Category Archives: Non-Fiction

Maeve’s Times: In Her Own Words by: Maeve Binchy

Maeve's Times

After Maeve passed away, her husband gathered a collection of her articles from the Irish Times and had them published into this book.  I was and still am a huge fan of Maeve Binchy.  Her writing was unlike anything I had ever read before and her story telling abilities were bar none.

I listened to this on audio book and found that it was read by her daughter with the same strong Irish accent that I believe Maeve had.  It was as if I was listening to her.  Each of these stories were articles that she had written and published in the Irish Times.  There was no continuous theme except that they are painstakingly honest.

I found myself nodding my head in agreement and laughing at some of the stories.  I did enjoy it but I know that if I had read it, I may have enjoyed it more.  Short stories and/or articles are difficult to listen to.  It is much better, for me anyway, to listen to a complete story.  That being said, her writing was true to that of her full length novels.

I gave this book 4 crowns.


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Heat by: Bill Buford


Have you ever wondered what went on behind the scenes of a “celebrity” chef’s kitchen?  In this book, Bill takes us to Babbo, a NYC restaurant owned and operated by Mario Batali.  Although, I am not too sure as to how this came about, Bill winds up working in Mario’s kitchen, starting from the bottom and sweating his way through the different stations.  Along the way, he has the opportunity to travel to Italy and learn different techniques and butchering methods.

The story itself was good but it was very wordy.  This book is huge and each page is filled with smallish font.  I did listen to the majority of this book on audio and that kept me from giving up.  I think that if I read it from start to finish, I may not have made it.  This was part memoir, part gossipy, part travelogue, part foodie fascination.

I gave this book 3 crowns.


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A Year in the World by: Frances Mayes

A Year in the World

I love Frances Mayes writing style.  It is no secret that I loved Under the Tuscan Sun and this was just as good.  She has such a way with worlds.  I was able to visualize what she saw and taste what she ate.

This is a travelogue of her trip with her husband that lasted a year.  The visited many countries and were able to learn and experience so much form the native people.  I loved that this book had a mix of locations and foods.  It brought the book to life.

I gave this book 5 crowns.


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I Feel Bad. All Day. Every Day. About Everything. by: Orli Auslander

I Feel Bad

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Talking As Fast As I Can From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything IN Between by: Lauren Graham

Talking As Fast As I Can

I love Lauren Graham and I was a faithful watcher of Gilmore Girls when it originally aired.  I still love her and all of the shows she has been in.  I was very excited to see this memoir come out last year.

Lauren is very humorous and she does tell some interesting stories, but I felt the the subtitle of this book gave me false hope.  I really wanted so much more info about her time shooting the show and working with the actors.  There really wasn’t much detail there.

Lauren talked a lot about her acting experiences, or lack thereof, before Gilmore Girls came to be, but I wanted some juicy tidbits about working on the show.  This was a quick read and the writing was good.  I was just a bit disappointed in the lack of detail.

I gave this book 4 crowns.


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For You Mom, Finally by: Ruth Reichl


Previously published as Not Becoming My Mother, this is a small book about Ruth’s mother and some of the lessons that she learned from her.  Ruth did not have the best relationship with her mother as a young girl, but when she found a box of letters and notes in the attic penned in her mother’s hand, she comes to find a better understanding of her.

Ruth’s writing is so wonderful and warming to read.  I really enjoy her work.  I highly recommend picking up either her nonfiction books or her fiction novel.

I gave this book 4 crowns.


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How to Murder Your Life by: Cat Marnell


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