The Chef and the Slow Cooker: Book review and a giveaway

I like my slow cooker for the convenience of knowing that dinner can be waiting for us at the end of a busy day. There are things I've made in the slow cooker that were good and others that were less so, but I wouldn't have characterized anything I made in the slow cooker as … Continue reading The Chef and the Slow Cooker: Book review and a giveaway

Book Review: The Wild Book by Margarita Engle

My daughter chose The Wild Book by Margarita Engle because she loved the cover. I could tell the book would be too hard for her (a kindergartener) to read herself, but we always check out some library books that I will read to her. I didn't know anything about the book when we got it. It turned out … Continue reading Book Review: The Wild Book by Margarita Engle

Beyond 1984: A Trump-inspired dystopian reading list

The book 1984 by George Orwell has been at the top of the Amazon best seller list for days. The interest in 1984 is so high that print copies are currently sold out. It seems the inauguration of Donald Trump has quite a few people thinking in dystopian terms. This inspired a friend to ask on Facebook … Continue reading Beyond 1984: A Trump-inspired dystopian reading list

Book recommendations based on other things you like

Recently my cousin Kat Strack has been posting small picture collages on Facebook. Each collage recommends a book based on other things that you have liked. I found them clever, so I asked if I could share them here. She said yes, so here nine book recommendations based on other things you like. If you've … Continue reading Book recommendations based on other things you like

The Warmth of Other Suns reveals a “mirage of equality” in America

I recently read The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. The full title of the book is The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration. The book is a non-fiction exploration of how and why six million black people left the American South over the course of six decades in … Continue reading The Warmth of Other Suns reveals a “mirage of equality” in America