adult children. Carson's stories and articles have appeared in Chicago Parent, Indianapolis Monthly, and Dialogue: a Journal of Mormon Thought.
15 10, 2017

America’s Napoleon

By | 2017-10-15T18:59:38+00:00 October 15th, 2017|good nonfiction|0 Comments

Here at Read Fast, Eat Slow, we heard about the hit musical, Hamilton, the summer it opened. We scored tickets when the show was sold out only months ahead, not years like it is now. And we were blown away. Now I have finished Ron Chernow’s mega-book Alexander Hamilton. This is the book the musical’s creator picked up in the airport one day and [...]

1 10, 2017


By | 2017-10-01T11:43:56+00:00 October 1st, 2017|brownies, cookies, Uncategorized|0 Comments

This is a cookie for the indecisive sugar fiend. When you visit the recipe site, you will find a more beautiful sample of the finished product. I used a rather large cookie scoop, and cookies that big take 17 minutes to bake! As for the review of the extra-large book that I know you're all waiting on, I can report that I passed [...]

17 09, 2017

For Those of You That Like Do-Overs

By | 2017-09-17T19:21:45+00:00 September 17th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Kate Atkinson’s hefty story, Life After Life, can make a reader dizzy, even while sitting in a solid, comfy chair. It follows the life of Ursula Todd, a British banker’s daughter, born on a snowy night back in the days when people sang songs like “By the Light of the Silvery Moon.” The trick about this “life” of Ursula’s is that she dies and [...]

10 09, 2017

Twix Truffle Brownies

By | 2017-09-10T15:58:15+00:00 September 10th, 2017|brownies, desserts|0 Comments

Oh, those Super-Bloggers, the ones with the big cameras. They dangle their decadent brownies in front of us. Sometimes those brownies turn out terrible. I'm happy to report: this is not one of those times. Twix Truffle Brownies came together pretty easily, even the potentially ruinous step of spreading the "truffle" of crushed Lorna Doone cookies over the brownie layer. You will find yourself [...]

3 09, 2017

How Many of These In Your House?

By | 2017-09-03T19:28:09+00:00 September 3rd, 2017|good nonfiction|0 Comments

I was hoping for a history book, an anecdote book in Brick by Brick by David C. Robertson I should have read the sub-title more carefully: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry. The reader will have to leap over biz-buzz words like “disruptive innovation” and “blue-ocean markets.” Still, Robertson included enough info to imagine what it must [...]

24 08, 2017

Vegetarian Linguine

By | 2017-08-27T19:24:41+00:00 August 24th, 2017|breads, main dishes|0 Comments

No book blog this week.  I've had company, big church obligations. So we're doing food this week. I've been accused of hating vegetables. And maybe I do. Maybe, when they're all cut up fresh and posed around a vat of dip, and placed next to a plate of brownies on a buffet table, maybe, just maybe I can't "see" them. But when vegetables [...]

20 08, 2017

We Should Never Have Let Him Go

By | 2017-08-20T19:37:25+00:00 August 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In all my random reading, how’d I end up with a book about a land stricken by apartheid the same week as the riots in Charlottesville? As I eyed the book on my shelf, I wasn’t sure I wanted to take on 312 pages of racial problems and blaming whites. Nevertheless, I forged on into Alan Paton’s Cry the Beloved Country, in which the [...]

6 08, 2017

You’ll Want To Star in This Movie

By | 2017-08-06T19:46:42+00:00 August 6th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Continuing with Mormon authors this week, I present The Rules in Rome by A.L. Sowards. The story begins when a pack of Allied soldiers ambush a German officer’s car bounding along the road in Italy. As the men examine the dead officer now slumped in the seat, they notice how thoroughly he resembles one of their own, Bastien Ley. Daringly, Bastien assumes the dead [...]

30 07, 2017

A Kiss That Rattles the Richter Scale

By | 2017-07-30T17:30:11+00:00 July 30th, 2017|good fiction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

This week and next, in observance of Summer Book Trek, Read Fast Eat Slow features books by indie Mormon authors. You can head on over to SBT’s website to check out what’s new in that niche. Fantasy and romance (but I repeat myself) are the favorite genres of these authors, both of which I handle like the mushy vegetables that need to come out of [...]