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It seems ever since the Harry Potter sensation hit the bookshelves the next "in" thing has been YA, only it's not the YA I remember from my day or even from my daughter's era of the 1980's this YA is a tougher and more sophisticated genre and with saying that Becca Fitzpatrick's new series starting with Hush Hush and now Crescendo fits right in. Staring fallen angels and other otherworldly and not altogether human characters and a story line that will pull in the biggest mystery fan a romance that hit's the spot for romance fans and of course the new in genre paranormal and urban fantasy has an in here too. So come one, come all and enjoy this multi-genre appealing read

 

Here's my review of Crescendo the second in the series

 

 

 

Crescendo 

 

http://thereadingfrenzy.blogspot.com/2010/11/review-of-crescendo-by-becca.html

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This is very different from the Shopaholic series, but it's a WONDERFUL book:

 

 

Twenties Girl

 

 

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Re: New Recommended and or Reviewed-Twenties Girl

 


becke_davis wrote:

This is very different from the Shopaholic series, but it's a WONDERFUL book:

 

 

Twenties Girl

 

 


I was on the fence about this one, I think I'll hop off and try it-

 

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The Warmth of Other Suns   I would love to write a review on this one but frankly, nothing I could say would do it justice. What a wonderful piece of work! I saw Isabel Wilkerson interviewed on Q&A on CSPAN (don't judge, I have below basic cable and have very few watchable channels). I enjoy African American History and thought I might give it a try. I broke my rule of buying brand new hardbacks and am I glad I did! I was drawn in immediately and Wilkerson really gets you connected with the people's stories. If you enjoy history from the perspective of those who've experienced it, this is the book for you. I also think it would be a great choice for those who are in more intellectual type book clubs (mine is not, unfortunately).


This book sounds fascinating!  Thanks for mentioning it.

Laura

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Re: New Recommended and or Reviewed-Twenties Girl

 

Remember Me? 
dhaupt wrote:

 


becke_davis wrote:

This is very different from the Shopaholic series, but it's a WONDERFUL book:

 

 

Twenties Girl

 

 


I was on the fence about this one, I think I'll hop off and try it-

 


 

 

 

 

My daughter is hooked on her Shopaholic books, while I prefer the non-Shopaholic ones. We both agree on this one - it's one of my favorites of 2010. (Although I think it came out in 2009.)

 

I like these, too:

 

 

Can You Keep a Secret?

 

 

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Re: New Recommended and or Reviewed-Twenties Girl

 

 

Twenties Girl 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis

Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don t get visited by ghosts. Or do they?

When the spirit of Lara s great-aunt Sadie a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie s possession for more than seventy-five years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions. Her best friend and business partner has run off to Goa, her start-up company is floundering, and she s just been dumped by the perfect man.

Sadie, however, could care less.

Lara and Sadie make a hilarious sparring duo, and at first it seems as though they have nothing in common. But as the mission to find Sadie's necklace leads to...

 

 

Publishers Weekly

 

Think Topper, that impossibly sophisticated and goofy 1937 ghost tale of blithe spirits bugging the only living soul who can hear them. Kinsella creates an equally vexing and endearing shade, Sadie, a wild-at-heart flapper with unfinished earthly business who badgers 27-year-old great-niece Lara into doing her bidding.

 

Predictable mayhem and the most delicious and delightful romp a ghost and girl-at-loose-ends could ever have in 21st century London ensue. Sadie discovers just how loved she really is, and Lara channels her inner '20s girl to discover the difference between wanting to be in love and finding love.

 

Kinsella, a master of comic pacing and feminine wit (see: the wildly successful Shopaholic series), casts a bigger net with this piece of fun and fluff, weaving family dynamics and an old-fashioned mystery into the familiar chick lit romance. And there's a sweet nod to old folks ("All that white hair and wrinkled skin is just cladding.... They were all young, with love affairs and friends and parties and an endless life ahead of them").

 

It's a breath of crackling fresh air that may well keep readers warm right through winter. (July)


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Re: New Recommended and or Reviewed-Twenties Girl

 

Excerpt: CHAPTER ONE

The thing about lying to your parents is, you have to do it to protect them. It's for their own good. I mean, take my own parents. If they knew the unvarnished truth about my finances/love life/ plumbing/council tax, they'd have instant heart attacks and the doctor would say, "Did anyone give them a terrible shock?" and it would all be my fault. Therefore, they have been in my flat for approximately ten minutes and already I have told them the following lies:

1. L&N Executive Recruitment will start making profits soon, I'm sure of it.

2. Natalie is a fantastic business partner, and it was a really brilliant idea to chuck in my job to become a headhunter with her.

3. Of course I don't just exist on pizza, black cherry yogurts, and vodka.

4. Yes, I did know about interest on parking tickets.

5. Yes, I did watch that Charles Dickens DVD they gave me for Christmas; it was great, especially that lady in the bonnet. Yes, Peggotty. That's who I meant.

6. I was actually intending to buy a smoke alarm at the weekend, what a coincidence they should mention it.

7. Yes, it'll be nice to see all the family again.

Seven lies. Not including all the ones about Mum's outfit. And we haven't even mentioned The Subject.

As I come out of mybedroom in a black dress and hastily applied mascara, I see Mum looking at my overdue phone bill on the mantelpiece.

"Don't worry," I say quickly. "I'm going to sort that out."

"Only, if you don't," says Mum, "they'll cut off your line, and it'll take ages for you to get it installed again, and the mobile signal is so patchy here. What if there was an emergency? What would you do?" Her brow is creased with anxiety. She looks as though this is all totally imminent, as though there's a woman screaming in labor in the bedroom and floods are rising outside the window and how will we contact the helicopter? How?

"Er . . . I hadn't thought about it. Mum, I'll pay the bill. Honest."

Mum's always been a worrier. She gets this tense smile with distant, frightened eyes, and you just know she's playing out some apocalyptic scenario in her head. She looked like that throughout my last speech day at school; afterward she confessed she'd suddenly noticed a chandelier hanging above on a rickety chain and became obsessed by what would happen if it fell down on the girls' heads and splintered into smithereens?

Now she tugs at her black suit, which has shoulder pads and weird metal buttons and is swamping her. I vaguely remember it from about ten years ago, when she had a phase of going on job interviews and I had to teach her all the really basic computer stuff like how to use a mouse. She ended up working for a children's charity, which doesn't have a formal dress code, thank goodness.

No one in my family looks good in black. Dad's wearing a suit made out of a dull black fabric which flattens all his features. He's actually quite handsome, my dad, in a kind of fine-boned, understated way. His hair is brown and wispy, whereas Mum's is fair and wispy like mine. They both look really great when they're relaxed and on their own territory-like, say, when we're all in Cornwall on Dad's rickety old boat, wearing fleeces and eating pasties. Or when Mum and Dad are playing in their local amateur orchestra, which is where they first met. But today, nobody's relaxed.

"So are you ready?" Mum glances at my stockinged feet. "Where are your shoes, darling?"

I slump down on the sofa. "Do I have to go?"

"Lara!" says Mum chidingly. "She was your great-aunt. She was one hundred and five, you know."

Mum has told me my great-aunt was 105 approximately 105 times. I'm pretty sure it's because that's the only fact she knows about her.

"So what? I didn't know her. None of us knew her. This is so stupid. Why are we schlepping to Potters Bar for some crumbly old woman we didn't even ever meet?" I hunch my shoulders up, feeling more like a sulky three-year-old than a mature twenty-seven-year-old with her own business.

"Uncle Bill and the others are going," says Dad. "And if they can make the effort . . ."

"It's a family occasion!" puts in Mum brightly.

My shoulders hunch even harder. I'm allergic to family occasions. Sometimes I think we'd do better as dandelion seeds-no family, no history, just floating off into the world, each on our own piece of fluff.

"It won't take long," Mum says coaxingly.

"It will." I stare at the carpet. "And everyone will ask me about . . . things."

"No, they won't!" says Mum at once, glancing at Dad for backup. "No one will even mention . . . things."

There's silence. The Subject is hovering in the air. It's as though we're all avoiding looking at it. At last Dad plunges in.

"So! Speaking of . . . things." He hesitates. "Are you generally . . . OK?"

I can see Mum listening on super-high-alert, even though she's pretending to be concentrating on combing her hair.

"Oh, you know," I say after a pause. "I'm fine. I mean, you can't expect me just to snap back into-"

"No, of course not!" Dad immediately backs off. Then he tries again. "But you're . . . in good spirits?"

I nod assent.

"Good!" says Mum, looking relieved. "I knew you'd get over . . . things."

My parents don't say "Josh" out loud anymore, because of the way I used to dissolve into heaving sobs whenever I heard his name. For a while, Mum referred to him as "He Who Must Not Be Named." Now he's just "Things."

"And you haven't . . . been in touch with him?" Dad is looking anywhere but at me, and Mum appears engrossed in her handbag.

That's another euphemism. What he means is, "Have you sent him any more obsessive texts?"

"No," I say, flushing. "I haven't, OK?"

It's so unfair of him to bring that up. In fact, the whole thing was totally blown out of proportion. I only sent Josh a few texts. Three a day, if that. Hardly any. And they weren't obsessive. They were just me being honest and open, which, by the way, you're supposed to be in a relationship.

I mean, you can't just switch off your feelings because the other person did, can you? You can't just say, "Oh right! So your plan is, we never see each other again, never make love again, never talk or communicate in any way. Fab idea, Josh, why didn't I think of that?"

So what happens is, you write your true feelings down in a text simply because you want to share them, and next minute your ex- boyfriend changes his phone number and tells your parents. He's such a sneak.

"Lara, I know you were very hurt, and this has been a painful time for you." Dad clears his throat. "But it's been nearly two months now. You've got to move on, darling. See other young men . . . go out and enjoy yourself . . ."

Oh God, I can't face another of Dad's lectures about how plenty of men are going to fall at the feet of a beauty like me. I mean, for a start, there aren't any men in the world, everyone knows that. And a five-foot-three girl with a snubby nose and no suntan isn't exactly a beauty.

OK. I know I look all right sometimes. I have a heart-shaped face, wide-set green eyes, and a few freckles over my nose. And to top it off, I have this little bee-stung mouth which no one else in my family has. But take it from me, I'm no supermodel.

"So, is that what you did when you and Mum broke up that time in Polzeath? Go out and see other people?" I can't help throwing it out, even though this is going over old ground. Dad sighs and exchanges glances with Mum.

"We should never have told her about that," she murmurs, rubbing her brow. "We should never have mentioned it-"

"'Because if you'd done that," I continue inexorably, "you would never have got back together again, would you? Dad would never have said that he was the bow to your violin and you would never have got married."

This line about the bow and the violin has made it into family lore. I've heard the story a zillion times. Dad arrived at Mum's house, all sweaty because he'd been riding on his bike, and she'd been crying but she pretended she had a cold, and they made up their fight and Granny gave them tea and shortbread. (I don't know why the shortbread is relevant, but it always gets mentioned.)

"Lara, darling." Mum sighs. "That was very different; we'd been together three years, we were engaged-"

"I know!" I say defensively. "I know it was different. I'm just saying, people do sometimes get back together. It does happen."

There's silence.

"Lara, you've always been a romantic soul-" begins Dad.

"I'm not romantic!" I exclaim, as though this is a deadly insult. I'm staring at the carpet, rubbing the pile with my toe, but in my peripheral vision I can see Mum and Dad, each mouthing vigorously at the other to speak next. Mum's shaking her head and pointing at Dad as though to say, "You go!"

"When you break up with someone," Dad starts again in an awkward rush, "it's easy to look backward and think life would be perfect if you got back together. But-"

He's going to tell me how life is an escalator. I have to head him off, quick.

"Dad. Listen. Please." Somehow I muster my calmest tones. "You've got it all wrong. I don't want to get back together with Josh." I try to sound as if this is a ridiculous idea. "That's not why I texted him. I just wanted closure. I mean, he broke things off with no warning, no talking, no discussion. I never got any answers. It's like . . . unfinished business. It's like reading an Agatha Christie and never knowing whodunnit!"

There. Now they'll understand.

"Well," says Dad at length, "I can understand your frustrations-"

"That's all I ever wanted," I say as convincingly as I can. "To understand what Josh was thinking. To talk things over. To communicate like two civilized human beings."

And to get back together with him, my mind adds, like a silent, truthful arrow. Because I know Josh still loves me, even if no one else thinks so.

But there's no point saying that to my parents. They'd never get it. How could they? They have no concept of how amazing Josh and I were as a couple, how we fit together perfectly. They don't understand how he obviously made a panicked, rushed, boy-type decision, based on some nonexistent reason probably, and how if I could just talk to him, I'm sure I could straighten everything out and we'd be together again.

Sometimes I feel streets ahead of my parents, just like Einstein must have done when his friends kept saying, "The universe is straight, Albert, take it from us," and inside he was secretly thinking, "I know it's curved. I'll show you one day."

Mum and Dad are surreptitiously mouthing at each other again. I should put them out of their misery.

"Anyway, you mustn't worry about me," I say hastily. "Because I have moved on. I mean, OK, maybe I haven't moved on totally," I amend as I see their dubious expressions, "but I've accepted that Josh doesn't want to talk. I've realized that it just wasn't meant to be. I've learned a lot about myself, and . . . I'm in a good place. Really."

My smile is pasted on my face. I feel like I'm chanting the mantra of some wacky cult. I should be wearing robes and banging a tambourine.

Hare hare . . . I've moved on . . . hare hare . . . I'm in a good place. . . .

Dad and Mum exchange looks. I have no idea whether they believe me, but at least I've given us all a way out of this sticky conversation.

"That's the spirit!" Dad says, looking relieved. "Well done, Lara, I knew you'd get there. And you've got the business with Natalie to focus on, which is obviously going tremendously well. . . ."

My smile becomes even more cultlike.

"Absolutely!"

Hare hare . . . my business is going well . . . hare hare . . . it's not a disaster at all. . . .

"I'm so glad you've come through this." Mum comes over and kisses the top of my head. "Now, we'd better get going. Find yourself some black shoes, chop chop!"

With a resentful sigh I get to my feet and drag myself into my bedroom. It's a beautiful sunshiny day. And I get to spend it at a hideous family occasion involving a dead 105-year-old person. Sometimes life really sucks.

As we pull up in the drab little car park of the Potters Bar Funeral Center, I notice a small crowd of people outside a side door. Then I see the glint of a TV camera and a fluffy microphone bobbing above people's heads.

"What's going on?" I peer out the car window. "Something to do with Uncle Bill?"

"Probably." Dad nods.

"I think someone's doing a documentary about him," Mum puts in. "Trudy mentioned it. For his book."

This is what happens when one of your relations is a celebrity. You get used to TV cameras being around. And people saying, when you introduce yourself, "Lington? Any relation to Lingtons Coffee, ha ha?" and them being gobsmacked when you say, "Yes."

My uncle Bill is the Bill Lington, who started Lingtons Coffee from nothing at the age of twenty-six and built it up into a worldwide empire of coffee shops. His face is printed on every single coffee cup, which makes him more famous than the Beatles or something. You'd recognize him if you saw him. And right now he's even more high profile than usual because his autobiography, Two Little Coins, came out last month and is a bestseller. Apparently Pierce Brosnan might play him in the movie.

Of course, I've read it from cover to cover. It's all about how he was down to his last twenty pence and bought a coffee and it tasted so terrible it gave him the idea to run coffee shops. So he opened one and started a chain, and now he pretty much owns the world. His nickname is "The Alchemist," and according to some article last year, the entire business world would like to know the secrets of his success. 

Continues... 

 


Excerpted from Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella Copyright © 2009 by Sophie Kinsella. Excerpted by permission.
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Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay.

 

This is a blend of fantasy and historical fiction, set in an alternate history of Tang Dynasty China. It's rich and detailed, with nicely intertwined plot threads, lovely word-pictures of the landscape, and writing that often feels like poetry (and I mean that in a good way). A very satisfying read.

 


 

Sentence of Marriage, A tale of Victorian New Zealand.
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Re: New Recommended and or Reviewed-Under Heaven

 


ShayneParkinson wrote:

Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay.

 

This is a blend of fantasy and historical fiction, set in an alternate history of Tang Dynasty China. It's rich and detailed, with nicely intertwined plot threads, lovely word-pictures of the landscape, and writing that often feels like poetry (and I mean that in a good way). A very satisfying read.

 


 


Thanks Shayne, I'm sure some of the members here will check it out.

 

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Re: New Recommended and or Reviewed-Inspriations

this is one I reviewed for Penguin

Inspirations 

 

It was really wonderful, the perfect gift for someone who has everything.

 

http://thereadingfrenzy.blogspot.com/2010/11/review-of-inspirations-selections-of.html

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salander_9277 wrote:

Outside Wonderland 

 

 

Great read!  Below is my review.  I read almost the entire thing in one day, finished the next day.  It doesn't release until March 2011, so I suggest putting it on a must-read list so you don't forget.  I will be looking for more by this author in the future.

 

http://my.barnesandnoble.com/communityportal/review.aspx?reviewid=1461344


Is this a potential First Read for next year?

 

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Mountain_Muse wrote:

Vermontcozy wrote:

salander_9277 wrote:

Outside Wonderland 

 

 

Great read!  Below is my review.  I read almost the entire thing in one day, finished the next day.  It doesn't release until March 2011, so I suggest putting it on a must-read list so you don't forget.  I will be looking for more by this author in the future.

 

http://my.barnesandnoble.com/communityportal/review.aspx?reviewid=1461344


Is this a potential First Read for next year?

 

Mtn Muse


 

Karen, check out the running tally thread for a list of our featured reads here

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Fiction-General-Discussion/A-Running-Tally-of-Gen-Fiction-Rea...

 

I'm working on March now

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My Abandonment  Just finished this one for my face to face book club and here's my review.

 

3 stars. An easy read but a little disturbing.

 

 November's choice for my face to face book club. The story was inspired by a newspaper story the author had read. It discussed how a young girl was found living in the forest with her father. The author always wondered what became of her and used the inspiration to write his first novel. Although written in straightforward prose, it took me a while to get used to the author's style. The first time I started it I had to put it down after about 20 pages, it felt as if I was walking into the middle of a conversation and wasn't able to figure out what was going on. Picked it up again after about a week and was able to read on through.

 

 I don't want to give too much away so my remarks will be cryptic and guarded. In the beginning of the book I wanted to give Father the benefit of the doubt about being individualistic in how he was raising his daughter (i.e. just because it isn't society's "norm" does it make it wrong?) but later it was clear I could not. The author walks the middle line on our perceptions of Father (for a while, at least) and he does an excellent job of depicting how children can be altered by lifestyles. I predict an intense discussion with this one.

 

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pjpick wrote:

My Abandonment  Just finished this one for my face to face book club and here's my review.

 

3 stars. An easy read but a little disturbing.

 

 November's choice for my face to face book club. The story was inspired by a newspaper story the author had read. It discussed how a young girl was found living in the forest with her father. The author always wondered what became of her and used the inspiration to write his first novel. Although written in straightforward prose, it took me a while to get used to the author's style. The first time I started it I had to put it down after about 20 pages, it felt as if I was walking into the middle of a conversation and wasn't able to figure out what was going on. Picked it up again after about a week and was able to read on through.

 

 I don't want to give too much away so my remarks will be cryptic and guarded. In the beginning of the book I wanted to give Father the benefit of the doubt about being individualistic in how he was raising his daughter (i.e. just because it isn't society's "norm" does it make it wrong?) but later it was clear I could not. The author walks the middle line on our perceptions of Father (for a while, at least) and he does an excellent job of depicting how children can be altered by lifestyles. I predict an intense discussion with this one.

 


thanks pjpick, looks intense

 

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dhaupt wrote:

 


pjpick wrote:

My Abandonment  Just finished this one for my face to face book club and here's my review.

 

3 stars. An easy read but a little disturbing.

 

 November's choice for my face to face book club. The story was inspired by a newspaper story the author had read. It discussed how a young girl was found living in the forest with her father. The author always wondered what became of her and used the inspiration to write his first novel. Although written in straightforward prose, it took me a while to get used to the author's style. The first time I started it I had to put it down after about 20 pages, it felt as if I was walking into the middle of a conversation and wasn't able to figure out what was going on. Picked it up again after about a week and was able to read on through.

 

 I don't want to give too much away so my remarks will be cryptic and guarded. In the beginning of the book I wanted to give Father the benefit of the doubt about being individualistic in how he was raising his daughter (i.e. just because it isn't society's "norm" does it make it wrong?) but later it was clear I could not. The author walks the middle line on our perceptions of Father (for a while, at least) and he does an excellent job of depicting how children can be altered by lifestyles. I predict an intense discussion with this one.

 


thanks pjpick, looks intense

 


Deb, not too much, but when you start comparing it to real life occurrences (again, don't want to say too much or I'll give away one of the Aha! moments) that's when it really gets you to thinking how things evolve around those events. Sorry, wish I could say more without giving away stuff. :smileywink:

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Re: New Recommended and or Reviewed- My Abandonment

The Kitchen House  Despite fantastic  reader reviews, I gave it only three stars. Here's my review.

 

This will be another one of those reviews where I just can't seem to decide how to review/rate the book. The book was easy to read, I found myself engrossed fairly early on, and also found myself being pulled back to reading it. However, I would get SOO frustrated by the writer's technique. The plot seemed to be driven by those "lost opportunity" moments, where one of the main characters would intend to do something but would put it off or was prevented from doing something and of course we (the readers) would know that lack of action would have dire consequences. Once or twice in a book is acceptable but this happened so frequently that it really tarnished my opinion of the book. I was also hoping for a little more depth in the story but alas, it was not to be. I would post this book more under a historical chick lit category.

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Re: New Recommended and or Reviewed- Blood Spells

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It seems the genre Paranormal/Urban Fantasy is the new "in" just check out Paul GoatAllen's boards if you don't think so. And I even though I thoroughly enjoy a good piece of fiction of any kind tend to agree with them. There's just something about fantasy, science fiction and paranormal that entices the senses and seems to hit marks with all types of readers. Maybe it's the sad situation of our times that we need to go off into not just another time but another world as well. One of these new series deals with the Mayan end time Calendar of 12-21-12 the author is Jessica Anderson and her series is about The Nightkeepers and there duty to protect the earth from the end time.

The latest in the series is

 

Blood Spells (Final Prophecy Series) and here's what I think about it and the series in general

http://thereadingfrenzy.blogspot.com/2010/11/review-of-blood-spells-by-jessica.html

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If you haven't read The White Queen by Philippa Gregory you should. I recommend this book to anyone. My review is here.

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Last Chinese Chef  Here's one of my favorites I'd like to recommend. The main basis for my recommendations is that the book has received favorable responses from friends that have borrowed/read the book. This one scores very high in that category. The book is often returned to me with the comment, "I've got to get a copy for myself."  In fact, at the time when I finished the book, I just held it in my arms stroking the cover. It was hard to let go.

 

Although there is a fictional story aspect attached, its main focus is an exploration of the culture of food and the sharing of meals in China. I recommend it to foodies and those who love to immerse themselves in other cultures. I've loaned it to a gal who is first generation Chinese American and another gal who has immigrated from China. Both say the cultural aspects are authentic.

 

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BooksToTheCeiling wrote:

If you haven't read The White Queen by Philippa Gregory you should. I recommend this book to anyone. My review is here.


BooksToThe Ceiling..I have had Philippa Gregory on my TBR list of Authors for a while now Thanks for reminding me,,Will have a look at your review as well..Susan..

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