[5 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: The Book of Marie

He calls it his most important work. The Book of Marie by Terry Kay is an epistolary novel that spans fifty years of Cole Bishop’s life. Sparked by an invitation to his fiftieth high school reunion, Cole is thrust into memories of the girl, Marie who moved into his small North Georgia town his senior year – 1955.
Arriving from the “progressive” area of DC, Marie stirs things up in Overton, first by teaching the four small black children of their house maid and then by delivering a valedictorian speech that …

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[25 Jan 2014 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Thai Butternut Squash Soup

I started making this last fall, and it has been a hit everywhere I’ve served it. Even my mom – who had previously sworn she didn’t like anything butternut squash – loved it & gladly took a pint home for her & Dad to enjoy. She even invited me to bring it as an appetizer on Thanksgiving. Most recently, I served this when I hosted my book club. 

Thai Butternut Squash Soup
1 large butternut squash, peeled & cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2 lbs)
2 cups chicken broth
1 14 oz can unsweetened …

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[4 Jan 2014 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: After the Arena

Consider this a shameless plug for my uncle’s new book in which I make a cameo appearance drinking strawberry moonshine. No joke –  page 193.
And, let’s just get out of the way that this is no literary masterpiece. After the Arena is Coach Pat Dye’s follow-up to In the Arena that was published in 1992. Coach Dye – Uncle Pat – is a retired football coach who grew up in rural Georgia; he’s no English scholar, which he points out several times, so he’s not trying to be a literary …

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[30 Dec 2013 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: The Homecoming of Samuel Lake

I’ve found myself recommending this book a couple of times lately, so I thought I would make it official and write a brief review.
There are times when I pick a book up on a fluke just to be entertained and come away pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield is one such experience. I would describe it as contemporary Southern fiction. It is a little dark and a little humorous and occasionally both at the same time.
It centers around the Moses family and …

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[8 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: Origin

Call me a skeptic. Young adult, pseudo-science fiction, 22-year-old author, first novel (OK, so I like first novels) – Jessica Khoury’s Origin was not shaping up to be my cup of tea. However, toss in that the author is from Toccoa, Ga. – my hometown – and I’m a little more engaged. Add that two readers I respect suggest it is better than Hunger Games (one being my mom) and despite the fact that I haven’t actually read the Hunger Games (see list of why not to read above), I’ll be …

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[10 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]
Manners Monday :: The Holidays

Since the holidays are upon us, I thought I’d take this opportunity to remind us of a few things to keep in mind as we celebrate with others:
1. Don’t arrive early. It is better to be five minutes late than five minutes early. The final 15 minutes before a party are crucial to your host. If you’re going somewhere unfamiliar and you are unsure of how long it will take to arrive, that’s fine. If you arrive early, drive around the neighborhood and enjoy the new scenery. Noting your hosts’ …