[17 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Tabouli

I was introduced to tabouli when a Mediterranean / Greek restaurant moved in across from my office building and couldn’t believe how a delicious salad like this had escaped me all these years. I now make this frequently in the summer and even serve it to guests who are trying it for the first time.
This is a super easy recipe, and while it makes a lot, it is also very easy to divide. The ingredients are forgiving, so if do you want to just make it with one bunch of parsley instead …

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[24 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
For Book Clubs :: SOC Sista Long List

Last night the SOC Sistas gathered for their annual book pitching event (described here). Below is the complete list of nominations. These will go into a survey where each person will select the 10 they want to read. The 10 books with the most votes will make our 2014/15 list.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Bringing up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
The Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash
Emma by Jane Austin
Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Good Lord Bird by James …

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[18 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: We Are Water

Wally Lamb’s We Are Water is the fourth of his novels that I’ve read, and while I’d put it third behind The Hour I First Believed and I Know this Much is True, let me be clear – an average Wally Lamb is still better than about 75 percent of what I read.
We Are Water is the story of Annie Oh  – but also her husband, Orion. Annie is an artist  who has decided to leave Orion after 27 years of marriage because she’s in love with her female publicist, …

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[14 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
For Book Clubs :: Making Your Book Selections

How does your book club pick its next book?
Until last year, we were one of those clubs that – most of the time – selected books month to month. If we were really on the ball or if several members had received recommendations at the same time, we might pick two or three at a time. But we went through a period where we were really struggling, we ended up reading several really bad books in a row, and we all began to be afraid to make a suggestion or …

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[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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[22 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Book Reviews :: Two for One

Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
This was a book club selection that I nominated. It won the Booker Prize in 1999, and four years later Coetzee won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Disgrace takes place in South Africa, and the protagonist (David Lurie) is a man who loses his job as a professor because of a brief affair with a student. He goes to live with his estranged daughter on her farm in the Eastern Cape.
The conflicts within the novel center around David’s complicated relationships with the varied women in his life – a …