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The Week in Review: 05.11.2018

May 11, 2018


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

Adriana Trigiani is one of my favorite authors so I was excited to dig into COOKING WITH MY SISTERS: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF FAMILY RECIPES, FROM ITALY TO BIG STONE GAP, a book she’s co-authored with her sister, Mary Yolanda Trigiana.  I would describe this book as a hybrid since it’s part memoir and part cookbook.  I usually don’t read a cookbook from cover to cover but that’s exactly what I did with this one and I just loved it.  The family stories are fabulous – fans of Trigiani will see where she got the inspiration for many of her books as they read them – and made me feel like I knew this big, loving family. There are photos of the recipes as well as old family photos sprinkled throughout the book.  The recipes look and sound wonderful, too, because they’re for dishes your family will eat and don’t include hard to find ingredients.  I’m anxious to try several of them, including Perin Family Buttermilk Cake and Grandmom Trigiani’s Baked Zucchini.  I also want to create an antipasto tray as beautiful as theirs.  Different members of the family provide tips throughout the book and they were fun to read as well.  This is a must read for Trigiani fans – you’ll want to pick up a copy of this wonderful book for yourself and grab a copy for a gift at the same time.  (Review copy provided by the authors.)


THE MAGICIAN’S SECRET by Zachary Hyman is the story of a young boy and his grandfather who love to be together.  Grandpa used to be a magician so he knows how to do great tricks but what Charlie likes the best are the stories he tells.  Charlie’s father doesn’t think much of the stories, though, and calls them tall tales.  When Charlie asks Grandpa about it, Grandpa replies,

“You know the problem with grown-ups, Charlie? They don’t have faith in make-believe anymore.  And that’s too bad, because when you use your imagination, you can turn a dream into something real.”

I thought this was a sweet picture book and loved the relationship between Charlie and Grandpa.   I think Grandpa’s stories will spark young readers imaginations.  Joe Bluhm‘s illustrations are wonderful and engaging and bring the story to life.  (I won this book from Library Thing Early Reviewers.)


DON’T TELL ME YOU’RE AFRAID by Giuseppe Catozzella is based on the true story of Somalian runner Samia Omar.  She dreamed of representing her country in the Olympics like Mo Farah.  Samia never knew a Somalia that wasn’t torn apart by unrest but managed to train with her best friend Ali even while being harassed by militia.  This determined young woman was selected for the 2008 Olympic team and found she wasn’t as well prepared as the other athletes.  She hoped to return to the Olympics in 2012 but had to find a way out of Somalia to make that dream come true.  I fell in love with Somalia from the very first page and couldn’t put this book down even though I had a knot in my stomach the whole time I read it.  I learned a lot about conditions in Somalia and what refugees face to escape them and it broke my heart – I cried more than once as I read this book and have thought about it a lot since I finished it.  Anne Milano Appel translated this book from Italian and she did an excellent job.  It’s hard to say I loved a book like this but I am very glad I read it and I do recommend it.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Press.)


Currently reading:


On the Screen

Marlo is a young mother who feels overwhelmed after the birth of her third child.  Her wealthy brother offers to hire a “night nanny” to help out but she rebuffs him, thinking it elitist and pretentious.  As things spiral more and more out of control, she thinks it might not be a bad idea after all and decides to give the young woman a call.  Tully appears and seems to be the answer to her prayers, but is she really?

I saw Tully with a friend and thought the acting was superb.  A lot of women will relate to Marlo and her struggles and Charlize Theron is marvelous in the role.  There is a major twist at the end of the movie that left my friend and I scratching our heads for a while.  I’ve thought about the movie quite a bit since I saw it, though, and the more I think about it, the more I like it.  Even though there are some funny moments, this is not a happy movie but it did make me think.  There are a few scenes that might offend some viewers.


I saw most of Dancing with the Stars and it didn’t wow me.  I don’t have a favorite this season but did enjoy Chris and Witney’s dance and thought the team dances were fun.  I thought Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Arike Ogunbowale were the right two to go home.

Off the blog

  • I finally finished my puzzle.
  • I went back to the opthamologist and my eye is healing.  I have to take a pill and use drops for at least another month, though.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged just under 18,250 Fitbit steps a day.

What’s going on in your corner of the world?

26 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2018 7:03 am

    I can’t wait to get the Trigiani book!

  2. Beth F permalink
    May 11, 2018 7:09 am

    What Jill said!! And glad your eye is healing. Phew.

  3. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    May 11, 2018 7:13 am

    Oooh – I love Olympics books!! Will have to check out Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid! Hope you’re loving Female Persuasion!

  4. May 11, 2018 8:06 am

    I’m thinking about using my second movie pick on Tully. The Somalia books sounds really good too so I’m adding it to my list. Glad your eye is getting better!

  5. May 11, 2018 8:07 am

    Adriana’s book is so interesting, I love the family stories so much. Tully looks great, I’m glad you liked it.

  6. May 11, 2018 8:12 am

    Nice week.

    Love the cookbook. Sounds amazing.

    Thanks for sharing your week.

  7. May 11, 2018 9:24 am

    My mother is a huge Adriana Trigiani fan, too. Just ordered her the book for Mother’s Day. Thank you!

  8. May 11, 2018 9:53 am

    You’re right about Tully. That it’s not a happy movie. But it did lead to a lot of discussion afterwards.

  9. May 11, 2018 10:06 am

    I am glad it is healing.
    And will def see Tully on dvd

  10. May 11, 2018 10:17 am

    Good news on your eye! Bookaholics need their eyes!

    I have been eyeing the movie Tully…Charlize Theron always does a great job, and the story sounds like one I could get into.

    I hope you are enjoying The Female Persuasion; I LOVED it!

  11. May 11, 2018 12:34 pm

    The Trigiani book sounds warm, cosy and welcoming.

  12. May 11, 2018 2:24 pm

    After reading this post I checked and my library had the Trigiani book. I put it on hold.

  13. May 11, 2018 3:11 pm

    Kathy, the story of Somalian runner Samia Omar sounds very worth reading. I can only imagine the hardships she faced.

    Tully sounds like an interesting movie.

    The crayon puzzle is cute!

    I’m glad that your eye is healing. Have a nice, relaxing weekend, Kathy!

  14. May 11, 2018 3:53 pm

    I am eyeing that Trigiani book too. I enjoy the author’s books and love to find authentic Italian recipes to add to my collection.

  15. May 11, 2018 5:34 pm

    Oh my goodness, I need to read “Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid.” It sounds like the type of non-fiction I love–narrative, underdog sports story, grit and determination, with some emotion thrown in for good measure. Thank you for the review!

  16. Patty permalink
    May 11, 2018 6:00 pm

    That cookbook sounds amazing! There is nothing like a big Italian family’s stories! And recipes! And food! I do want to see that movie, too! And you read great books this week, too! And you walked far! I need you to make that baked pasta and tell us all about it!

  17. May 12, 2018 8:13 am

    Memoir-cookbooks can be great!

    best… mae at

  18. Jackie permalink
    May 12, 2018 8:30 am

    I added Don’t Tell Me to my TBR list. I just finished a book about a Somali refugee growing up in England Odd Child Out.
    Good walking, I have been getting more walking in as well.

  19. May 12, 2018 5:14 pm

    So many things to like in this post! I’m going to have to get that Trigiani book! It looks like great fun and I do read some oookbooks from cover to cover. I’m so glad you are getting good treatment for your eyes. Love the puzzle – all that yellow/gold – ugh. Have a great week ahead.

  20. May 12, 2018 5:53 pm

    Interesting. Thanks. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

  21. Literary Feline permalink
    May 12, 2018 10:43 pm

    Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid sounds really good! I will have to look for that one. I am glad your eye is continuing to heal, Kathy. Love the puzzle! I hope you have a great week!

  22. May 13, 2018 6:04 am

    love cookbooks with memoirs- Adriana’s sounds wonderful

  23. May 13, 2018 7:06 pm

    I still haven’t read any Trigiani books even though I have some sitting on my shelves. But this cookbook sounds like something I would love. I will have to remember that and get some of her books read!

  24. May 14, 2018 6:30 pm

    I am not loving this season of DWTS. I don’t mind all of the athletes, but I think the abbreviated season doesn’t really do the snow justice or give anyone participating time to grow as a dancer. And the multiple eliminations each night is a bummer.

  25. The Cue Card permalink
    May 16, 2018 5:11 pm

    It’s neat that Trigiani combined her memoir with a cookbook! Also now you have me worried about the story of Sami in Somali. I think I remember this : was it a tragic ending? Oh gosh I really hope not. Also I hope to see Tully when it gets to rental : it sounds a bit different but good.

  26. bookingmama permalink
    May 21, 2018 6:48 am

    I am dying to read THE FEMALE PERSUASION! And you are so right about Adriana’s cookbook — it’s very special!

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