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Plastic Purge by Michael SanClements

I wish everyone would read Plastic Purge: How to Use Less Plastic, Eat Better, Keep Toxins Out of Your Body and Help Save the Sea Turtles! by Michael SanClements.  It’s exactly the type of book I like because it’s not preachy.  The author is asked to address this issue, and by keeping a one day [...]

Last Night at the Viper Room by Gavin Edwards

Though his film career was cut tragically short by his drug-related death in 1993 at age 23, actor River Phoenix made a lasting impression on critics, audiences and fans with his movie roles and social consciousness.  Gavin Edwards explores both Phoenix’s life, family dynamic and the culture of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s in this [...]

Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor

The publication of Flannery O’Connor’s Prayer Journal including a hand-written facsimile, follows the young writer while she agonizes about her writing vocation at the University of Iowa in 1946-47. Some 40 pages in length, these meditations have a lot to say about the creative impulse and the role of will, talent, and grace in determining [...]

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 [...]

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