Feed Your Reader Friday 18 April 2014

Feed Your Reader at From Left to Write

I didn’t get as many books read during spring break as I wanted to. I did, however, start several. I hope to  finish them this weekend. That won’t stop me from adding more books to my to read list, and I hope it won’t stop you either.

This week is all about discoveries at my library, in honor of National Library Week. The following are on my hot list this week so you can feed your reader too.

The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier

I found The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier at my library’s digital catalog.  Oxford academic Diana Morgan is obsessed with the Amazons. When a mysterious, well funded foundation offers her a chance to prove the existence of the matriarchal warriors, she can’t help but say yes.  I’m listening to the audiobook and narrator Cassandra Campbell brings the characters to life. On sale now.

Fictitious Dishes by Dinah Fried

In Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals, photographer Dinah Fried creates and photographed meals from literary classics such as Little Women, A Wrinkle in Time, A Confederacy of Dunces and Lolita. She started the design project at Rhode Island School of Design and was hooked.

Dinah Fried The Metamorphosis

Kafka’s The Metamorphosis as imagined by Dinah Fried

This book would make a great gift for the book lovers in your life. Each photograph is accompanied by an excerpt and interesting facts about the the meal. On sale now.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

I don’t usually pick up a book just because Oprah endorsed it, but The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kid intrigued me. Set in early nineteenth century Charleston, the novel follows urban slave Hetty and Sarah, the slave owner’s daughter. On her eleventh birthday, Sarah is given ownership of Hetty to be her handmaid. On sale now.

The Novel Cure

I try to avoid browsing the New Releases shelves at my library but I couldn’t resist. The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin. I love this concept. No matter if you’re depressed, homesick, or jealous, there’s a book to cure your ailment. Searching for happiness? The book suggests reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

On the Noodle Road by Jen Lin-Liu

I love food memoirs and am overdue to read one. Also discovered on my library shelves: On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome, with Love and Pasta by Jen Lin-Liu. The author travels around the world to discover “Who really invented the noodle?” I love noodles and will probably get hungry for some while I read this book. On sale now.

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Book Club Feature: Dad Is Fat

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Our next book club feature for April is the entertaining and laugh-out-loud Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan. I’m not sure how he, his wife and FIVE (yes, 5) kids manage not to kill each other in their two-bedroom Manhattan apartment. His family’s tight quarters mean more laughs for us:

In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald’s, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children—everything from cousins (“celebrities for little kids”) to toddlers’ communication skills (“they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news”), to the eating habits of four year olds (“there is no difference between a four year old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor”). Reminiscent of Bill Cosby’sFatherhoodDad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.

Just a warning if you read this book in public: people will shoot you crazy looks when your chuckles turn into full out laughs.

Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

From Left to Write book club members will discuss Dad Is Fat (Three Rivers Press) on April 22 in celebration of the book’s paperback release. If you can’t wait until Tuesday, order the hardcover or ebook (for instant gratification), and come chime in our discussion.

Keep up with Jim Gaffigan via his website, Facebook or Twitter.

Book Review: What Nora Knew

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Over the weekend, I snuggled in bed with What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin. Reading the novel was like settling down with a good friend. All I needed was a glass of wine to make it a girl’s night in. If you’ve ever seen any of Nora Ephron’s movies, you’ll love this book. Thirty-nine year old Molly […]

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Book Club Discussion: Reasons My Kid Is Crying

Today we’re veering a little bit from our usual book club discussion format. Usually From Left to Write book club member share a personal story that’s inspired by our book club selection. We’re getting even more personal. Greg Pembroke had us laughing in his new book Reasons My Kid Is Crying. Inspired by the photos of […]

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Book Club Feature: Reasons My Kid Is Crying

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Our next From Left to Write book club selection is Reasons My Kid Is Crying by Greg Pembroke. Anyone who has taken care of young children will love this book. As a parent, I never want my kids to cry. Sometimes, they cry for reasons that only make sense to them. Father and blogger Greg Pembroke […]

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Book Club Discussion: The Opposite of Maybe

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Newly single and pregnant was not what Rosie had planned for her 44th year in life.  Somehow with the help of her grandmother and her friends, she manages to make sense of these big changes in the novel  The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson. From Left to Write members have been discussing this book club selection behind […]

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