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The Week in Review: 04.05.2019

April 5, 2019


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I picked up PAPERBOY: A MEMOIR OF 70s BELFAST by Tony Macaulay when I was in Belfast eight or so years ago.  Macaulay grew up in Belfast and delivered papers there from 1975 to 1977, starting when he was twelve years old.  In his memoir, he shares what it was like to come of age in a city in turmoil.  Of course, he wasn’t aware of all the politics but he knew that he could never throw a newspaper (someone might think it was a gasoline bomb) and knew to avoid certain areas.  He witnessed the building of the so-called Peace Walls and felt they were exactly the opposite.

I loved the city and the people there and couldn’t imagine them fighting each other as they did during The Troubles and thought this book might help me understand it better.  I thought PAPERBOY was humorous and thoughtful but it didn’t give me as much background on The Troubles as I wanted (but I did Google some as I read the book).  Having said that I thought this book about the “only pacifist paperboy” in Belfast was a delightful coming-of-age memoir.  As a side note, I read the Irish version of the book – it has been published in the US since then and it may have been edited for the American market.


Poor little wolf is bored and wants someone to play with.  He approaches several other animals who refuse to play with him because their mothers won’t allow them to play with wolves.  Feeling sad and dejected, he encounters a little bee who is happy to play with him.  The other animals see them playing and want to join in the fun.

WHO IS AFRAID OF LITTLE WOLF? by Yayo Kawamura is a cute board book with a great message.  Everyone judges the little wolf before they even get to know him.  I think youngsters will empathize with the little wolf and get the message in the pages.  This is a great book to share with a little one to begin a dialogue about prejudices.  The illustrations are a little crude but cute and show the little wolf’s emotions. (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)


When I saw CHEESE BEER WINE CIDER: A FIELD GUIDE TO 75 PERFECT PAIRINGS by Steve Jones and Adam Lindsley on Beth Fish Reads, I knew I had to read it since my family is in the beer business.  If you think wine is the only beverage that pairs well with cheese, you’re missing out – both beer and cider are great partners of cheese as well.  As a matter of fact, Jones and Lindsley say “cider pairs more seamlessly with more cheeses than beer or wine combined.”  The book opens with an explanation of how they came up with their pairings and then gives tips on buying and storing cheeses.

The suggested pairings are divided by beverage type and list a specific cheese to pair with a specific beer, wine, or cider as well as alternatives for both.  There’s a short description of the cheese, what it goes best with, and the results of the pairing.  There are also “Quick Bites” throughout the book that explain things like the difference between pear and perry ciders, what a washed-rind cheese is, or why doppelbocks were first brewed.  There are also beautiful photographs that made my mouth water throughout the book.

Since we sell beer and cider, I focused on those pairings and found them to be spot on.  I also found the information on both to be accurate.  My only complaint is that quite a few of the suggested ciders are not widely available but I think that’s the nature of the craft cider industry at this time.  I feel sure I’ll be referring to this book over and over again.  (Review copy provided by Countryman Press.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • I spent most of the week at my mom’s.  I got her taxes done and then visited with her.  I’m glad to be done with taxes for the year.
  • I let my mom set the pace with walking and averaged right around 10,000 Fitbit steps a day.

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

25 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane permalink
    April 5, 2019 6:19 am

    Sounds like you had a busy week; relax a bit this weekend.

  2. April 5, 2019 7:36 am

    My neck of the woods is all about great beer and cheese pairings 😀 Sounds like the perfect book for you!

  3. Beth F permalink
    April 5, 2019 8:05 am

    Oh I’m so glad you gave that cheese pairing book a try! We have a bit of struggle finding the exact pairings, but I was so surprised to learn that cider is such a natural with cheese. I love a really good, crisp, dry cider (preferably on draft) — but I have to go to Europe to find that. 🙂

  4. April 5, 2019 8:31 am

    I love the sound of the cheese pairings book. I have learned to love certain hard ciders and one of our favorite restaurants has one on tap…plus they serve a great cheese board. We actually had it this week…creamy soft cheese that sort of oozed onto the board and wedges of honey…it was so delicious. I am glad you had time with your mom!

  5. April 5, 2019 8:49 am

    Sounds like a busy, but very good week. Can’t wait to hear what you think of A Place for Us… it’s been on my list for a long time.

  6. April 5, 2019 10:07 am

    Southern Lady Code sounds like fun. Enjoy them all, and thanks for sharing.

  7. April 5, 2019 10:38 am

    The beer and cheese book would make a great Father’s Day gift for my husband. I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of A Place for Us. I loved that book!

  8. April 5, 2019 10:41 am

    The Irish paperboy book sounds really interesting!

  9. April 5, 2019 10:50 am

    We don’t see much cider around us but we live way out in the sticks! We need a store like yours around!

  10. April 5, 2019 12:38 pm

    All these books sound interesting to me except for the cheese pairing book. I’m not a fan of beer, wine, or cider.

  11. April 5, 2019 2:56 pm

    I’m glad we are finished with our taxes, too! Looking forward to hearing what you have to say about A Place for Us.

  12. April 5, 2019 5:27 pm

    You just reminded me to mail my tax payment in. We got them done but since we owed this time, thanks to tax reform, I was waiting to mail it in.

    Not much going on with me except a huge disappointment I’ve been grappling with. Nothing related to family but it’s like a slap in the face when you get blindsided by something.

  13. The Cue Card permalink
    April 5, 2019 5:32 pm

    Too bad that the Paperboy book doesn’t give a lot of background on The Troubles. I’d like something understandable to read about that time. Still it sounds worth the time. Enjoy your weekend.

  14. April 5, 2019 11:46 pm

    We haven’t even taken the tax software out of the Amazon bag, lol. Happy time with mom is always good.

  15. Mae Sander permalink
    April 6, 2019 8:14 am

    You remind me that I keep promising myself to explore the world of cheese, and then I just keep buying uninteresting supermarket cheese. Maybe some efforts at good pairings would help get me to try more possibilities.

    best… mae at

  16. Jackie permalink
    April 6, 2019 8:35 am

    I love Belfast too and just checked but our library doesn’t have a digital copy. But did have a hard copy that I reserved for pick up at a nearby branch.

  17. Stacie Gorkow permalink
    April 6, 2019 11:22 am

    I love hard cider and had never really thought to find cheeses to pair it with. I usually have salty snacks with it. I’ll have to look this book up!

  18. April 6, 2019 9:59 pm

    I love the look of Little Wolf. I like the message behind the story.

    We are finished with our taxes also. It is a happy feeling.

    I am finished with my copy of American Marriage. I would be happy to send it off to you, if you will e-mail me at debnance at gmail dot com with your mailing information.

  19. April 7, 2019 12:52 am

    Have a great week. Cheers from Carole’s chatter

  20. April 7, 2019 11:51 am

    I’ll have to let my wife know about Paperboy, because she spent a semester in college in Belfast. If you ever want to know more about “The Troubles,” she knows a lot about them, from being there and her own reading. Let me know and I can put you in contact.

    In June, we’re doing a wine event on Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes in New York, where they are pairing wines with foods. Some have cider too. Might have to seek out this book before then, just to compare and contrast what they say with what the participating wineries are doing.

    As for what’s going on in my corner of the world, besides reading your blog and other blogs this morning (almost now afternoon), my wife celebrated her birthday yesterday and we went out for a nice brunch with family and played cards with neighbors later in the day. Today I’m going to be doing some reading too and later more chill time with my wife before she goes to work (midnight shift).

  21. April 7, 2019 2:41 pm

    Taxes suck…that is all

  22. Literary Feline permalink
    April 7, 2019 3:57 pm

    I am glad you were able to visit with your mom and help her with her taxes. I am always glad to put those behind me each year. Paper Boy sounds interesting. I’d be curious to see the differences between the Irish and American versions. Often I wish books wouldn’t be adjusted depending on their region–other than translated–because I can only read English. I think the original loses something when too much is adapted.

  23. April 7, 2019 6:52 pm

    PAPER BOY and CHEESE BEER WINE CIDER both sound intriguing, Kathy! It sounds like you had a good, productive weekend. And your step count is inspiring! Enjoy your reading this week.

  24. April 8, 2019 9:06 am

    Paper Boy sounds very interesting. thanks for sharing your week.

  25. May 15, 2019 6:39 pm

    Has it been that long since you visited Belfast? Time sure does fly. I would love to read a fictionalized account of Irish history. I think I read TRINITY years ago. Maybe I should do a re-read.

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