What I Read: July ’18

Signs Proceeding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera: I was transported by the short novel that “explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another, especially when there’s no going back. Traversing this lonely territory is Makina, a young woman who knows only too well how to survive in a violent, macho world. Leaving behind her life in Mexico to search for her brother, she is smuggled into the USA,” (via). There is a magical realism quality to this story and it feels like a Greek epic. Please go read this book.

The Sioux Chef by Sean Sherman: This cookbook was a gift from my father in law – who knows how much I love cookbooks and love eating local foods! I really enjoyed the stories and notes surrounding the recipes. But with all cookbooks – it’s the food that counts. And this food is yummy while helping remind us to eat more local meats, vegetables and fruits. Hopefully, we can get our act together and I can photograph a few recipes (and maybe we’ll pop wild rice at Christmas!).

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins: “(T)his 1868 mystery draws readers into a compelling tale with twists and turns ranging from sleepwalking to experimentation with opium. The suspense and drama is heightened as the narrative passes from one colorful character to the next.” (via) This was some how on my recommended list (I think because Sergeant Cuff is a precursor to Sherlock Holmes but I found this old style novel too long and quite the slog to finish.

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