Time // 8:50 a.m. Place // My sister’s kitchen table in Minneapolis Eating // Cherries (I cannot get enough of them this time of year) Drinking // Water Reading // I had a pretty quiet reading week. I didn’t finish any books, mostly because I spent a lot of my evenings at meetings. The weather [...]
As much as I love a good foodie memoir, one of the things that never rings quite true with me is the sophistication of the food — memoirs about food seem, inevitably, to be about people with palates that are more refined than average. But food is memory and family and important even when the only spices used on a roast chicken are garlic powder and Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, as Alex Witchel elegantly and poignantly points out in her memoir All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother’s Dementia, With Refreshments.
Welcome to the first day of The Classics Circuit for author Wilkie Collins! Over the next month you’ll be seeing posts reviewing a number of Collins’ books and talking about his life. You can follow this link to see a full list of classics tour spots over the next month. I somehow got the honor [...]
I wasn’t sure what to write about for Sunday Salon today because my reading life has felt pretty stagnant this week. But then @thebrainlair tweeted a blog post from Jim Burke at The English Teacher’s Companion called Remember to Read which gave me some inspiration. The post is about why English teachers need to make [...]
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I did a poll about a month ago asking for suggestions on what I read. I got a lot of awesome comments and was inspired to finish Lipstick Jihad by Azadeh Moaveni, High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, and I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley (review in progress). They were all awesome, so [...]
Last week I was awarded the Excessively Diverting Blog Award by AustenProse, thank you! This award was created by the bloggers at Jane Austen Today who describe the award like this: The aim of the Excessively Diverting Blog Award is to acknowledge writing excellence in the spirit of Jane Austen’s genius in amusing and delighting [...]
Jeanne at Necromancy Never Pays (what a great blog name!) sent me some questions last week to answer as part of that five questions thing that is going around. Jeanne asked me some great questions, so enjoy! 1. Have you ever bought a novel or recommended it to others based on a strong opinion or [...]
I rarely get books in the mail because I don’t usually do ARCs and don’t often enter in giveaways online. I don’t do ARCs because I like to read what I feel like reading without feeling obligated to get to a book specifically because I agreed to review it. I’m not sure why I don’t [...]
I’ll be gone from Thursday – Sunday volunteering with Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government. I get to spend four days hanging out at the Minnesota state capitol (pictured left), hanging out with some of the best high school students I can imagine working with. I’ll be without internet, a state I find almost tragic, but [...]