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New blog post: Review: Ghettoside by Jill Leovy - Ghettoside: A Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ghettoside, by LA Times reporter Jill Leovy, is a book that is simultaneously easy and hard to read. Well-written, literary, intelligent, human…and filled with the commonplace tragedy found in certain neighborhoods of Los Angeles, leaving this reader with tears in virtually every chapter. Leovy brings stories to vivid life, accounts that are m... http://ow.ly/2VPIvo
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New blog post: Review: The Art of Eating, by M.F.K. Fisher - The Art of Eating: 50th Anniversary Edition by M.F.K. Fisher My rating: 5 of 5 stars There are five books contained in M.F.K. Fisher’s voluminous omnibus The Art of Eating, covering a wide swath of her writing (and eating) in the first half of the 20th Century. There is autobiography, gastronomy, history, even strategies for eating well during wartime rationing — a vast feast of thoughts on cuisine and the enj... http://ow.ly/2U82Xu
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New blog post: Review: Budget Bytes by Beth Moncel - Budget Bytes: Over 100 Easy, Delicious Recipes to Slash Your Grocery Bill in Half by Beth Moncel My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve been a huge fan of Beth Moncel’s Budget Bytes blog for years now, and she and her editors did an excellent job of translating her friendly, patient approach into a cookbook format. It’s a perfect gateway into the wider world of cooking, including a good range of recipes that slowly expand knowl... http://ow.ly/2Spc0P
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New blog post: White Teeth by Zadie Smith: Review - White Teeth by Zadie Smith My rating: 4 of 5 stars Of (Mad) Mice and (English) Men I was ordering coffee a couple of weeks ago, holding White Teeth, and the barista asked me what it was about. I’m just a couple of chapters in, I told him, so I’m still working that out. Having finished the novel now, I can answer the question up to a point, but to do so I suspect I’d just be retelling the entire story. That in mind, I w... http://ow.ly/2Qn9NO
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New blog post: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King: Review http://ow.ly/2NZPim
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New blog post: The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais: Review http://ow.ly/2LSbt7
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New blog post: Review: The Te of Piglet, by Benjamin Hoff - The Te Of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff My rating: 2 of 5 stars After enjoying Benjamin Hoff’s Tao of Pooh, with its delightful introduction of Taoist ideas using the classic A.A. Milne characters, I approached the rather thicker Te of Piglet with gleeful anticipation. Alas, if only the book were thinner. There are still the interactions, albeit somewhat less adorable, with the denizens of the Hundred-Acre Wood, but ... http://ow.ly/2Tse4u
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New blog post: Review: Tau Zero, by Poul Anderson - Tau Zero by Poul Anderson My rating: 3 of 5 stars Alas, this fantastical, relativistic journey through spacetime has squashed the humans in the book into two-dimensional simulacra with stilted dialogue, the emotional intelligence/range of turnips, and a protagonist who spends his time chewing scenery — and by scenery, I mean the other horribly stereotyped characters. It is sexist, borderline racist, and entirely too na... http://ow.ly/2RW4tD
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New blog post: Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell: Review - Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell My rating: 4 of 5 stars It is something of a slog through Orwell's descriptions of the brutal trench war he experienced, alternating with attempts to explain the complicated politics making up the Spanish Civil War. Even as he grimly sketches the fractured, kaleidoscopic factions arrayed on the anti-Fascist [] http://ow.ly/2OTHPU
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New blog post: The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka: Review - The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka My rating: 5 of 5 stars Perfection. Utter perfection.The forward by director David Cronenberg, drawing parallels between "The Metamorphosis" and his movie "The Fly" not to mention movingly relating the story to waking up to find oneself transformed into an old man.The afterword by translator Susan Bernofsky in which [] http://ow.ly/2M43ew
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New blog post: Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid: Review - Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid My rating: 5 of 5 stars Jamaica Kincaid distills a lot of childhood into this slim volume, embodied in the unforgettable character of Annie John who, despite her typically child-like self-centeredness and powerful drive for independence, longs for the love of those around her. With the story taking place in [] http://ow.ly/2LuTXq
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The Celsius1414 Journal is written by Robert Daeley of Claremont, California. He writes, programs, cooks, eats, reads, games, photographs, travels, bicycles, and hikes. And, as will become immediately apparent, he is easily distracted.