Nonfiction

French Living

French FlagIf you’re looking for books similar to Julia Child’s My Life in France, you may enjoy Peter Mayle’s French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew . In this book, Mayle takes us on a gastronomic journey through France. French LessonsA Year in ProvenceYou may also want to read<

On the Shelf: Diabetes & Heart Healthy Cookbook

Healthcare has been a hot-button topic lately. No matter where you stand on the issue, it’s likely you’ve been thinking about it a lot, and, if you’re like me, I imagine you’ve also become more aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise.

The Benefit$ of Age

Unbelievably Good Deals and Great Adventures....Over 50When I turned 18, I got an invitation in the mail to join the American Association of Retired Persons. Obviously, I couldn’t join then, but I’m looking forward to getting older for two reasons: the social get-togethers and the discounts.

Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Amish GraceCharles Roberts is angry and frustrated at himself - and at God.  One crisp October morning, he decides to do something about it.  He walks into an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania carrying a large bag of ammunition.

He wants revenge on God, so he takes hostages.  A standoff ensues when the police arrive.  A short while later, Roberts opens fire, killing five of the children and critically wounding five others before taking his own life.

When Plants Go Bad

Book of WeedsThe shelves are lined with books about dealing with bad behavior – in kids, in teens, in spouses, in pets. Well, add another bad-behaving item to the list: PLANTS. The Book of Weeds: How to Deal with Plants That Behave Badly by Ken Thompson gives naughty plants their due attention. You’d think Thompson would just give general advise on getting rid of weeds, but he treats each one in detail. Whether it’s Ragwort, Creeping Buttercup, or Goosegrass, you’ll learn how it succeeds, what to do, and the silver lining if you decide to keep it.

 

BON LIRE AND BON APPETIT

MY LIFE IN FRANCEJULIA &JULIAI saw Julia and Julia over the weekend at the movies.

Become buff and healthy!

Austin firefighter, and former professional tri athlete, Rip Esselstyn, offers a diet for those looking to lower their cholesterol. In The Engine 2 Diet he advocates switching to a vegan diet low in fat and sugar. It’s definitely not a diet for everyone, but I enjoyed it because I was interested in lowering my cholesterol. He provides a lot of medical information, tips on what to buy at the store, and lots of recipes that look good. I may still have some fat and sugar once in a while, but his enthusiasm for eating healthy won me over. There's lot of information on http://www.theengine2diet.com/.

A Little Texas History

Historical Roadside Marker

You've seen them all over the roads of Texas. Those rectangular aluminum markers standing sentry beside highways, country roads, and tourist destinations. A treasury of Texas history is engraved upon them. They recount the history of important buildings, influential people, dramatic events, and local legends.

The state of Texas began placing the markers in the late 1930s. The modern program, currently run by the Texas Historical Commission, began in 1962. Today, you can find more than 13,000 markers throughout the state.

Stephen King – Not So Scary After All

Haunted HeartStephen King scares me. (See my other blog post this week.) But don’t you find that once you get to know someone, they don’t intimidate you as much as before? I plan to find out. I’m starting a 2008 biography of King written by Lisa Rogak, who also wrote biographies of Shel Silverstein and Dan Brown.

On the Shelf: Penguin Lives

Biographies are not my first (second, third or fourth!) choice of reading material. It’s not that I have no interest in the lives interesting (often infamous) people have led throughout history. I simply don’t enjoy wading through the depth and breadth of information provided by most biographers.

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