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Reviewed by Sara Dalton
I love new book day. When my books arrive for review, I take some time to sit and open the envelope and revel in each title. This book came all by itself but I took as much time as I would have for three books. The first thing I noticed after opening it was the texture of the pages. It was not what I expected but it’s exactly what was needed. Though this book is well bound and has gorgeous, full color illustrations on almost every page, they are not slick and glossy. The feel of the pages is perfect for this book. Dishing up the Dirt is written by Andrea Bemis and she, along with her husband, is a farmer. Farming is not an easy life of leisure that will leave you with baby soft hands and clean fingernails. Feeling my baby soft hands rasp over the pages of the book gave me a tangible connection to the author. It felt like a friendly handshake.
Reviewed by Holly Madison
In order to properly review this book, I should probably start with a tiny bit about myself. I am a self-made entrepreneur, and I started my business almost four years ago.
Back then, my husband and I were at an all time low. He had just been laid off, and we had exactly $220 in our bank account. One day, out of pure luck, I stumbled across a fantastic business opportunity and a chance to buy a bunch of left over fiber from a nearby farm. After a lot of convincing, I finally talked my husband into spending $200 to buy the entire stash of alpaca…convinced that I could prep it myself and sell it on Etsy to make money. That left us with $20 to live off of.
The constant struggle for a novelist is to ’show, don’t tell’. On the other hand, for film, it is almost the opposite, for putting the words with directions on the paper, the actors have a better grasp of the person they are conveying to the rest of the world.
What, then, could be better than a writer who primarily works in film to follow up her acclaimed film Victoria with the novel about that same subject? Makes perfect sense to me! I found Victoria, the book, to be entirely engrossing to the point of not wanting to put it down for any length of time–and I already knew how it would end! Yikes.
Reviewed by Nina Longfield
Hound of the Sea by Garrett McNamara is a memoir that delves into the hypnotic draw of big wave surfing. This book, however, is also a look back to an unconventional childhood. McNamara was born at the tail end of the flower power era with parents who embraced the concepts of peace, love, sex, drugs, and communal experimentation. Throughout his memoir, McNamara dips into his past sharing vignettes of memories. Using his own recollections as well as stories he heard from others, McNamara creates a picture of a boy with an unconventional childhood growing into a man with an exceptional occupation.
It is never easy to review cookbooks since they are so different from normal books. I decided that I had to read The Chef Next Door because I have been a fan of Amanda Freitag for several years, since I first saw her on the Food Network. She has always had such a kind and knowledgeable demeanor, and I knew that her expertise would translate into a fantastic books. I was not wrong.
I should start by saying that I am not the typical reader for a cookbook like this. I am a vegetarian, and even the thought of fish or anything seafood makes me squeamish. But I do have people in my life who enjoy meat, and I figured that I might be able to learn something from this book. I am
When you think of geography, what are the words that come to mind? When I was in elementary school, I remember it as being boring, meaningless and tedious. As a child, it didn’t connect to my small world. Other than family vacations to other states, I had no real concept that the geography of a country could vary so widely. Why could we pick apples in our backyard but not oranges? Why did the water in our lakes taste so different than the salty ocean? Don’t get me wrong, we learned the answers to these questions, but the maps filled with words were so far removed from the concrete realm of childhood that they just didn’t mean much.
So, when I saw the Smithsonian Young Explorers: 50 States, I knew I was
One of the best ways to get kids interested in classical music is to just expose them to it on a regular basis. Have it playing from the time they are little. But what can you do to help explain to a child who hasn’t been exposed to classical music and symphonies exactly what they are? In Welcome to the Symphony, Carolyn Sloan takes on this project by combining a love of music and a love of books and creating something that is fun, engaging, and educational.
Throughout the book there are three mice who are watching as an orchestra comes together to play a symphony. They learn about what a symphony is, how an orchestra is directed, and what instruments make up the orchestra. What makes this book even more unique
I will admit to wanting to review Passenger simply because of its cover–it’s gorgeous. But then, I read the description and fell in love with it. After all, who doesn’t love a book with time travel in it? Passenger by Alexandra Bracken has it all: love, adventure, time travel, mystery, murder, history, danger lurking around every corner, and betrayal all thrown into one. This book will not disappoint the reader. I could not put it down and I am anxiously awaiting for the sequel. I have to find out what happens!
Passenger is the story of Etta and Nicholas and how they are thrown together by the Ironwoods family. Etta finds out that she has inherited a legacy she had no idea about and must find a certain object before the Ironwoods. She has lost everything she loves and knows
I read an article somewhere recently about some institution that is translating the works of Shakespeare into contemporary English. I say contemporary because Shakespeare’s English is modern. Although, perhaps Shakespeare is a bit dated for the contemporary casual reader (or theatergoer). It could be this idea that led to the writing of Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups: Everything You Need to Know About the Bard. After all, Foley and Coates sum up all of The Bard’s plays with a single sentence synopsis each.
Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups is so much more than a simple summary of the man’s plays. Foley and Coates present exactly what they claim: “everything you need to know about The Bard.” Shakespeare Basics For Grown-Ups is not a dry, pedagogical, pedantic tome of heavy explanation into the meanings