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Title: Ken Hom's Top 100 Stir-fry Recipes
By: Ken Hom
Ken Hom knows his business. In this wonderful book there are many great recipes, both the usual and unusual, all with excellent pictures. I've tried over a dozen, and they're all terrific. But the best thing about the book isn't any of the 100 recipes; it’s the "basics" section at ... [Read more]
Posted by Michael H. on Jan. 1, 2014
Title: The Financial Lives of the Poets
By: Jess Walter
As this novel set in the financial morass of 2009 opens, Matt Prior's journalism career is in a shambles. His online venture of giving financial advice in poetry form has failed, he's discovered that his wife has been engaging in a Facebook flirtation with her high school ex, and his ... [Read more]
Posted by Michael H. on Dec. 24, 2013
Title: Searching for Sugar Man
By: Malik Bendjelloul
Sugar Man, which won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary, is the very sweet, true story of an American Music Legend that wasn't--and now, 40 years later, is. In 1970, Sixto Rodriguez, an American musician of Mexican and Native American heritage living in Detroit, released an album of pop/folk/rock ... [Read more]
Posted by Michael H. on June 6, 2013
Tags: music, video
Title: Billy Lynn's long halftime walk
By: Ben Fountain
This excellent new debut novel by Ben Fountain, set in an unspecified year, but somewhere around 2005, is truly a thought provoking experience, touching on so many subjects having to do with modern life in America in general, and the War in Iraq in particular, but essentially it is the ... [Read more]
Posted by Michael H. on Feb. 4, 2013
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