WHAT YOU MIGHT BE READING IN NOVEMBER
Sometimes we think we are living in a crazy era. We don’t know whether to read about it, or escape from it. Or, maybe the choice is clear?
Checking that delightful A Reader’s Book of Days by Tom Nissley that sits on my desk, I discovered strange reads for these mid-November days.
On November 16:
In 1865: Henry James complained about reviewing Drum-taps by Walt Whitman.
In 1928 the a judge suppressed The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall, a novel portraying the physical love between women .
In 1970 using money from the film of his bestselling novel, The Liberation of Lord Byron Jones, the story of a black undertaker shot by a white policeman who was sleeping with his wife, author Jesse Hill Ford built an estate in Tennessee he called Canterfield. And there is more to Jesse Hill Ford’s story.
On November 17
The birthday of Shelby Foote, you may wish to read Shiloh, one of his books which I liked very much.
Jim Harrison published in the New Yorker on this date in 2003 a chronicle of a thirty-seven course French lunch. He particularly enjoyed the “tart of calf’s brains with shelled peas.”
Is the birthday of Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace. For these famous novels even television is climbing on the band wagon to rave reviews.
Also the date of death in 1999 of Paul Bowles whose The Sheltering Sky I’ve been meaning to read for a very long time.
And, I believe the publication date in 1975 of The Savage Detectives, by Roberto Bolano in which characters make their way from Mexico City to Chile to Liberia. I’ve never read it, but perhaps you’d like to give it a go.
Crazy times and crazy books are not limited to 2017 as you well know and these books demonstrate.
Hey, enjoy your reading!
TWO BOOKS TO HELP YOU MAKE YOUR HOUSE COZY AND BRIGHT
November 7, 2017
House Plants: the Complete Guide to Choosing Growing, and Caring for Indoor Plants by Lisa Steinkopf
Wish I had a green thumb. I’m always trying. I should buy this book.
The author of the above book talks about how to choose the right plants for space and conditions. She problem-solves about pests.
This book would make a great house warming or wedding gift.
This is a book I’d like to take a closer look at. One for me and one for a friend’s housewarming party?
Detroit News Columnist Nancy Szerlag reminds us:
Houseplants add texture and color to our home décor.
Houseplants clean the air.
Houseplants have a healing effect and help us mellow out.
Wow! Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Farmhouse Styles Help Make a Home Warm and Cozy
Have you noticed that Target has a new line of home goods called Hearth and Hand with Magnolia from HGTV’s Joanna and Chip Gaines? It is not necessarily farmhouse, but cozy and welcoming. That’s why I like it. The lines are simple. Maureen Feighan of the Detroit News brings this to our attention.
The Magnolia Story is an ebook by the pair available for 9.99. It is also available in hardcover.
Rustic, neutral colors and chipped are clues to this style. I guess my pink chairs will have to go?!
October 21, 1017
Author and Photographer: Michal Crouser with Foreword by Gretel Ehrlich
Publisher: University of Texas Press 2017 #24 M.K. Brown Range Life Series
Genre: Book of Photographs, Also personal sketches of ranchers
Source: Personal copy
I bought this book by mistake. How could one do such a thing? When you do as much business with Amazon as I do, it is possible, though crazy. Perhaps it will be a Christmas gift, or perhaps it will sit on my coffee table and I will continue to enjoy it.
This is a book of informative and affecting black and white ranch photos from the mountain ranches of Northwestern Colorado. If you are checking the atlas, look for Eagle County. This is one of the places mentioned in the photo and prose portraits of eight men and women who tell of their lives on Mountain Ranches. Ben Wurtsmith summed up his life and work as a cowpuncher with these words: “I just can’t imagine anybody being happier than me.” Rose Horn spent her life milking cows. Each life is interesting and a peek into a window of one of the rooms of our historical culture in the US. Each life is interesting. Most worked close to home, some raised a passel of kids and all rode horses.
The photographer and writer tell us that the men and women he met and photographed in Colorado were fourth-fifth-sixth generation ranchers. He was fascinated with their way of life. Their lives are filled with complications as are his photographs and the process of bringing them to an audience. He tried to make something “rich and true.” I believe he has succeeded. He spent a decade on the project. He has put those of us who enjoy these pictures in touch with vanishing scenes of Americana -scenes this reader finds endlessly fascinating. And the mountain views that greet these folks on many-a-morning are breathtaking.
5 BOOKS TO EXPLORE COOKING AND THE WORLD OF FOOD
October 9, 2017
Modernist Bread by Nathan Myhrvold and Grancisco Migoya
Five volumes about the art and science of bread-making with a binder of recipes to take into the kitchen. Chocolate-Cherry Sourdough anyone? I would wish the book had smell-o-vision.
Fasting and Feasting: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray by Adam Federman
Biography of a famous cook and food writer I know nothing about. Who was she? What makes her notable? What can I learn?
Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook by Alice Waters with Cristina Moeler and Bob Carrau
I own one of her books, but still the essence of Alice Waters escapes me. Perhaps it’s time to dig deeper. From Indiana to New York City and world fame. What could be more interesting than tracing her journey?
Big Chicken by Maryn McKenna
This nonfiction is an investigation of poultry farming. What farming practices are threatening public health?
Twelve Days of Christmas compiled by Barbour Staff
This one looks like unique fun. Bread, Soups Sides, Cooking for kids and more! Take a peek.