BookClique

Here we will post our musings on a wide variety of titles. You can comment on our posts and find the titles in our catalog.

The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

Although it might seem like establishing our national parks and wilderness areas was probably a bipartisan no brainer, it was not.  In our modern world, there are people who are ambivalent about conservation but can you believe that long ago there were politicians and many wealthy people totally against conservation?  I was astonished when I [...]

Ottolenghi: the Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi

Ottolenghi: the Cookbook has a cover that upsets librarians! When this New York Times top title  is returned, we gasp! Why? Because Jonathon Lovekin’s clever food photographextends beyond its borders to create the illusion of a book smeared with food. And what delicious food it is! Ottolenghi features 140 recipes culled from the popular Ottolenghi restaurants [...]

Dog Songs by Mary Oliver

I love dogs, and I love poems, and I happened across this book quite by accident. When I saw it, I immediately had to snatch it up, and I read it in one day. This was a library copy, and so, after finishing the book, I had to immediately buy a copy for myself. This [...]

Vanity Fair 100 Years by Graydon Carter

Weighing in at 8.5 pounds and measuring 14.4 x 11.5 x 1.5 inches, Vanity Fair 100 Years, is a sumptuous celebration of the magazine and the culture from the jazz age to today. With a tip of the hat to the origin of the phrase, (Vanity Fair appears as a place for rascality in John [...]

Great Design by Philip Wilkinson

Dorling Kindersley is the British publisher best known for its many visual explorer titles for children. I was somewhat surprised to see this entry for adults. This 2013 title,Great Design, has made the New York Times Notable books of 2013 It’s no wonder. Befittingly, this book on great design…is a beautifully designed visual feast! Each 2-4 [...]

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett is one of America’s best essayists and fiction writers writing today. Readers know her best for Bel Canto and State of Wonder.  She has written 6 novels and 3 works of nonfiction.  Patchett is the winner of the Pen/Faulkner award, England’s Orange Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. What surprised [...]

The Southerner’s Handbook by David Dibenedetto

The editors of one of my favorite magazines (Garden & Gun) have come out with a book entitled The Southerner’s Handbook which is a really good read.  There are essays on manners, hunting, gardening, clothing, food, drink, etc. by different authors.  My personal favorite was “Sweet Tea: A Love Story” by Allison Glock.   I have [...]

Crossing the Borders of Time by Leslie Maitland

It’s 1942 and at a critical juncture in this biographical work, the author’s mother, an 18-year old German Jew from Frieberg, leaves Marseille by ship for Cuba.  Her French Catholic lover rows after her until she disappears.  It’s an image that’s easily trivialized; we have seen it in countless movies.  How the characters got to [...]

The Creation of Anne Bolelyn: a New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen by Susan Bordo

There has been no dearth of books about, and fascination with, Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII of England’s second wife. Of the 16th -century monarch’s six wives, Boleyn was the first of two to be executed. Whether her death was justified or based on conspiracy and false charges is a matter still widely debated today. [...]

Five Days at Memorial-Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

Imagine that Hurricane Katrina, a Category 5 hurricane, has just ravaged the hospital in which you took shelter. Now the flood waters are rising, there isn’t any power, it’s extremely hot, and you feel as if you have been abandoned. Who decides who leads? Who lives? Who dies? Who suffers? Is anyone ever qualified to [...]

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