Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Five Faves: Food-Centered Memoirs


Food-centered memoirs are a big hit with me.  Reading these memoirs -- either classics or newer books -- is what makes the Foodies Read Challenge so much fun for me each year.

Here is a list of five of my particular favorite food memoirs:



FIVE FAVES

There are times when a full-sized book list is just too much; when the Top 100, a Big Read, or all the Prize winners seem like too daunting an effort. That's when a short little list of books grouped by theme may be just the ticket.

Inspired by Nancy Pearl's "Companion Reads" chapter in Book Lust – themed clusters of books on subjects as diverse as Bigfoot and Vietnam – I decided to start occasionally posting lists of five books grouped by topic or theme. I call these posts my Five Faves.

Feel free to grab the button and play along. Use today's theme or come up with your own. If you post about it, please link back to here and leave the link to your post in a comment. If you want to participate but don't have a blog or don't feel like posting, please share your list in a comment.


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: Carry the Sky by Kate Gray



By the end of those parties, the tables in our living room with little cities, full of empty glasses, glasses with a cube or two, glasses with red lipstick on rims. By the end, my mother and father were fighting.

Carry the Sky by Kate Gray, published by Forest Avenue Press.

Kate Gray is a Connecticut transplant to Oregon, a teacher, and a poet, the author of three published volumes of poetry.  Set in a Delaware boarding school in the 1980s, Carry the Sky is her beautiful, sad, funny first novel.


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Book Beginning: Carry the Sky by Kate Gray



THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

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YOUR BOOK BEGINNING



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One foot in the single shell like a blue heron lifting off water, I pushed off from the dock and lowered myself into the seat. In twenty strokes I cleared the cove.

Carry the Sky by Kate Gray, published by Forest Avenue Press.

Kate Gray is a poet and teacher, the author of three poetry collections. Carry the Sky is her beautiful, sad, funny first novel, set in a boarding school in the 1980s, which has gained praise from readers and fellow writers.


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: The Court that Tamed the West



The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club started in Fontana, just west of San Bernardino, around 1948. . . .  Although club members claimed to be nothing more than fun-loving motorcycle riders, the Angels came to be viewed by the government as an extensive drug ring and crime organization akin to the mafia.

--  The Court that Tamed the West: From the Gold Rush to the Tech Boom by Richard Cahan, Pia Hinckle, and Jessica Royer Ocken, published by Heyday Books

The Court that Tamed the West is the history of the American West through an examination of the judges and the cases heard in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, one of the most influential courts in America..  It offers an inside look at some of the biggest events to shape our country, such as the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, Vietnam War draft dodging, and the environmental court battles of the more recent decades.


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Mailbox Monday: Carry the Sky by Kate Gray



Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event. Mailbox Monday has now returned to its permanent home where you can link to your MM post.

I got one book last week, and I am very excited to read it:



Carry the Sky by Kate Gray, published by Forest Avenue Press.

Kate Gray is a teacher and poet, the author of three poetry collections. Carry the Sky is her beautiful, sad, funny first novel, set in a New England boarding school in the 1980s.  The book has already garnered praise from readers and fellow writers.


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