Wow, I am still definitely not reading at quite the clip I usually do. It's cool, as I'm still filling my time with fun activities like baby-holding and spending time with family and friends. I enjoyed my 20th high school reunion this past weekend. Call me crazy, but I actually like reunions. It's very liberating to chat with people without being choked by my own awkwardness/gawkiness/hormones.
However, I have managed to push through a couple of great books in the last couple of weeks!
Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl
If you love food, you should try to read some Ruth Reichl. The way she describes her culinary experiences is out of this world – you really feel like you’re eating whatever it is right along with her. That said, the food in Save Me the Plums is not showcased quite as much as in her other books, but this was still a great read about Reichl’s time as Editor-in-Chief of Gourmet magazine. I really enjoy books about workplace dynamics AND I love food so this was a win for me. Ruth Reichl is an easygoing gal with an amazing palate and has had quite the career.
Oh and it includes recipes!
Daughter of Molokai by Alan Brennert
It’s been a long time since our book club read Moloka'i, but I recollect that all of us absolutely loved it. So I have been looking forward to reading the sequel for months. I finally got around to it, and it was solid. It featured a crappy part of American history I knew nothing about, so that was eye-opening. Aside from that section, Daughter of Molokai was lighter on plot and heavier on character. My one gripe was that it was sentimental enough in parts that it almost became sappy. In short, the daughter of Moloka'i’s life sorta sucked for the first half of the book and then it was just pretty much great for the second half – not a pattern I’m used to in the average novel.
If you liked Moloka'i – this is a must-read. If you haven't, you should read it. It's about Hawaii and leprosy and love and loss.
I’m flying through a book suggested to me by my Foundation Council President, which is loads of fun AND it means I can read at work cuz it’s FOR WORK! Right?
Also on my phone I’ve got a book of micro-memoirs all ready to go. Ain’t no memoir like a micro-memoir! I got time for that!
What are YOU reading?
9/24/2019 01:45:32 pm
You and I have loved the Ruth Reichl books before and I remember that she puts you right into the scene which enhances the enjoyment of the book. I've read quite a bit about the leprosy issues and the whole colony in Hawaii before, so I would find this second book interesting as well. Should I read the first one and then this or is it stand alone?
9/24/2019 01:48:24 pm
Definitely read Moloka'i first. You'll find it super interesting, I think.
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Mom of four, wife of one. By day I fund-raise with coffee, by night I read with wine and chocolate.