Monday, February 25, 2008
This is another quick read, I read it over the weekend, just reading here and there. It was funny to read about people who have the best intentions and then the dinner party goes south!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Book Review - From Publishers Weekly - In this moving sequel to his 2006 bestseller The Dogs Who Found Me, Foster introduces readers to dogs and owners he encountered while promoting his earlier book. In many cases, the dogs had been rescued from death by people who had "decided that they were worth the work of saving," and Foster interweaves their remarkable stories with updates on his own life and the dogs who continue to change his life in surprising ways. The stories are as diverse as the dogs themselves, from a woman who found a pregnant, one-eyed stray in the exact spot where she had been involved in a car crash six years earlier that killed her best friend, to a man certain that his adoption of a pit bull saved him from Hurricane Katrina. Foster concludes with a more detailed look at the animals affected by Katrina's devastation, including a moving tribute to the volunteers who helped give shelter to the dogs of New Orleans. Dog lovers will welcome this new collection of moving and poignant canine stories.
I had read his first book which I loved and he did it again! What a great book about some amazing animals and some amazing people who have rescued, cared for, adopted and/or surrendered animals. After hearing so many bad stories about how animals are treated its nice to read a book dedicated to the people who do no harm and love these dogs unconditionally.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Like most Americans, Steve Ettlinger eats processed foods. And, like most consumers, he often reads the ingredients label—without a clue as to what most of it means. So when his young daughter asked, “Daddy, what’s polysorbate 60?” he was at a loss—and determined to find out.
From the phosphate mines in Idaho to the corn fields in Iowa, from gypsum mines in Oklahoma to the vanilla harvest in Madagascar, Twinkie, Deconstructed is a fascinating, thoroughly researched romp of a narrative that demystifies some of the most common processed food ingredients—where they come from, how they are made, how they are used—and why. Beginning at the source (hint: they’re often more closely linked to rock and petroleum than any of the four food groups), we follow each Twinkie ingredient through the process of being crushed, baked, fermented, refined, and/or reacted into a totally unrecognizable goo or powder with a strange name—all for the sake of creating a simple snack cake.
An insightful exploration into the food industry, if you’ve ever wondered what you’re eating when you consume foods containing mono- and diglycerides or calcium sulfate (the latter, a food-grade equivalent of Plaster of Paris) this book is for you.
I was truly amazed at the amount of "stuff" and man hours goes into creating a twinkie! Did you know that there are companies that do nothing but break eggs?? Not to mention the ingredients that are used for other things besides food. I have already changed the way I eat a lot and I think this book will make me take a second look at a lot of labels.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Of the dog that once possessed a catcher’s mitt of a mouth, Quindlen reminisces, “there came a time when a scrap thrown in his direction usually bounced unseen off his head. Yet put a pork roast in the oven, and the guy still breathed as audibly as an obscene caller. The eyes and ears may have gone, but the nose was eternal. And the tail. The tail still wagged, albeit at half-staff. When it stops, I thought more than once, then we’ll know.”Heartening and bittersweet, Good Dog. Stay. honors the life of a cherished and loyal friend and offers us a valuable lesson on our four-legged family members: Sometimes an old dog can teach us new tricks.
A very quick read, I love dog books! Yes it is a sad book, but it was nice to glimpse into the life of this grand animal that did nothing but be himself. I was also excited to hear that Beau didn't like water until out of the blue when he was six he jumped inot a pond! There is hope for my water phobic lab yet!!
I loved the insight into Alan Jackson's life, his wife is truly an inspiration. She has such a strength and confidence about her. There are a lot of similarities between Denise and I and I hope that I can apply some of this book to my life. When I checked this one out it was because I wanted to know more about Alan, but know I feel like Denise is an old friend cheering me on and praying for me.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Looking to get lucky? Stephanie Plum is back between-the-numbers and she's looking to get lucky in an Atlantic City hotel room, in a Winnebago, and with a brown-eyed stud who has stolen her heart.Stephanie Plum has a way of attracting danger, lunatics, oddballs, bad luck . . . and mystery men. And no one is more mysterious than the unmentionable Diesel. He's back and hot on the trail of a little man in green pants who's lost a giant bag of money. Problem is, the money isn't exactly lost. Stephanie's Grandma Mazur has found it, and like any good Jersey senior citizen, she's hightailed it in a Winnebago to Atlantic City and hit the slots. With Lula and Connie in tow, Stephanie attempts to bring Grandma home, but the luck of the Irish is rubbing off on everyone: Lula's found a job modeling plus-size lingerie. Connie's found a guy. Diesel's found Stephanie. And Stephanie has found herself in over her head with a caper involving thrice-stolen money, a racehorse, a car chase, and a bad case of hives. Plum Lucky is an all-you-can-eat buffet of thrills, chills, shrimp cocktail, plus-size underwear, and scorching hot men. It's a between-the-numbers treat no Evanovich fan will want to miss!
I love Stephanie Plum!! This was a very quick read and yeah it was fluffy, but we all deserve a fluffly read now and then right??
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Set over a period of twenty-four hours, Run takes us from the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard to a home for retired Catholic priests in downtown Boston. It shows us how worlds of privilege and poverty can coexist only blocks apart from each other, and how family can include people you've never even met. As in her bestselling novel Bel Canto, Ann Patchett illustrates the humanity that connects disparate lives, weaving several stories into one surprising and endlessly moving narrative. Suspenseful and stunningly executed, Run is ultimately a novel about secrets, duty, responsibility, and the lengths we will go to protect our children.
Great book!! I loved it and cannot wait to read more of this author! The desription doesn't do it justice and after about 20 pages I wanted to quit reading it, but I'm sure glad I stuck it out! I would have missed out on the most amazing story of two worlds really are not so big after all.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Very cute book with many funny moments and many heartwarming ones as well. The characters are loveable and believeable. I really loved this one, I couldn't put it down!