Reading. Running. Knitting. Cooking. Embracing Geekiness.
So yesterday Jake told us all about the history of Florida. Florida. I bet it’s nice and warm there now. I bet there’s no snow on the ground in Florida. I bet I could run outside if I were in Florida.
Oooopps. Did I type that out loud?
Anyway…back to the books. So how about some books set in Florida?
Carl Hiaasen is one of my favorite writers. He writes for adults and kids and both sets of books…
Didn’t realize you read graphic novels. Can you reccommend any others?My experience with graphic novels is limited, but expanding. I have difficulty reading manga, both because of the style and the right to left orientation, so I don’t really have any of those to recommend.
lol, that’s not enough racesI’m not sure you’re the best person to listen to if I’m looking for a rational response. ;*)
I was contemplating Garden Spot….I couldn’t resist the Road Apple Award. I’m also registered for the Bird-in-Hand half in September.
Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a
gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her
obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and
funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus
far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons
learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is
bookended with an illustrated recipe—many of them
treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy’s original
A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion
for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a
book for our time: it invites the reader to celebrate food
as a connection to our bodies and a connection to the
earth, rather than an enemy, a compulsion, or a
This semester I’m teaching a class called “Writing for College.” The class also includes some extra readings. To start, I had my students look over the new list of Outstanding Books for the College Bound and choose any book from there. And to be fair, I also decided to pick up something from the list that I hadn’t read yet. This is how Relish ended up coming home with me. (And it also won an Alex honor, so it counts towards my Best of the Best reading!)
Relish tells of Knisley’s relationship with food through small vignettes, memories based on a particular food or the food of a particular place (trips to Mexico and Tokyo are featured). She clearly shows how her relationships are affected by food and cooking and eating. In particular, I liked that she and Drew continue to cook together when they spend time together.
Her illustrations are vibrant and beautiful and add depth to each story.
One of the most refreshing aspects of this book is her love for junk food. When your folks are raising you on fresh pesto and tomatillos off the vines, what better way to rebel than with McDonald’s, blue ketchup, and Lucky Charms?
Knisley’s recipe illustrations are unique and wonderful. The put me in mind, a bit, of Molly Katzen’s books with her simple illustrations. I’m looking forward to trying out her sushi recipe with my cooking class at school.
It’s been a long time since I’ve read him, so maybe my opinion would have changed with age. I put him in the same category as John Updike: I appreciate that it’s good writing, but the stories just seemed too “male-oriented” for me.Not a Faulkner fan??? Faulkner is great!
The Sound and the Fury is one of my favorite books of all time. :)I liked it more than I expected. Especially since I’m not usually a big fan of Faulkner’s novels. And the “problematic” POV was, in my opinion, the most interesting part of the book.