Category Archives: Non-Fiction

How to Murder Your Life by: Cat Marnell


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Juliet’s Answer: One Man’s Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak by: Glenn Dixon

juliets-answer Publication date: February 7, 2017

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Big Magic by: Elizabeth Gilbert


Book #77 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

It is no secret that I loved Eat, Pray, Love by this author.  I first read it at a time in my life in which I felt as if it was meant for me to read.  I have read some other works by Elizabeth Gilbert and they have been hit or miss.

I ordered this book when it first came out and hoped that I would enjoy it.  I listened to this book on audio because she reads it and I love her voice and narration.  I was not disappointed with Big Magic.

I found myself nodding my head in agreement and talking to Elizabeth while I was alone in my car.  I felt as if I was having a conversation with a friend.  Her thoughts on fear and creativity are so spot on.  I related to this book like I didn’t think I would.

I highly recommend this to anyone who is intimidated by creativity and held back by fear.

I gave this book 5 crowns.


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Eight Flavors The Untold Story of American Cuisine by: Sarah Lohman


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Life of the Party by: Bob Kealing


I won an ARC of this book from the publishers through Read It Forward.

I listened to this book on audio.  This is the story of Brownie Wise who is known to be the woman who lead the way for other women into the home sales business.  Brownie had to figure out a way to make enough money to live comfortably and raise her son after her divorce.

At the same time, Earl Tupper was about to revolutionize the way the households kept and preserved their food.  Tupper created Tupperware and Brownie Wise brought it into homes across America.  This was a powerhouse of a team.  However, like the saying goes: “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  The power went to Brownie’s head and that eventually led to her complete disappearance from the home party world.  This is her story.

I thought this book had potential.  I never really knew of the story behind the Tupperware home parties although I am very attuned to the home party sales industry.  The book itself was a bit slow and may have had a bit to much unnecessary details for my liking.

I gave this book 2 crowns.



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Tender at the Bone by: Ruth Reichl


Book #72 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

If you have read my other reviews, you know how much I love Ruth Reichl’s writing.  She pays such incredible attention to detail and takes the reader into her story.  Added bonus: recipes are included.  This is a nonfiction book that takes us back in time to when Ruth was growing up and had to protect house guests from her mother’s cooking.

We hear about how food became such an integral part of Ruth’s life.  This is a coming of age story that only Ruth Reichl could tell.  I encourage everyone to pick up her books.  I only have two more to go before I have read what is currently published and I am taking my time to get through them because I know I will love them.

I gave this 5 crowns.



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Under the Tuscan Sun By: Frances Mayes



20th Anniversary Edition with a New Afterword

Twenty years ago, Frances Mayes–widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer–introduced readers to a wondrous new world when she bought and restored an abandoned villa called Bramasole in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. Under the Tuscan  inspired generations to embark on their own journeys–whether that be flying to a foreign country in search of themselves, savoring one of the book’s dozens of delicious seasonal recipes, or simply being transported by Mayes’s signature evocative, sensory language. Now, with a new afterword from the Bard of Tuscany herself, the 20th anniversary edition of Under the Tuscan Sun brings us up-to-date with the book’s most beloved characters.


FRANCES MAYES is the author of four books about Tuscany. The now-classic Under the Tuscan Sun–which was a New York Times bestseller for more than two and a half years and became a Touchstone movie starring Diane Lane. It was followed by Bella Tuscany and two illustrated books, In Tuscany and Bringing Tuscany Home. She is also the author of the novel,Swan, six books of poetry, and The Discovery of Poetry. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages.

My Review:

This is one of my favorite books and I can’t believe it was first published 20 years ago.  This memoir and the movie adaptation are my “go-to” when I want something uplifting. Frances Mayes has written the story of her spontaneous purchase of a house in Tuscany and the days following with the renovations.  Her descriptions transport you to that house and that town with those people whom you want to befriend.

Her afterward in this 20th anniversary edition just reminded me how much I loved this story.  Frances Mayes has a way of making her words- dare alla luce- give to the light. If you haven’t read this yet, please give yourself a gift and read this!

This is a 5 crown read!


I received the 20th anniversary edition of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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