Two great reads
I’ve just read two books I had to share here. They are like night and day, but I liked them both. If you’re looking for a good read, you can check them out. And if you read them, I hope you come back so we can chat.
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister might appeal to all you foodies out there. This is a lovely book where people from various walks of life meet in a once-a-month cooking class. They all bring their own pasts and baggage, but the friendships that they form are meant to outlast the cooking class. And, oh, I would love to take Lillian’s cooking class. I want Lillian to be my friend. What’s stayed with me the most is thinking about time while I bake. It took time for that tree to grow and for that fruit to ripen or for that cow to grow and produce milk to be made into butter, so why am I trying to rush through the baking experience? I’m trying to slow down while I bake and enjoy the process more. It’s been really nice. Oops. Did I just get hokey?
When the Elephants Dance is an amazing book. It’s so well-written and the author seamlessly moves from one narrator to another and from one time period to another. This was her first novel and it’s GOOD. You can check out an interview with Tess Uriza Holthe here, where you can read more about the book too.
This novel is set in the Phillipines at the end of WWII, during the last week of Japanese occupation. We meet one family and their friends – all of whom are hiding from the Japanese in the basement of the family home. There are unflinching looks at war, mixed with the legends and myths of the Filipino people. It is superb storytelling. I finished it and just sat back and thought, “Wow.” I love when an author gets under my skin like that.