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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 [...]

The King’s Grave: The Discovery of Richard III’s Lost Burial Place and the Clues It Holds by Phillipa Langley

Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England, was slain in the final battle of the Wars of the Roses at Bosworth Field in 1485.  As well as being a notable character in history, Richard is the subject of many books and a Shakespeare play, as well as of controversy that has spanned centuries.  Was [...]

The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation by Mollie Katzen

It’s so easy to enjoy cookbooks.  We ALL like to eat after all, but one of the great joys of cookery tomes is that they are most often designed for durability and collectability.  The weight and sheen of the paper is lovely and the photographs inspiring. With all that as a ‘given’, what makes any [...]

Girl Hunter by Georgia Pellegrini

In Girl Hunter, author Georgia Pellegrini is on a mission to try and eat more meat that she hunts and kills and less meat from grocery stores.  Already a chef by trade, she also blogs about food and wrote Food Heroes.  She reminisces about when she was a little girl, she was always out in [...]

Dogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs by David Rosenfelt

Animal rescue groups probably wish they could clone mystery author David Rosenfelt and his wife Debbie-I know I do.  Rosenfelt was never around dogs much until he met Debbie ad got to know her golden retriever, Tara.  When Tara dies, David wants to get another dog immediately but Debbie is unsure.  They compromise by volunteering [...]

Bootstrapper: from Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm by Mardi Jo Link

“Perpetual good cheer, it turns out, can kill a marriage”-I love that line from Bootstrapper: from broke to badass on a northern Michigan farm by Mardi Jo Link.  After a 20 year marriage and 3 sons, the author finally gets to live on a farm with her family like she has dreamed of doing since she [...]

Tell About Night Flowers: Eudora Welty’s Gardening Letters, 1940-1949 by Eudora Welty

I know nothing about floral gardens…or any gardens for that matter, yet I was transfixed by Eudora Welty’s Tell about Night Flowers: Eudora Welty’s Gardening Letters, 1940-1949. Why? Certainly because these letters were written by one of America’s finest writers…and because they provide insight into a world long gone, that of the United States during [...]

Home Made Summer by Yvette Van Boven

Home Made Summer is a beautifully designed book.  It’s a cookbook written by Yvette Van Boven, with wonderful photography by Oof Verschuren.  Every second page contains a full page photo of the ingredients/recipe item.  The book is from stewart tabori & chang, an imprint of Abrams.  It’s appropriately European in context, given Van Boven’s day-to-day [...]

The World We Have: a Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology by Thich Nhat Hanh

“Only when we combine environmentalism with spiritual practice, will we find the tools to make the profound personal transformations needed to address the planetary crisis” writes Melvin McLeod in his recommendation for reading The World we have: a Buddhist approach to Peace and Ecology  by Thich Nhat Hanh. This tiny book (141 pages, 4.5 x [...]

Full Body Burden by Kirsten Iversen

Kirsten Iversen grew up in the seventies and though she lived in Colorado and I lived in Indiana, our childhoods were very much alike.  Every kid in the neighborhood had either a horse or a dirt bike.  Moms kicked kids out of the house after breakfast and didn’t want them back inside until dinner.  However, [...]

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