Fun Facts Friday: Bernard DeVoto
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / January 11, 2019

Bernard DeVoto (11 January, 1897 – 13 November, 19550 was an American writer, historian, editor, and teacher. As well as a writer, Mr. DeVoto is remembered as a champion of public land conversation and civil liberties. Books by Bernard DeVoto* Mr. DeVoto was born in Ogden, Utah. Mr. DeVoto attended the University of Utah for one year, but then transferred to Harvard University. His studies were interrupted when he joins the Army in World War I. As an English instructor at Northwestern University he began publishing novels and articles. His nom de plumes were “John August” and Cady Hewes”. As an authority on Mark Twain, Mr. DeVoto served as curator and editor for Twain’s papers and wrote several publications on the famous author. Mr. DeVoto’s wife, Avis, was a book reviewer and editor as well as an accomplished cook and friends with Julia Child. Mr. DeVoto and Mrs. Child actually began corresponding when he wrote an article in Harper’s Magazine saying he hated stainless steel knives. Mrs. Child wrote him to say she agreed one hundred percent. Mrs. Child used Mrs. DeVoto as an editor when writing Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Their correspondence is held the Schlesinger Library…

Book Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
3 Stars , Fantasy , Fiction , Latest Posts / January 9, 2019

About: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman is a retelling of the stories which captivated many over centuries. Mr. Gaiman is a prolific author – and one of my personal favorites. 304 pages Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company Language: English ISBN-10: 039360909X   My rating for Norse Mythology– 3 Buy Norse Mythology from Amazon.com* More Books by Neil Gaiman* Thoughts: I was very excited to read another Neil Gaiman work. I have enjoyed several of his books and graphic novels. His imagination knows no bounds, and his storytelling is masterful. I knew very little about these stories before opening the book, and was looking forward to learn more. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman does not disappoint, as the author tells wonderful stories in an easy to read, relatable manner. I speculate that Mr. Gaiman tried to make these stories a bit more interesting than they actually are, while staying away from “comic book” lore, or to make them too pop-culture like. The gods in these stories sure do talk a lot, they are good natured but treats being a wise-ass as a good thing. I did expect this book to have a bit more adult oriented material, especially from the…

Book Review: The Cook by Maylis de Kerangal
Latest Posts / January 2, 2019

About: The Cook  by Maylis de Kerangal (translated by Sam Taylor) is a fictional biography of Mauro, a young man who dreams of working as a cook / chef. Ms. de Kerangal is a prize winning French author.   112 pages Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 26, 2019) Language: English ISBN-10: 0374120900 My rating for The Cook – 4 Buy The Cook from Amazon.com* More Books by Maylis de Kerangal*   Thoughts: If I learned anything from The Cook  by Maylis de Kerangal (translated by Sam Taylor) is that I never want to work in a kitchen. I do enjoy cooking and baking breads, but I never had the desire to punish myself as a professional in that industry. This is a short book, a fast read, but very lyrical and imaginative. Mauro, the subject of this book, loves to cook and tries to find himself through various cuisines throughout the world. Even venturing into opening his own restaurant. Mauro’s life is intense, always a struggle in a fast paced world which he thrives on. Unlike many in his line of work, Maruro does not take it lightly when being humiliated and has the confidence and ability to simply walk out…

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