Review of the MonthReview the book of the Month here.We have been reading Pomegranate Soup, and I am sure we have our own opinions about the book.So settle down this weekend with a good cup of coffee or a glass of classy wine and tell us what you thought.
BOOK SUGGESTIONSDo you know a great book, have you heard rumors of a great book, have you seen a compelling add for a great book? Want it in the "1st of the Month Poll"?My email address is in the Profile page, so email me about it, with the Title line "Book of the Month Suggestion" and I know it's not spam. ;)Do partisipate! it is Democracy, not Dictatorship.Now is the time to start thinking of a book you think would be great for next month. Send me an email of the book with it's Name, Writer and ISBN number.Next weeks Wednesday I'll post the poll!
1. What name should we call you by?Abigail2. Favourite Writer?I could never pick a favorite, there are way too many amazing authors out there.3. Favourite Genre?I read a lot of non-fiction (specifically food and travel writing and histories), young adult/children's lit, romance/chick lit 4. Favourite Books?a. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickensb. A Year in the World by Frances Mayesc. The Discomfort Zone by Jonathan Franzend. Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichle. The Bundle at Blackthorpe Heath by Mark Copeland5. Your Reading/Writing Quirks?I am willing to give almost any book a try. I like to find new authors to enjoy. I'm a former library employee who loves to wander the stacks and surround myself with the smell of books.
1. What name should we call you by?Vanessa :)2. Favourite Writer?Wendi Corsi Staub, pretty much anyone who writes a good book..I don't really like to play favorites (too many lol) and david sedaris is pretty funny.3. Favourite Genre?mystery, chick lit, animal books (like animal behavior) and a few I cant think of at the moment4. Favourite Books?(5 or less)Wow, I just don't know...I have 100+ of them so I can't decide :)5. Your Reading/Writing Quirks?I hate it when a book "feels" too long when you are reading it, or you want to do something while reading (which to me is a sign of a bad book or at least you weren't ready to read it)
Hi everyone. This looks like it's going to be a really fun book club. :)Questions:1. What name should we call you by? Evelyn2. Favourite Writer? It changes all the time. At the moment, Neil Gaiman. Always: Anais Nin, Hunter S Thompson, Henry Miller, Terry Pratchett, Sarah Waters3. Favourite Genre? Autobiography, fantasy, stories where lots of stories intertwine4. Favourite Books?(5 or less)On The Road, Jack KerouacCloud Atlas, David MitchellTipping the Velvet, Sarah Watersthe Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice5. Your Reading/Writing Quirks? I am usually reading many books at once. I can't usually have music on when I'm reading. I sometimes read aloud to myself, putting on different voices of characters and making up accents and speech impediments for them.6. Picture of you:(optional) See my icon.
1. What name should we call you by?Penny2. Favourite Writer?John Irving, Tom Robbins, Elizabeth McCracken3. Favourite Genre?I seem to veer between biographies, history, and short story collections4. Favourite Books?(5 or less)Carter Beats the Devil, Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Wind in the Willows, It5. Your Reading/Writing Quirks?I'm too greedy. I go on library binges because I get so damn excited about getting all these books for free, and I check out more than I can possibly finish (even with renewals) and have to return a bunch unread. (You'd think I would have gotten over that after working in a library for three years.) I do keep a very detailed Reading Journal, with lists of books I want to read and books I have read, including date finished. And yes, I'm enough of a geek that I keep count of how many new books I've read each year, and graph my preferences that year for fiction or nonfiction. This year will be my 10th year doing this.
1. What name should we call you by? Andrea would be fine with me :)2. Favourite Writer?Salman Rushdie3. Favourite Genre?Fiction - to specify: postmodern at best4. Favourite Books?1. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie2. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien4. White Oleander by Janet Fitch5. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman5. Your Reading/Writing Quirks?I'm not able to read anything simultaneously :) I always have to concentrate at one book at a time to really enjoy it. Furthermore, I finish every book I start even if it turns out to be crap after a few pages.
JULYThe Book of the Month July is...Marsha Mehran's"Pomegranate Soup"Copyright 2005ISBN 978-952-459-761-6Random House Publishing GroupPrize range: 6 to 10$ / 6 to 10€Amazon:Pomegranate SoupBack of the Book:Beneath the holy mountain Croagh Patrick, in damp and lovely County Mayo, sits the small, sheltered village of Ballinacroagh. To the exotic Aminpour sisters, Ireland looks like a much-needed safe haven. It has been seven years since Marjan Aminpour fled Iran with her younger sisters, Bahar and Layla, and she hopes that in Ballinacroagh, a land of “crazed sheep and dizzying roads,” they might finally find a home.From the kitchen of an old pastry shop on Main Mall, the sisters set about creating a Persian oasis. Soon sensuous wafts of cardamom, cinnamon, and saffron float through the streets–an exotic aroma that announces the opening of the Babylon Café, and a shock to a town that generally subsists on boiled cabbage and Guinness served at the local tavern. And it is an affront to the senses of Ballinacroagh’s uncrowned king, Thomas McGuire. After trying to buy the old pastry shop for years and failing, Thomas is enraged to find it occupied–and by foreigners, no less. But the mysterious, spicy fragrances work their magic on the townsfolk, and soon, business is booming. Marjan is thrilled with the demand for her red lentil soup, abgusht stew, and rosewater baklava–and with the transformation in her sisters. Young Layla finds first love, and even tense, haunted Bahar seems to be less nervous. And in the stand-up-comedian-turned-priest Father Fergal Mahoney, the gentle, lonely widow Estelle Delmonico, and the headstrong hairdresser Fiona Athey, the sisters find a merry band of supporters against the close-minded opposition of less welcoming villagers stuck in their ways. But the idyll is soon broken when the past rushes back to threaten the Amnipours once more, and the lives they left behind in revolution-era Iran bleed into the present. Infused with the textures and scents, trials and triumph,s of two distinct cultures, Pomegranate Soup is an infectious novel of magical realism. This richly detailed story, highlighted with delicious recipes, is a delectable journey into the heart of Persian cooking and Irish living.
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