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29 10, 2017

Get Your Mormon Primer Here!

By | 2017-10-29T18:59:08+00:00 October 29th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Take one normal Mormon housewife, busy keeping up with the laundry and the Relief Society president’s meal requests. Throw in a husband who’s a bishop, which means she’s now got people showing up on her doorstep with tear-stained faces, people calling at all hours. That should be enough to kickstart Mette Ivie Harrison’s novel, The Bishop’s Wife. Then people go missing. Or dead people [...]

22 10, 2017

Nope. And That’s A Big Nope.

By | 2017-10-22T16:17:17+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I’ll be the first to admit I’m no expert on PTSD. But I suspect Roxane Gay, author of An Untamed State, knows only slightly more than I do. In Untamed, Mireille Duval Jameson is kidnapped by resentful thugs. Miri’s Haitian father made good as a civil engineer in the U.S. Now he’s back in Haiti, where his wealth sticks out like a whale on [...]

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

Brookies!

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 [...]