Book of the Week: ‘Save Me the Plums’
Aug20

Book of the Week: ‘Save Me the Plums’

Save Me the Plums Ruth Reichl 2019, 288 pages Nonfiction   Ruth Reichl was a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times and an author. She knew nothing about running a magazine. So she was floored when Condé Nast asked if she would like to be editor in chief of Gourmet magazine. Ruth’s love affair with Gourmet started when she was 8 years old and she visited a used book shop with her father. On the floor were...

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Book of the Week: ‘The Farmer’s Son’
Aug13

Book of the Week: ‘The Farmer’s Son’

The Farmer’s Son:Calving Season on a Family Farm John Connell 2018, 243 pages Nonfiction   John’s family has been in farming in Ireland for generations. But as a young man John left the farming life to pursue a writing career. He lived in Australia and Canada and wrote articles and books. But things went wrong, and John came home to Ireland to work on the farm. John became depressed, and writes honestly about how it affected him. A...

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Book of the Week: ‘Scandal Above Stairs’
Aug07

Book of the Week: ‘Scandal Above Stairs’

Scandal Above Stairs Jennifer Ashley 2018, 309 pages Historical mystery   It is 1881, and Kat Holloway is in command as the cook at Lord Rankin’s elegant home in London. Lord Rankin is away, and his sister-in-law, Lady Cynthia, stays there with her relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Bywater. Cynthia is young and gets into scrapes with her friends, shockingly wearing men’s clothing at night when they go out. Kat is an excellent cook, and she is...

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Book of the Week: ‘Art Matters’
Jul30

Book of the Week: ‘Art Matters’

Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World By Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell 2018, 100 pages Nonfiction – Motivational   Art Matters is a small book full of big ideas. Neil Gaiman has combined four personal essays with vibrant illustrations by Chris Riddell to create an inspirational manifesto for living, reading, assembling furniture and, especially, making art. “Credo” expresses Gaiman’s belief in and love...

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Book of the Week: ‘The Well’
Jul23

Book of the Week: ‘The Well’

The Well Catherine Chanter 2016, 400 pages Literary Fiction/Suspense Thriller   Set in Great Britain on a small farm that is the only place to have regular rainfall in a country experiencing a multi-year drought, Ruth and her husband Mark find themselves the unintentional and unwilling focus of a nation in search of answers. But Ruth has questions of her own, and she is driving herself mad trying to get to the truth. The couple...

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