Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued and hosted by Meredith of Dolce Bellezza this month. What is going on with this crazy weather? We’ve had so much rain, I was thinking of building an ark – thankfully the sun has finally come out around here. Here are the books that showed up in my mailbox last week:
- The Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore came from the author
- The Village by Nikita Lalwani came from Random House
- The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes came from Hachette
- Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead came from Penguin Audio
Did you find any goodies in your mailbox last week?
Most people know that beer and cheese are great together but knowing what cheese to pair with what beer isn’t always easy. Enter Janet Fletcher – Fletcher has put together Cheese & Beer to help create the perfect pairings. She says “success largely rides on contrasts and complements,” and explains why in her wonderful book. She explains the basics of cheese and beer and tells how to store and serve each one.
After the introductory chapters, each chapter is about a particular style of beer. Fletcher gives the history of the style of beer, style notes, suggests specific beers to try and cheeses to pair with them. Her explanations are brief, but detailed enough for readers to branch out on their own – each beer chapter is two pages long. I really liked the fact that she lists specific beers to try with specific cheeses, but it should be noted that the emphasis is on American craft beers although a few imports are included as well.
The back of the book contains a handy chart for pairings, a glossary, a bibliography and an index. There are also beautiful photographs spread throughout the book.
When Cheese & Beer arrived, Carl and I thought it was a gorgeous book. We flipped through it over and over before we sat down to read it. We marked lots of pairings we wanted to try before we decided the best way to really test out the book was to host a beer and cheese tasting at the store. For the tasting, we paired:
- Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils with Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam
- Jolly Pumpkin Bam Bière with Fontina Val D’Aosta
- Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness with cave aged Gruyere
- Fuller’s London Porter withe Bleu D’Auvergne
Let me tell you, this tasting was a huge success. People called the pairings “wonderful” and “brilliant.” Many even enjoyed beers and/or cheeses they were hesitant to try. While every pairing had fans, the big winner of the night was the combination of the porter with the blue cheese. People have been talking about the tasting and many people have dropped in to say they’re sorry they missed it. We’ll definitely be planning another tasting using Cheese & Beer! I highly recommend this book – grab a copy if you, or someone you know, loves beer!
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Review copy provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
I saw this display at BEA and I was in awe. I’m not sure who the character is but he’s made completely of Legos. I cannot begin to comprehend how long it took to construct
Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Melinda of West Metro Mommy. It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Melinda’s site.
Eliza the bunny was settling down in bed to read a book and her book suddenly disappears. She’s left confused but then discovers something similar has been happening all over the woods. As rumors spread, Eliza decides she has to get to the bottom of things and comes up with a plan. She’s nervous, but determined and catches the little Snatchabook. She talks to him and finds out that he’s sad because he has no one to read to him. Together they come up with a plan that’s sure to work for everyone.
The Snatchabook, by Helen and Thomas Docherty is a darling picture book that you’ll love to share with your children. There’s so much to love about this book, including the wonderful illustrations. Eliza is such a great character. She’s strong and brave but also empathetic when she discovers the Snatchabook isn’t lucky enough to have someone to read with. She doesn’t seek revenge; she seeks a solution.
Children are sure to love the excitement and mystery of The Snatchabook. There’s just enough tension to make them want to turn the pages but not too much to scare them away. This is a wonderful book for the whole family to share! You can pre-order this book now or look for it in October.
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Review copy provided by Sourcebooks. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
I’ve been lucky enough to be paired up with Patrick Lawlor for this fun project. I asked Patrick a few questions and planned to summarize his answers. He did such a good job summing things up himself, I’m just going to share his response here. After reading it, you’re going to want to hang out with him. Be sure to listen to Patrick’s fabulous recording of The Lottery Ticket by Anton Chekhov.
I started out as an actor, primarily on stage. Actually, my MFA is in Classical Acting, primarily Shakespeare. I have done all I can to make a living as an actor, and part of that has been expanding my definition of what it means to be a working actor. Subsequently, over the years, I have done stage, film, television, radio plays, theme parks, renaissance faires, murder mystery weekends, corporate training projects, industrial films. I’ve been an actor, director, stuntman, fight choreographer, teacher, tour guide, dancer, pub singer, bad mime, and yes, waiter, bartender and LOTS of file clerk gigs. Then, I was living in Los Angeles, working as a records management consultant for a major studio, the ultimate file clerk gig, when my wife surprised me with an Introduction to VoiceOver class one Valentines Day. I was hooked and took more classes. During one class, I heard about an APA event in New York that would put me in front of a lot of audiobook publishers. I had really never heard of audiobooks before, but in preparing, I immersed myself in the genre. (My favorite book in this period was Carl Hiaasen’s LUCKY NUMBERS, narrated by Ed Asner) I went, auditioned, met a lot of great people, and had my first book by lunchtime. (Daniel James Cabrillo’s NEW HOUSE, a short story from the anthology, AQUA EROTICA. Yes, my first gig was Erotica! I was so worried that my first book would be my last, that I recorded under a pseudonym! Now, approaching 300 books recorded, I think I’ll be okay.) I got 5 books that first year, 7 the next and then things took off. I now average between 25 and 30 books a year.
As far as my preparation is concerned, I have a fairly flexible routine. Each book is unique and presents unique challenges. Some have a lot of technical, foreign or invented words that need pronunciations. Some need a lot of character voices and/or accents or dialects. Sometimes I have to learn a whole way of talking, for instance if I’m reading Military nonfiction, business books or any number of things I don’t personally know about. Nothing is worse than listening to an authority who obviously doesn’t really know what he’s talking about! Generally, though, I always read the book (well, almost always. Sometimes time prohibits a preread). I make a list of all words I don’t know how to say. You’d be surprised how many everyday words you think you know that you’ve never actually said aloud. I pay special attention to real people’s names, regional pronunciations, odd words and technical words and phrases. If possible, I talk to the author to get her/his take on pronunciations and anything else they might find important. If it is a nonfiction, I then start to record. I normally do not do any distinct voices for nonfiction, unless they are specifically called for or the person has a famous voice. If it is a fiction, this is where the fun starts. Character Work! I come up with voices, accents and dialects for every character in the book. I draw as much as possible from clues in the text – accent, stutter, quiet, fast talker, etc. once this is done, I hit the studio!
I have won 4 Audiofile Earphones Awards and a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award. I have been an Audie Award Finalist 3 times, as well as several starred reviews from Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. i have been featured in numerous Best Of, Year’s Best, Editor’s choice, Fan Favorite and other similar lists.
I am the only working male audiobook narrator in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (There ARE two female narrators, but one of them lives in a suburb, and the other does mostly theatre.) I continue to do theatre, and as a matter of fact, will be playing Jacques in Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT, later this summer. ( that’s the guy who says, “All the World’s a Stage…” for those of you keeping score at home.)
I’m happily married to the very talented filmmaker, Karen Erbach (check out the Girl Scouts of America’s 100th Anniversary commercial, To Get Her There. It still airs all over the country! I’m a huge fan!) We have a fantastic 3 year-old American Staffordshire (Pittie) Mix named Charlie, who is, quite possibly, the best dog in the world. To relax in our spare time, we run marathons, and are currently preparing for our 9th one together.
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