Thursday, May 19, 2016

Book Beginning: Family Album by Penelope Lively


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



Gina turned the car off the road and into the driveway of Allersmead. At this point she seemed to see her entire life flash by.

-- Family Album by Penelope Lively.

This Aga Saga has a bite to it as we pick through the growing up years of the sprawling Harper family. It's reminiscent of Ian McEwan's family novels, as one would expect from the author of Moon Tiger, the Booker winner about a brother and sister enjoying a particularly close relationship.

TBT: Review: How to Find Morels

Throw Back Thursday

This review of How to Find Morels by Milan Pelouch, was first posted on March 29, 2008. I chose to repost it now because I've recently recommended this book to several people thinking of going morel mushroom hunting and because I love the enthusiasm in this little book. It will inspire anyone to dive into a hobby.  

Milan Pelouch is a 78 year old mushroom hunter who, in his charming guide, How to Find Morels (subtitled Even as Others are Coming Back Empty Handed) teaches how to identify and locate his favorite morels.

This slim volume is packed with practical information such as photographs identifying “true” and “false” morels, when to expect morels in different regions, and how to locate elusive morels by finding specific types of trees on which the mushrooms thrive. It is also full of folksy advice like the best way to carry morels while hunting (in a cloth bag) and the best way to store them (sauté in butter and freeze in plastic bags). He even includes several of his wife’s best morel recipes.

The book is a refreshing exhortation to enjoy the healthy, educational, and tasty pastime of mushroom hunting. Even for an armchair forager, How to Find Morels is a delight. As Pelouch says, “In less than an hour you can gain the needed know-how and will be flashing a big smile on the way home from a successful hunt instead of stewing in frustration after being skunked once again.” You can’t beat that!

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