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The Week in Review: 11.09.2018

November 9, 2018
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

LOUISIANA’S WAY HOME by Kate DiCamillo is the story of ten year old Louisiana Elefante.  She and her Granny are leaving their Florida home and Louisiana doesn’t understand why.  She’s not happy about leaving her friends, neighbors, and pets, either.  The pair make an unexpected stop in Georgia when Granny has a dental emergency.  As Granny recovers, Louisiana has to learn to take care of herself even as she learns a shocking secret.  She quickly discovers what family means.  I thought this middle grade book was delightful.  It’s told from Louisiana’s point of view and she is one spunky character – I’m sure young readers will love her and her voice as they read the exciting story.  I listened to the audio version which is wonderfully narrated by Cassandra Morris.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


BARREL-AGED STOUT AND SELLING OUT: GOOSE ISLAND, ANHEUSER-BUSCH, AND HOW CRAFT BEER BECAME BIG BUSINESS by Josh Noel is an important read for beer drinkers, whether their beer of choice is craft or not.  Since my family is in the beer business, I was pretty familiar with the story of Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) buying craft breweries to create their “High End” portfolio but I didn’t know the whole story of John Hall and his creation of Goose Island Brewing.  I was also familiar with AB InBev’s business practices – pushing their distributors to only sell their beer, misleading consumers about where beer is brewed, changing craft breweries’ recipes, cutting prices on beer to penetrate markets, using “pay for play” to get their products on tap, and so on.  I don’t think it was necessary to know any of that to follow this well written book, though.  Noel did a great job filling in details and presenting both sides of the story in this very readable book.  He says,

Craft beer won: it forced the biggest beer company in the world to change.

Craft beer lost: it had been commandeered by the biggest beer company in the world.

and let’s readers make up their own mind.  For me, he reinforced my family’s decision to not support AB InBev.  If you, or someone you know, loves beer, you’ll want to grab a copy of this book.  (Review copy provided by Chicago Review Press.)


STAR IN THE JAR by Sam Hay is a sweet picture book about a little boy who likes to hunt for treasure.  One day, he found a shiny star and asked if anyone had lost it.  When no one claimed it, he put in a jar and took it with him everywhere he went.  He loved that star but wasn’t sure it was happy.  When he saw a message in the sky, he knew what he had to do to help the star get home, but he didn’t know how.  I loved the way he and his sister worked to solve his problem and think the message of putting others before yourself is terrific.  Sarah Massini‘s illustrations are lovely and help bring the story to life.  This is a terrific bedtime story for 3 to 5 year olds.  (Review copy provided by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.)


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On the Screen

This week’s County edition of Dancing with the Stars wasn’t my favorite.  I felt like the focus was on the singers as much as on the dancers plus it’s not my favorite style of music.  However, I thoroughly enjoyed the team dances.  I was sad to see DeMarcus and Lindsay go but I never vote so I can’t complain.

Off the blog

  • Carl and I took a little ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway to see the leaves changing.  They were prettier than this photo shows but I don’t think this is going to be the best year for leaf peeping in our part of the country.
  • We exercised our right to vote on Tuesday.

  • My cousin was visiting his mom so we went back to visit my aunt this week.  My cousin and I tried to figure out when we last saw each other and the best we could come up with was it’s been well over 30 years.  He might look a little older than he did then but he’s the same great guy I remembered.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged just over 16,250 Fitbit steps a day.

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

23 Comments leave one →
  1. November 9, 2018 8:21 am

    You had a lovely week with books, beers and family!

  2. November 9, 2018 8:46 am

    So glad you got to spend time with family and also take a leaf tour. We have so few leaves that actually change into anything but brown, it’s not worth it. LOL

  3. November 9, 2018 8:51 am

    LOL we all look a little older than we did 30 years ago! The Goose Island book sounds perfect for you. We had our first measurable snow overnight so our leaf peeping is finished for the year. On to winter.

  4. November 9, 2018 9:38 am

    You may be right about the singers vs. the dancers. But I am definitely enjoying the celebrity cast a lot.

  5. November 9, 2018 9:47 am

    I love your photos and hearing about your family get-togethers.

    Tony’s Wife looks like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

  6. November 9, 2018 11:04 am

    Star in the Jar seems fantastic and I love the cover of DiCamillo’s new book. Have a great weekend.

  7. November 9, 2018 12:26 pm

    I love a good stout or porter, so I may have to pick up a copy of Josh Noel’s book. Sounds like a fascinating read! The leaves around us aren’t like yours, but when we drove up to Seattle last week we saw a lot of beautiful yellows and golds along I-5, which made for a very pretty drive. Nice to see a picture of your hubby. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him on your blog before. Nice to put a face to a name! 🙂 Have a good weekend, Kathy!

  8. November 9, 2018 1:06 pm

    All the children book sound good. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a photo of Carl before. He reminds me of someone I know but I can’t place who it is. I’m sure it will come to me later.

    • November 9, 2018 2:27 pm

      I was just on FB and saw a post by my friend Louanne that had a photo of her and her husband. It was Carl lol! Same hair cut & beard (same color too), same glasses. Does he have a twin?

  9. November 9, 2018 1:09 pm

    I enjoyed reading this post. It felt more like a visit. I epecially enjoyed hearing about craft beer and your family’s perspective. Great pictures too. Have a great week ahead Kathy.

  10. November 9, 2018 1:53 pm

    Visiting after 30 years! Wow.

    Our trees are very confused. They usually are. It got cold and then hot and for a brief moment we had some color but now no color and no leaf droppage. Right now all of California seems to be on fire again so it will all be burned and black soon.

  11. November 9, 2018 2:36 pm

    Yay voting!

  12. November 9, 2018 4:36 pm

    Wow love the Blue Ridge Parkway, awesome view! Great reunion you had. Hope you enjoy the novel Tony’s wife.

  13. November 9, 2018 5:25 pm

    Love the pics!

  14. November 9, 2018 5:32 pm

    Well done for walking at least 3 miles every morning, that’s pretty good going!

  15. November 9, 2018 6:57 pm

    Kathy, I enjoyed the family photos, too. We don’t get a lot of “fall foliage” here, only a bit. The beer book sounds interesting. Craft beer is very popular here. LOUISIANA’S WAY HOME sounds charming. Enjoy the long weekend, Kathy!

  16. November 9, 2018 9:45 pm

    We live in turbulent political times in our part of the world! We had a prime minister sacked, a new one installed all on the slightly shady side of unconstitutional and now at midnight parliament has been dissolved. We need elections like a hole in the head! High jinks indeed.

  17. November 10, 2018 10:50 am

    My brother-in-law will be getting a copy of that book for Christmas… thanks so much for the review!

  18. November 11, 2018 12:18 pm

    That’s so great that you got to see your cousin after 30 years! I’ll bet it was fun.

  19. Beth F permalink
    November 14, 2018 6:51 am

    What a great week. Between the rain and the weird weather, leaf watching was mostly a bust this year. The beer book looks great … I’m going to have to see my library has it.

  20. November 14, 2018 9:01 pm

    Kate DiCamillo is one of my kids’ favorite authors – I’ll have to check that one out. The beer book sounds like it would be a good Christmas gift for my husband.

  21. bookingmama permalink
    November 15, 2018 10:59 am

    That beer book sounds interesting… especially for you!! I love that picture of you and Carl!

  22. November 26, 2018 12:28 am

    Love that pic of you and Carl 🙂 The leaves were drop dead gorgeous here for about 2 weeks.

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