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10 12, 2017

What Shall We Give The Children?

By | 2017-12-10T20:31:17+00:00 December 10th, 2017|good nonfiction|0 Comments

I got some curious reactions when I read Douglas Murray’s The Strange Death of Europe. I carried it into a doctor appointment and the doctor proceeded to ask me about and then confess, in hushed tones, that he was worried about Europe’s immigration crisis happening here. Then I thumbnailed a few highlights to a European friend and she said the author was right 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 [...]

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 [...]

23 07, 2017

Working the Worst Shift

By | 2017-07-23T15:35:10+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|good nonfiction|0 Comments

And how’s your mom day going? Maybe we should assign points for difficulty, just to see how you match up with Tracy McKay’s worst mom days, as described in her memoir, The Burning Point. I’ll give you: 3 pts. per child (Tracy has 3). 2 pts. per ordinary errand, (Tracy needs to go the grocery store, the YMCA, get kids to the bus). 5 [...]

23 04, 2017

Searching For A Good School-Night Routine?

By | 2017-04-23T17:08:13+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|good nonfiction|0 Comments

Right before first grade, Liz Murray’s mother made sure she had notebook paper. It’s what every concerned loving mother does, right? And by “right before first grade,” I mean 11:30 at night before Liz’s first day. Liz had been bugging her mother all week for help getting ready, “but she wouldn’t get out of bed.” But on school night #1, Ma had just shot [...]

16 04, 2017

Stuck in the Dark: The Chilean Miners

By | 2017-04-16T18:12:46+00:00 April 16th, 2017|good nonfiction|2 Comments

I assume you will go to work tomorrow. I assume your day will go well. Yes, I know. You may have a micromanaging boss and team members who don’t respond to your e-mails. If you’re a nurse, patients may die and you could miss lunch. But when I say “things will go well,” I’m talking macro here. You’ll drive to work, including under bridges, [...]

22 01, 2017

A Boom-and-Bust Story

By | 2017-01-22T21:26:47+00:00 January 22nd, 2017|good nonfiction|0 Comments

One thing I learned from David J. Lynch’s When the Luck of the Irish Ran Out was that, historically, the Irish are embarrassed to be Irish. What? The Irish? With their cool names and their cool music and their cool little island? Yes, I know they endured a lot of “Irish need not apply” when they came to the New World. But that’s so 19th [...]

4 01, 2017

Why Won’t Anybody Tell Us Anything?

By | 2017-02-27T18:51:48+00:00 January 4th, 2017|good nonfiction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

First, an announcement: Recipes will no longer be a regular feature on the blog. Expect occasional appearances of great food, but mostly, we're going to talk about books. Thanks for checking in here. I love my readers. ========================================== “How would you like to live in Chicago?” my husband said one day. “Hmmm,” I said, as visions of adventure and skyscrapers paraded through my head. We’ve [...]

25 12, 2016

Fix Your Personality

By | 2017-02-27T18:37:32+00:00 December 25th, 2016|brownies, good nonfiction|0 Comments

Two stories: When I was a tween, I tagged along with a sister to Taco Time. I’m no big fan of tacos, but when I looked up at the menu and saw the Taco Burger, my mouth began to water. I was the kind of tween that was too young to babysit, and had never heard of an allowance, so my pockets were empty. [...]