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The Food of Vietnam by Luke Nguyen

Luke Nguyen is an Australian restaurateur and celebrity chef, whose family left Vietnam in the late 70s as so-called boat people. The Food of Vietnam is a big, splashy, beautiful book which combines a personal travelog with many appetizing recipes. We had this book at… Read More

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American Splendor

I never imagined I would find myself writing a graphic novel. After all, I was never really into comics as a kid nor did I get excited by more literary comic book efforts as an adult. It wasn’t until Jacob Yerex read my little book,… Read More

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Lonesome Dove

My friend East Texas Red recommended Larry McMurtry’s 1985 novel, Lonesome Dove to me, and mailed me his copy. I just finished it this evening. It’s a beast of a book, 842 pages, but all written in very readable prose. At some point while reading… Read More

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Last book of 2018

Sometimes I enjoy reading books I might not ordinarily read, or books which I stumble on. Tuffy P brought home a few well used novels recently. She knows I enjoy an occasional spy novel so she included some books by well-known spy novelist John Le… Read More

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Unearthed

Unearthed (with the subtitle: Love, Acceptance, and Other Lessons from an Abandoned Garden) is a memoir by a writer who lives in Toronto, named Alexandra Risen. Tuffy P recently bought me a copy of this book at the Toronto Botanical Gardens. It interested me right… Read More

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Yeshiva Girl

I don’t have any kind of plan as to the books I read. I come to them or they come to me in all kinds of different ways. I like it that way. I read Yeshiva Girl by Rachel Mankowitz because I’ve followed Rachel’s blog,… Read More

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Can you ever Forgive Me?

I wouldn’t know anything about Lee Israel’s curious life of crime, nor her book about it, had it not been for the movie trailers I’ve seen for the film of the same name, starring comic actor Melissa McCarthy in what has been touted as her… Read More

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This Wheel’s on Fire

I just finished reading Levon Helm’s 1993 memoir, This Wheel’s on Fire. I had heard about it, heard the book was infused with his bitterness toward Robbie Robertson. Tuffy P ordered up a copy online the other day and I gobbled it up. I don’t… Read More