March Titles

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I’m half a month late with this post (it’s okay – I’m only doing this for my records since I don’t have blog readers anymore)!

March was the month of non-fiction for me.  April is back to fiction titles (more on that at the end of this month).  I cooked a lot and I read about cooking and food and restaurants. I also read about homeschooling and social media.  It was a weird reading month…but a great month overall.  We produced our spring show (directed by our good friend and very talented theater artist), visited with my brother and sister in law who just moved home from living in New Zealand, and began thinking about our summer garden (!!!).

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Ruth Reichl’s…Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise  Reichl has led a very interesting life, according to her books.  I’ve yet to read a few of her other books, but this book led me to believe that her career and slightly glamorous lifestyle have come easy to her.  Critics of her work have noted that she writes from a position of privilege and wealth.  Maybe these critics are jealous.  I, for one, was fascinated about her tales of writing restaurant reviews in New York City while raising a young son (about the age that our youngest is now).  It was almost perfect: an expense account that funded all of her high-class eating in New York City, and guests of her choosing.  Sometimes.  She chose to eat in restaurants in clever disguises most of the time to see how they would treat her as opposed to going into the restaurant as a well-known restaurant critic.

Ruth Reichl’s My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life  I would love to own this book…but it’s still in hardback and quite expensive.  And, I could probably only make one or two of the recipes.  She loves to cook with anchovies.  In fact, she lists it as a staple ingredient in her pantry.  That is not me at all.  Again, this book was panned by some as flaunting her wealthy lifestyle, and yet complaining about losing her job as the Editor of Gourmet Magazine suddenly. I don’t care how rich you are: when you lose a job without warning, it’s a blow to your mental and emotional health.  She nursed herself back to life by writing this book, and cooking for her family, friends, and herself.  I loved reading the recipes and the seasons of this book. Even if the food really isn’t my way of cooking.

So You’ve been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson.  This book fascinated and scared the crap out of me.  Because it’s something that can happen to any of us.  We have no control over how others perceive and react to our online presence.  For the past 9 months, I’ve pulled waaaaaaay back from social media posting.  My Facebook “On This Day” posts show me that I used to post daily…several times a day…about the goings on of my life. I don’t do that anymore.  My life is still full and more meaningful without needing to update the online world about it.  I’ve gone back to paper and pen journaling, and my online life is now a few pictures posted on my Instagram account. Because everything you “put out there” leaves a footprint.  And it can never go away.  And sometimes it can destroy your life.  This book will give you several examples of that (some of which you may remember. Just google “Justine Sacca”).  The stories and points he makes are wonderfully organized.  I flew through this book in a few days.

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Life got busy towards the end of the month (show weeks always leave me super drained and busy), and I’ll admit to watching a tad more netflix and HGTV than I normally do in the evenings (when I normally read).  That’s all for March!