Sunday, November 9, 2014

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? Nov 10 Edition

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.

What a hectic weekend! My cousin got married and well, Italian weddings can wear you out. Lots of food and lots of dancing. My favorite are the songs from the eighties and those Italian oldies I hear at every family wedding, bringing back memories of my father teaching me as a child to dance with my small feet on his shoes so I could follow in his footsteps, literally!

BTW, I will be at the Toronto International Book Fair this upcoming weekend (Nov 13-16) Anyone going? Come visit me at booth 627 with World's Best Story.

I have some great giveaways happening so stop by and enter. See my left sidebar. Do you like to listen to audiobooks? Here's an offer to review The Publicist by Christina George.

In my mailbox this past week:

This children's book will be on tour with iRead Book Tours from Dec 1 to 12. Watch for my review with my son and for a giveaway.

Liesl's Ocean Rescue by Barbara Krasner

Lisel’s Ocean Rescue by noted children’s author Barbara Krasner, recounts the story of Liesl Joseph, a 10-year-old girl aboard the ill-fated MS St. Louis. On May 13, 1939, together with her parents and 900 other Jewish refugees they left Germany on the MS. St Louis attempting to seek temporary asylum in Cuba.

This cookbook and celebration of life will be on tour with Italy Book Tours in January.

Eating Heart by Betti Chiesi

There’s a lot of talk, and probably too many books, about food. Bookshops overflow with cookbooks ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous - a vast, intimidating edifice of knowledge that can strike fear, or at least circumspection, in those who wish to explore it. A simple and vital function like eating thus assumes disproportionate significance. Instead of making someone happy by preparing them a tasty meal, we complicate this loving act by piling on lashings of subtexts and agendas. 

I’d like in this book to go against that trend and restore to food its affectionate and domestic character, by describing food as I got to know it. We grow up in the kitchen. We lick our fingers, steal, relax in the warmth of the stove, draw on misty windows in the winter, learn poems by heart – sheltered by the aroma of some surprise that’s cooking. So the idea is to take you, if you will let me, to places where I’ve been, where I grew up and where adults introduced kids to the world of flavors by using the most effective of tools – affection. 

I’d like this book to be a little life raft in the stormy ocean of global cooking, a tiny haven sheltered from the imposition of originality at all costs. I’d like it to help readers re-discover all the consolatory force of simple spaghetti with tomato sauce. Through recipes and portraits, I’ve tried to present the people who left a mark in what I call my “gastronomic sentimental” education, a process that’s grown beyond the family of my youth and out into the patch of world that I, in turn, have woven around myself.

This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.  The kidlit version is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

Read and Reviewed:

Maggie in White by Sharon Burch Toner (reviewed by Sandra) Sandra says, "This is the author’s most ambitious work and in my opinion, her best, as she successfully weaves in mystery, murder, art forgery, Nazi intrigue, romance, adventure on the high seas and the ever-present close relationship between mother and daughter."

Venice in the Moonlight by Elizabeth McKenna (reviewed by Sandra) win one of 8 copies!

Currently reading: Too many snippets of several books...

Have a great reading week!


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