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2 04, 2017

Greek Grilled Chicken & Hummus Wrap

By | 2017-04-02T19:09:12+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|main dishes, sandwiches|0 Comments

Cumin photo credit: Photo credit: Iqbal Osman1 via Visualhunt / CC BY I’m nuts for hummus right now. It even gets me to eat my vegetables. Nothing better than some yummy garlic and lemon to make the baby carrots go down. My hummus habit may bankrupt me. So I tried to make it [...]

6 11, 2016

Ann Patchett Does It Again

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:12+00:00 November 6th, 2016|good fiction, sandwiches, soups|0 Comments

Ann Patchett is getting to be a favorite author around here. Commonwealth, her latest, opens at an alcohol-fueled christening party. Imagine yourself, a cop, father of the new baby, opening the door to find a colleague ready to step across your threshold, uninvited. And by the time the party’s over, he and your wife are in love. Commonwealth wastes little time on the spark that [...]

9 10, 2016

Could You Write a Book About Your Dad?

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:13+00:00 October 9th, 2016|good nonfiction, sandwiches|0 Comments

Mari Sandoz’s daddy could have been a dignified doctor, living the gracious life in Switzerland. But a money fight with his own father, and the promise of free land in America — Heck, just plain freedom from everything, like interfering fathers — and the headstrong Jules Sandoz boarded a boat for the new world. Thus launches Sandoz’s novelized biography, Old Jules. All that free farmland [...]

25 09, 2016

On Looking Up Old Flames

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:13+00:00 September 25th, 2016|good fiction, main dishes, sandwiches|0 Comments

How do you, a married woman, justify looking up an old flame? Well, it’s never justifiable. But specifically, how does Judith Toomey Whitman, the protagonist of Tom McNeal’s novel, To Be Sung Underwater, justify it? Does the fact that her husband constantly works late do it? And that his comely secretary always appears in these “work late” scenes? To Be Sung jumps back and forth [...]

18 09, 2016

Turn on Your Radio

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:13+00:00 September 18th, 2016|brownies, good nonfiction, main dishes, salads, sandwiches|0 Comments

As social habits go, listening to talk radio rates somewhere between shopping at Wal-Mart in your pajamas and tossing litter out of your car window. Especially if your afternoon fix is Rush Limbaugh. I’ve eaten dinner with friends who dismissed the “dittoheads” they know as crazy sheep-like paranoids who take their marching orders from a bombastic liar. But I like the guy. I’ll gladly listen. [...]

7 08, 2016

If You Want To Know What Really Happened . . .

By | 2017-05-17T15:13:29+00:00 August 7th, 2016|good nonfiction, main dishes, salads, sandwiches, side dishes|0 Comments

Just curious: I know you love books. But which do you love best? Book-books? The kind with the spine that breaks if you keep your place by resting it upside down? The kind where you get to turn the pages? Or e-books? The kind where you can read in bed without your flashlight? The kind where you can take whole libraries on your trip [...]

10 07, 2016

Can I Eat From Your Plate?

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:14+00:00 July 10th, 2016|good nonfiction, main dishes, sandwiches|0 Comments

How about you and I sit down to a lunch of these tasty Easy Salsa Sloppy Joes, and I’ll just reach over and help myself to half the chips on your plate. You don’t mind, do you? Oh, you do. Well then. How about you and I take a hike at state park together? Go ahead and strap on your backpack. And wait just a [...]

8 05, 2016

Your Miracle is On Its Way

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:15+00:00 May 8th, 2016|good nonfiction, main dishes, sandwiches|0 Comments

If you or your loved ones are currently battling cancer, you might not be in the mood to read Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies: a Biography of Cancer. But the rest of us might find Mukherjee's book an illuminating read. How did they understand the disease centuries ago, when medicine was little more than blind supposition? The list of cures might make you [...]

24 01, 2016

Check Out These Writers

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:17+00:00 January 24th, 2016|sandwiches|0 Comments

Let’s say you are the mother of a teenage girl. Let’s say you’ve convinced her to wait to have sex. But she’s surrounded by other teenagers that are doing it. You want her to know that becoming a mom at age fifteen is not the way to go. She nods like Yeah, yeah, Mom, but then one of her friends has a baby and all [...]

3 01, 2016

Are You Expat Material?

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:18+00:00 January 3rd, 2016|good nonfiction, sandwiches, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Take an ordinary American family: mom, dad, two young boys. Put them through a common American ordeal: packing up their furniture, their books, their toys, and moving it all to a new home. In Beijing. Foremost Good Fortune is Susan Conley’s memoir of two and a half years in China which, I don’t have to tell you, doesn’t much resemble her native Portland, Maine. For [...]