Thursday, November 20, 2014

nom nom paleo by Michell Tam & Henry Fong

This book clearly explains what a paleo diet is. Being a person who is interested in health and nutrition, I wanted to learn more about what is involved in this particular way of thinking. I love the idea that the use of fresh food is stressed. This special author presents her information in a joyous way that makes you want to try her delicious methods. The evolution of her own food journey helps the reader appreciate his/her own history of eating. The pictures are gorgeous and the instructions are clear.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Stella Bain by Anita Shreve

This historical fiction novel begins in the battlefields of France during World War I. One woman struggles to find out who she is after waking up wounded in a hospital tent, with no memory of her former life. She believes her name is Stella Bain, and that she knows how to drive an ambulance. Her uniform indicates she is a British nurse’s aid, but her speech is that of an American. She makes her way to London at the first chance she gets, feeling the key to retrieving her past lies there.

The characters in this book are interesting, and their actions combine with the details of place and the backdrop of war to give the reader a real sense of what life was like during that time period. We follow Stella on her journey through Europe and back to America as she regains her past, but with an uncertain future. It’s an intriguing tale about memory, love, relationships, and how the devastation of war affects it all.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory

Caitlin Doughty pulls back the curtain on the funeral and cremation industry in this first-person account of her apprenticeship at a crematorium.  From procedures, to politics, to religion, to the outright weird, Caitlin answers many of the “burning” questions that people have about mortal remains and their treatment.  She also makes a case for cremation and more natural forms of interment, citing embalming as environmentally toxic, overly expensive, and generally ineffective method of remains disposal.  Some gross parts and shocking truths would earn this book a “PG-13,” in the movie industry, so reader beware.  Still, a very interesting, recommended read.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Designer Cross Stitch Projects by the Editors of CrossStitcher

     Are you tired of your same old cross stitch patterns? This book contains some fresh new ideas that will help you become enthused again about your old hobby. It has lots of designs by contemporary, hot designers. The instructions tell how to make your stitchings into projects that are professional looking and can be used as accessories around your house, and as gifts. My favorites are the apple bag and the the PEACE, LOVE, & HAPPINESS pillow. I've already begun a new project! Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.