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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #157

What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories
A beloved culinary historian s short takes on six famous women through the lens of food and cooking what they ate and how their attitudes toward food offer surprising new insights into their lives. 
Everyone eats, and food touches on every aspect of our lives social and cultural, personal and political. Yet most biographers pay little attention to people s attitudes toward food, as if the great and notable never bothered to think about what was on the plate in front of them. Once we ask how somebody relates to food, we find a whole world of different and provocative ways to understand her. Food stories can be as intimate and revealing as stories of love, work, or coming-of-age. Each of the six women in this entertaining group portrait was famous in her time, and most are still famous in ours; but until now, nobody has told their lives from the point of view of the kitchen and the table. 
It s a lively and unpredictable array of women; what they have in common with one another (and us) is a powerful relationship with food. They include Dorothy Wordsworth, whose food story transforms our picture of the life she shared with her famous poet brother; Rosa Lewis, the Edwardian-era Cockney caterer who cooked her way up the social ladder; Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady and rigorous protector of the worst cook in White House history; Eva Braun, Hitler s mistress, who challenges our warm associations of food, family, and table; Barbara Pym, whose witty books upend a host of stereotypes about postwar British cuisine; and Helen Gurley Brown, the editor of Cosmopolitan, whose commitment to having it all meant having almost nothing on the plate except a supersized portion of diet gelatin."
Length: 320 pages (Hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: July 25th 2017 by Viking

Why I'm Waiting:

I love a good food memoir. I love the way food can connect people. How it can help us remember things that we might otherwise forget. 

Adventure Cats: Living Nine Lives to the FullestJust when you thought you knew all there was to know about cats comes the ultimate—and unexpected—guide to taking your cat into the wild. Here are cats walking on a leash. Cats hiking on a leash. Cats tramping through snow. Cats camping. Cats kayaking, canoeing, even surfing—yes, cats who love water.

When animal writer and active hiker Laura Moss couldn’t find an online resource for hitting the trail with her cat, she created one. took off like wildfire, with attention from Wired, the Huffington PostOutside magazine, BuzzFeed, and much more. Now, the book Adventure Cats—a collection of jaw-dropping photographs, inspiring stories of real-life cats, and all the how-to a cat owner needs—will take readers and their cats well beyond the backyard. Learn how to leash-train a cat. What to do if you encounter wildlife on the trail. Plus, winter safety tips, and how to bring a little bit of the outdoors to an indoor cat.

The stories themselves are catnip for animal lovers, from Nanakuli, the one-eyed cat who hangs ten; to Georgie, a four-year-old gray tabby who lives on a sailboat; to Quandary, who not only insists on hiking with her family but also teaches them a valuable lesson: When you follow your cat’s natural tendency to wander, you experience the outdoors at a slower, richer pace. This book will delight every cat person, regardless of whether their pet is inclined to adventure. (Take the quiz at the beginning of the book to find out!)
Length: 224 pages (Paperback)
Expected Publication Date: May 16th 2017 by Workman Publishing Company

Why I'm Waiting:

I'm the crazy cat lady who used to tandem walk her dog and cat until the cat started to relish her freedom on the leash and she started escaping the house so I have to try this one.

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

[Review]* Justice By Another Name by E.C. Hanes

Justice by Another NameSet against the backdrop of North Carolina’s powerful hog-producing industry, Justice by Another Name tells the story of Paul Reavis’s suspicious workplace death followed a year later by a senseless death of his young son Paulie. Lana Reavis, who believes her husband was murdered and her son the victim of deliberate negligence, enlists the aid of her long-ago boyfriend, Will Moser, who is currently chief deputy of Hogg County and the heir apparent to the local sheriff. As Will’s investigation unfolds, suspicious activities and cover-ups begin to emerge. All evidence points to Oris Martin, the powerful owner of Martin Farms, a huge hog-production enterprise and Hogg County’s largest employer, as the mastermind. Despite political pressure and physical threats to look the other way, Will continues his search for what really happened. Meanwhile, Lana, convinced that Oris will be beyond the reach of justice, devises a plan to avenge her family and destroy everything precious to Oris Martin.
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Length: 245 pages (Hardcover)
Series: N/A
Genre: Thriller
Publication Date: March 1st 2017 by RaneCoat Press

Think a life in the country is quite? Seemingly safe? Have you thought about moving to a backwoods county? Dreamt of sipping sweet tea while sitting on the porch swing breathing in the North Carolinian air? Me too. Except probably not where Will Moser chief deputy is.
There's just something about the politics of a small county that make everything seem so much more dangerous than anything that's happening in the big city. 
While only 245 pages long E.C. Hanes thriller packed a whale of a punch. Hogg County is a little and just like any small town things aren't at all like they seem in a postcards. There's a lot of secrets buried in the dry sunbaked dirt and Will Moser is right smack dab in the middle of a murder investigation involving a conspiracy theory centered around the county's biggest hog farmers and there is nothing he isn't willing to do to get to the bottom of the death he's investigating.  I  found Will Moser to be gruff but tenacious in his pursuit of justice. His uncanny ability to snuff out the clues that the bad guys had left, figuring no one in their podunk little county could be smart enough to put all the pieces. 
Justice By Another Name was one of those thrillers that really does depend on the smallest detail being given at just the right time to piece together the larger picture. While something may see insignificant, or irrelevant to the story a chapter later I'd find out that the author pulled a fast one on me and I'd be left trying to figure out how I'd missed it. 
Even though it was a shorter read it had an immense amount of detail, extremely well written characters and an amazing, creeping, slow building conclusion that came out of no where for me at least. I thought it was just the right amount of country without being overly so and would definitely recommend it to other fans of the small town thriller type reads. If slow building, character driven stories are what does it for you, I suggest giving Justice by Another Name a try and I am really looking forward to seeing if the author is going to stay the course and continue writing similar thrillers. 


Top Ten Tuesday #100

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. 
Top Ten Dead Authors I'd Love To Meet:

I know it sounds a little morbid, but the authors of yesteryear were just so damned interesting. 

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Jules Verne (February 8th 1828 - March 4th 1909) 
Considered by many (myself included) to be the 'Father of Science Fiction'. He was so ahead of his time you only have to look at his novels Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea or From the Earth to The Moon to see how advanced and ahead of his time he truly was.

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Lucy Maud Montgomery (November 30th 1874 - April 24th 1942)
Where would my youth have been if I didn't have Anne of Green Gables or Emily of New Moon to have kept me company in some of the darkest of times? I can imagine sitting on a porch swing in Green Gables hearing about her life.
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A.A. Milne (January 18th 1882 - January 31st 1956)
He created Winnie the Pooh. That alone makes me want to share a cup of coffee with him.

.Edgar Rice Burroughs
Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1st 1875 - March 19th 1950)
As a life long fan of Tarzan (was raised on the films) I'd love to sit down and share a drink with him. Talk about where he got his inspiration. Why did he chose to write about John Carter of Mars. Space travel? Time travel. These were big ideas for his time.

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (May 22nd 1859 - July 7th 1932) 
He's given us one of the most brilliant detectives in history. How he created Holmes and how he had him solving crimes was very advanced for his time. He was a brilliant man, and I'd love to pick his brain about his writing.

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Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) 
Author and illustrator of The Peter Rabbit series, known for her rich water colour paintings, and preserving lands that now make up most of Lake District National Park in the United Kingdom. I'd love to hear about her life in her words. What was it like as a woman in her time? I'd love to pick her brain over tea.

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Agatha Christie (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976)
She's still the top selling novelist of all time and she's been dead 41 years. I would love to learn about her writing process. What was it like to be a female mystery writer in a genre so male dominated?

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Anya Seton (January 23, 1904 – November 8, 1990)
Author of novels such as Katherine, Green Darkness, My Theodosia and Dragonwyck among many others. I first came across her writing back in 2010 when I read Green Darkness. Told in two time lines and very sensual and dark I would love to know more about her as not very much has been written about her. 

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Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849)
His writings have always moved me and for some reason he's always seemed so sad to me. I know it might not matter to him but I'd love to tell him how his poetry always brought me out of the darkness he seemed to dwell in.

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Roald Dahl (13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990)
The man gave us The BFG, Matilda, The Witches and many other tales of wonder with eccentric main characters. He wrote books that I have some of the fondest memories of reading and having had his books read to me. I'd like to thank him for those stories.