Favorite Quotes

"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."

from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy

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From Frito Pie to Pho

Take Big Bites: adventures around the world and across the table

Title: Take Big Bites: adventures around the world and across the table
By: Linda Ellerbee

Longtime reporter, producer, TV host, and author, Linda Ellerbee calls herself "a recovering journalist who's traveled and eaten her way around the planet and lived to tell some tales." In Take Big Bites she has written a witty, sassy book about food that's also a blend of autobiography, travelogue and self-help. In a warm and poignant style she draws the reader into her life and travels, as she weaves fascinating stories about places as varied as Vietnam, Bolivia, and the Appalachian Trail; and as she makes heartfelt observations about trying to age gracefully, her relationships with friends and family, and the motley strangers she has met worldwide. As an extra bonus for foodies, each chapter ends with a recipe or two (try the chocolate cake!).

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Posted by Mayrose on Sept. 15, 2009 at 8:11 a.m.


October 8, 2009 at 1:24 p.m.:

Thanks for the recommendation! As an avid mystery reader, I rarely hear about the other good, especially non-fiction, stuff out there.

Can't wait to get this one!

July 10, 2010 at 7:10 p.m.:

Hey, I love your site, keep it coming!!

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