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18 12, 2016

We Love Winston Churchill

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:11+00:00 December 18th, 2016|good nonfiction, soups|0 Comments

We can be assured that Winston Churchill was truly a lion of history, not only because books about him run more than a thousand pages. I just finished reading The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm by William Manchester (1183 pages) and isn't it pretty good proof of Churchill's lion-ness that it took three books for the author to adequately cover Sir Winston’s eventful [...]

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 [...]

2 10, 2016

Let Us Now Argue About Evolution

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:13+00:00 October 2nd, 2016|breads, candies, soups|0 Comments

Tom Wolfe is my writer hero. And he’s been busy lately, writing The Kingdom of Speech. Our top evolutionists and linguists recently admitted that, despite what they’ve been teaching for years about how man, the only “animal” that can speak, developed the power of language, they really can’t find any evidence for their theories. Wolfe, stumbling upon this admission, couldn’t help himself. He sat down [...]

15 05, 2016

Not Quite Identity Theft, But I’d Keep an Eye Out

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

I’ll just start today by assuring you that I’m not Kristen Carson, the soccer star. You can look her up if you want, but it ain't me. I’m also not Kristen Carson, the owner of kristencarson.com. That’s some chick in Texas who owns the domain and isn’t interested in selling it, though all she’s done with it so far is save it in a drawer [...]

20 12, 2015

Miracle Pill

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:18+00:00 December 20th, 2015|breads, good fiction, soups|0 Comments

I guess I’ve turned into an Ann Patchett fan. We recently discussed her Bel Canto here and now we have moved on to her State of Wonder, a drama that combines medical intrigue with jungle adventure. The action starts when Marina, a doctor in the employ of a Minnesota pharmaceutical company, receives word that her colleague has died. His body is still down in the [...]

2 11, 2015

How Not to Crash a Birthday Party

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:19+00:00 November 2nd, 2015|breads, good fiction, soups, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tell me if this is how last day of your vacation goes: You gather up your toiletries and dirty laundry and stuff them into your suitcase. You buckle into your car/plane seat and watch sadly out the window as the skyscrapers/seacoast/mountain range recedes from view You regret all the shops you didn’t shop/restaurants you didn’t try/views you didn’t gaze on. You wish you could stay [...]

28 09, 2015

If You Need a Drug, Why Not Food?

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:20+00:00 September 28th, 2015|cakes, desserts, salads, sandwiches, side dishes, soups|0 Comments

Sometimes the cow patties in a book are like weeds in the sidewalk cracks. It’s hard to keep a few from springing up. Best not criticize, unless your own sidewalk is weed-free. But when Carl Hiaasen wrote Star Island, I’m pretty sure he hauled along a bag of weed seeds and poured them in the sidewalk cracks on purpose. That said, he wrote a pretty [...]

5 10, 2014

The Red Hat Doesn’t Fit

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:28+00:00 October 5th, 2014|soups|1 Comment

I can't argue with success.Haywood Smith has published a decent-size list of books, several of which belong to her Red Hat series.  So, anticipating a tale full of lively menopausal characters like the red-hatted ladies you may have spotted at your local airport, I opened Smith's Ladies of the Lake and commenced her tale of four sisters, Dahlia, Rose, Iris and Violet.The action jumped from [...]

27 01, 2014

A Blizzard Named Franzi and Another One Named Doris

By | 2014-11-17T17:46:23+00:00 January 27th, 2014|main dishes, sandwiches, soups|0 Comments

We are supposed to hole up this week around here, to not go outside risking life and limb in the howling arctic winds.  But Bye-Bye Nesquik is running low on wet cat food, not to mention that her  mullet needs a trim, bad.In fact, the winds just started up.  They make the house crackle and the kitten dash from room to room, her eyes all [...]