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The Week in Review: 05.10.2019

May 10, 2019
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

When you’re part of a small, family run business, you get to know some of your regular customers very well and find that different people like to come in and chat about different things.  Car people gravitate to Carl, music and movie people look for Vance, and readers want to talk to me.  One of our customers suggested INHERITANCE: A MEMOIR OF GENEALOGY, PATERNITY, AND LOVE by Dani Shapiro and brought her copy in to share with me so I felt like I had to read it.

INHERITANCE is Shapiro’s fifth memoir and it is quite a story.  Shapiro and her husband decided to do a DNA test and learned that she is not genetically related to her half-sister and she has a cousin she’d never heard of.  In other words, the man who raised her, the man she thought of as her father, was, in fact, not her father.  In the midst of her shock, Shapiro, along with her husband, research her past to try to discover her identity.

Shapiro’s writing is lovely and full of emotion.  I was engrossed in her journey to come to grips with her past.  I’ve heard of other stories similar to hers so I’m sure other people will be able to relate to it.  If you love memoirs, family stories, and/or genealogy you won’t want to miss this book.


If you’ve even grown tired of hearing “Why?” from your kids, you’ll want to give them NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS WHY NOT? OVER 1,111 ANSWERS TO EVERYTHING by Crispin Boyer.  I read this book from cover to cover but I think kids will flip through it – over and over again.  In this book you’ll find answers to hundreds of questions ranging from”Why didn’t people die of boredom before TV and the Internet?” to “Why can’t we climb a ladder to space?” to “What are the chances of someone looking just like me?”  Questions (and answers) are categorized in chapters like Wild Things and Spacing Out.  There are fun facts and information throughout the book.   Truly, this book is chock full of fascinating facts and trivia.  Did you know you have about five million hairs on your body? Did you know scientist think all animals – even insects – need sleep?  As with any National Geographic book, it’s printed on high quality paper, has quality binding, and is full of gorgeous, full-color photographs and illustrations.  I had a lot of fun reading this book and absolutely loved it and think kids will too.  It would make a great addition to a home, school, or classroom library.  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)


Fans of Ruth Reichl won’t want to miss her latest book, SAVE ME THE PLUMS: MY GOURMET MEMOIR.  As the subtitle explains, this memoir focuses on her time as editor in chief of Gourmet magazine.  Reichl had been a restaurant critic for the New York Times when Condé Nast approached her to head up the foodie magazine.  It was an offer that she couldn’t refuse, mostly because she could be home to eat dinner with her family every night.

Reichl found the magazine to be outdated and stale so she shook things up a bit with controversial articles and covers.  She shares details of what it was like to work for the magazine back then and steps they took to increase readership.  I loved everything about this book from Reichl’s writing to the gossipy tidbits she shared about magazine publishing.  It made me long for the heyday of magazine publishing.  Reichl narrates the audio version and does a terrific job.  Foodies and memoir lovers won’t want to miss this book.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • I finally finished my last puzzle from Christmas.  This one was much harder than it looks.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged almost 15,000 Fitbit steps a day.

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

26 Comments leave one →
  1. May 10, 2019 8:44 am

    I’ve been thinking about reading INHERITANCE. I’m an adopted child and have always known that. I did do a DNA testing thing, but I didn’t really want to see if I had relatives in their database. A little too much for me. I loved my adopted family and have no desire to find my genetic matches. My sister would have wanted to do that though. She always had that longing to find her birth people, though she loved our parents.

  2. Diane permalink
    May 10, 2019 8:46 am

    Glad you liked Inheritance, me too! Her writing is always enjoyable. I want to try that foodie book as well. Have a nice weekend!

  3. May 10, 2019 9:16 am

    Oh my goodness! Inheritance sounds like such an emotive read. Definitely one for my Wish List probably along with a box of tissues.

    That jigsaw does look complicated with its blocks of colour. I only wish I had the patience to sit and complete a jigsaw but as it is I’ll stick with my colouring books.

  4. Lloyd Russell permalink
    May 10, 2019 9:22 am

    Joni and I saw Ruth Reichl live quite a few years ago. She was (and, I’m sure, still is) fascinating.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Fri, May 10, 2019 at 4:49 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

    > BermudaOnion posted: ” Between the Covers Finished last week: When you’re > part of a small, family run business, you get to know some of your regular > customers very well and find that different people like to come in and chat > about different things. Car people gravitate t” >

  5. May 10, 2019 9:27 am

    I love DNA stories. I’ll have to look for that!

  6. May 10, 2019 9:31 am

    I want to read Save Me the Plums, I keep hearing how good it is but I haven’t read anything else by Ruth Reichl yet and want to before starting on that one. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Inheritance too, what an interesting story.

  7. Beth F permalink
    May 10, 2019 9:43 am

    How great that your customer suggested such a great book. I haven’t yet gotten to Plums, but it’s on my list. Cool puzzle! You’ll be there in just a few weeks!

  8. May 10, 2019 9:46 am

    DNA testing is certainly having its hey day. My daughter and I both did the tests and it really is interesting. Well, hers much more so than mine! I am British white and she is a wonderful mix of British white with east African, middle eastern, and a smattering of others.

  9. May 10, 2019 12:06 pm

    What a great puzzle! I’ll bet it was difficult, though. I gave my mom a new one for her birthday, which I hope we’ll start this weekend. Have a great week and Happy Mother’s Day!

  10. May 10, 2019 12:22 pm

    I’ve heard and read about many who have been absolutely shaken discovering their ancestry. It must be totally unpleasant to have your entire world so shaken.
    The Ruth Reichi book sounds very promising too.

  11. May 10, 2019 1:23 pm

    At least three people have recommended Save Me The Plums so I had to add it to my list.

    I think that aspect of a family business would be cool. Chatting with your regulars and just really getting to know them better through what they like and enjoy. That’s what community is all about.

    My daughter’s show opened last night. It was horribly bad. SHE was amazing and mamy agreed with me. She has really outgrown her high school theater department which is the problem. I would never say that on my blog but it’s true. The department has declined with the new teacher although I love him and how good he is with the kids he is not doing much for the program. I am working it and seeing it again tonight so it could be it was just a horrible opening but it was probably the worst I’ve see and I’ve seen many. Cross your fingers.

  12. May 10, 2019 2:43 pm

    Why Not looks like a really fun book. I guess it would be fun to talk to different people while you are at the store…and you scored a great reading experience out of it!

  13. May 10, 2019 3:37 pm

    Both memoirs are on my wish list. Thinking of adding to my audible wish list.

  14. May 10, 2019 4:11 pm

    I just picked up Inheritance from the library this morning. I was going to read the Reichl book but changed my mind. Love the puzzle! Good job with your steps.

  15. May 10, 2019 4:18 pm

    Wow, I love that puzzle

  16. May 11, 2019 8:20 am

    I also loved the audio of Plums and did a rendition of her Chinese spicy noodles on my blog.
    Very interested in Furious Hours!

  17. May 11, 2019 11:11 am

    That puzzle is fantastic. I love the colors. I just love NatGeo books.

  18. May 11, 2019 3:09 pm

    I want to read both Inheritance and Save Me the Plums!

  19. May 11, 2019 6:49 pm

    The Ruth Reichl is waiting for me at the library. Looking forward to it. Cheers

  20. May 11, 2019 7:55 pm

    Save Me the Plums sounds like a wonderful memoir. The memoir by Dani Shapiro also sounds terrific. I love the colorful NY puzzle. That would take me forever to complete.
    Have a happy Mother’s Day, Kathy!

  21. May 11, 2019 11:32 pm

    Inheritance is on my wishlist, I read a similarly glowing review a few weeks ago. I look too much like my dad to wonder about any surprises though.
    Save me the Plums has also been popular, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  22. The Cue Card permalink
    May 14, 2019 4:37 pm

    What a neat puzzle! We were there in March. I’ll be curious what you think of Furious Hours. The Inheritance book sounds like a doozy. I hope she finds out the answers at the book’s end.

  23. May 14, 2019 8:23 pm

    I finished reading Save Me the Plums last week and loved it. I always love her writing.

  24. May 15, 2019 9:51 am

    I get recommendations at the library where I work too, but most of the time, sadly, I don’t like the books. I’m glad the recommendation worked for you. 🙂

  25. May 15, 2019 6:09 pm

    INHERITANCE and SAVE ME THE PLUMS both sound amazing. I think I downloaded the audio of SAVE ME THE PLUMS. Now that I’m outside and running more, I can hopefully get to it soon.

  26. May 17, 2019 8:17 pm

    I’ve heard good things about Inheritance so I’m glad that you liked it.

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