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Cooking Goddess

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As usual, I'm juggling a couple of books right now. In book format and small print is "Pride Against Prejudice: the biography of Larry Doby. Didn't even think about it being the 75th anniversary of his becoming the first black MLB player in the American League on July 5th when I ordered it from the library. I also picked up a cookbook, mostly for the pretty pictures. It's "Rustic Italian Food" by Marc Ventri. Saw him somewhere on TV, liked what he was cooking up, and decided to check out one of his books.

On my tablet are two. The first one is supposed to be a sorta "beach read", but it's been a little more than that. "That Summer" is by Jennifer Weiner, but it's going to be put aside for a few days. While I still have 17 days loan on it, I was just notified that the cozy mystery "Wining and Dying" was available. With only a 14 loan, and the fact that I know it will be more fun the the first, I'm starting it as soon as I log out of DC.
 

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The dictionary of lost words. By Pop Williams.
Turn of previous century, publishing of Oxford Dictionary, Suffrage.
It’s a novel, I like it.
 

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When I opened up Overdrive a week or so ago I saw that they have something called "The Big Library Read" going on. There are a number of e-books being made available during the program at unlimited numbers. The idea is to offer the same book at the same time to Overdrive users everywhere to encourage dialogue about it around the world. The selection at the time was "The Girl in His Shadow", a historical novel, by Audrey Blake. I don't usually read this genre, but the premise sounded intriguing. Set in England during the cholera epidemic of the 1840's, the story follows a young girl who was orphaned at age 6(?) and is now a young adult, assisting the town doctor with his patients. Women in medicine were not allowed at that time, and it is interesting to read the evolution of thinking about their place in the medical field.

Got Garlic, you would probably love this book!
 

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When I opened up Overdrive a week or so ago I saw that they have something called "The Big Library Read" going on. There are a number of e-books being made available during the program at unlimited numbers. The idea is to offer the same book at the same time to Overdrive users everywhere to encourage dialogue about it around the world. The selection at the time was "The Girl in His Shadow", a historical novel, by Audrey Blake. I don't usually read this genre, but the premise sounded intriguing. Set in England during the cholera epidemic of the 1840's, the story follows a young girl who was orphaned at age 6(?) and is now a young adult, assisting the town doctor with his patients. Women in medicine were not allowed at that time, and it is interesting to read the evolution of thinking about their place in the medical field.

Got Garlic, you would probably love this book!
You're right - it sounds fascinating and I love historical fiction, especially when it includes medicine and food. Thanks for the recommendation.

I've been reading a series called Promises to Keep by Shayne Parkinson about a farm family in late 19th century New Zealand. This is an area of the world that I have not read much about. Reading detailed descriptions of how the women prepared five meals per day (breakfast, morning tea, a hot cooked lunch, afternoon tea and dinner) and carried water from a creek to heat up for wash day while most were having children every other year has been quite the reminder of how good most of us in this forum have it these days. Here's more information about her and her books if anyone is interested.

https://www.fantasticfiction.com/p/shayne-parkinson/
 

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