[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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[16 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
Righteous Anger, or the Book the NY Times Apparently Doesn’t Want You to Know About

There’s a book out there that the New York Times apparently doesn’t want you to know about. It was released on Feb. 4, 2014, and despite incredible sales, it does not appear in this week’s NY Times Best Seller list. It also fails to appear here or here. (Updated – Amazon now lists it as #1 under Church Leadership here.)
How books are “graded” and what it takes to make the list are highly guarded secrets. Neither the NYT or Amazon – two of the more well-known lists – will reveal …

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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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[29 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: Dear Life

Call me homesick for a good read, but this favorite and familiar author – Alice Munro – came through for what ailed me. Her latest collection, Dear Life, was the recent selection for my book club and neither the book nor our discussion disappointed.
The primary section of Dear Life consists of ten stories – all typical of Munro’s style. She crafts believable characters in unremarkable situations to achieve thoughtful and real episodes of poignancy. Not unlike Flannery O’Connor who allows all of her main characters a moment of grace to accept …