A Really Good Day

Ayelet Waldman suffered from severe mood swings for years. She went through a lot trying to get a diagnosis — she was even misdiagnosed as having bipolar disorder for a few years — and she dutifully participated in therapy and tried almost every medication out there. That worked to varying degrees, but it was allContinue reading “A Really Good Day”

Quickies: Butter & Lincoln in the Bardo

Butter: A Rich History by Elaine Khosrova Publisher/Year: Algonquin Books, 2016 Format: eBook Pages: 336 Source: Publisher What it is: Khosrova takes readers around the world to examine the cultural and religious significance of butter. She also looks at the history of butter making and its subsequent commercialization, then turns her focus to contemporary butter artisans. Only about half theContinue reading “Quickies: Butter & Lincoln in the Bardo”

Burial Rites

Set in 1829 and based on a true story, Burial Rites follows the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last woman who was executed in Iceland. Having been convicted of murdering her former master, Natan, Agnes is sent to an isolated farm to await her execution. The family who owns the farm is horrified by this turnContinue reading “Burial Rites”

Love, Loss, and What We Ate

Greetings from Chennai, formerly Madras, where today’s author was partly raised. My friend and I have been here for a few days and are heading out tomorrow. It’s safe to say that the highlight of my stop in Chennai happened last night. My friends and I had a chance to take a private South Indian cooking class inContinue reading “Love, Loss, and What We Ate”