Monthly Archives: July 2009

In Hovering Flight – Paperback Release

inhoveringflight I read In Hovering Flight by Joyce Hinnefeld in February of this year (read my review) … and absolutely loved it. It was one of those rare books that has stuck with me. I still think about it from time to time, remembering the way the book made me feel as I got to know the characters, the regret I had when I had finished it knowing I had to say good-bye to them. In Hovering Flight will definitely make my list of the best books of 2009. Hinnefeld’s first novel was the number one IndieNext Pick in September 2008.

I own the hardcover edition, and so it was with a little surprise when I opened my mailbox and discovered a soft cover edition of the novel (due for release August 25th) from Caitlin at Unbridled Books. Imagine my delight when I began perusing the pages at the front of the book about Praise for In Hovering Flight and saw a quote from my review here on Caribousmom! I was also thrilled to see quoted reviews from Amy at  My Friend Amy, Julie at Booking Mama, Carey at The Tome Traveller, and Dawn at She is Too Fond of Books…all smallish book bloggers like myself. How wonderful to see our opinions gracing the pages of a new release.

Many thanks to Caitlin and the folks at Unbridled Books for their continued support of book bloggers!


In Hovering Flight, by Joyce Hinnefeld
$15.95 / $18.95 Can | Fiction Paperback | 6×9 | 288 pages
August 2009
ISBN: 978-1-932961-89-8

Lavender Article Published on Piker Press

pikerpresslogo1 For those of you who enjoyed my recent post on the Mt. Shasta Lavender Farm…I just wanted to let you know that The Piker Press is running it this week on their site. My book reviews are also reprinted there on a weekly basis. I have other work which has been featured on this weekly ezine – just visit my author page to read everything posted there.

I hope you’ll visit The Piker Press for all of their great short stories, photos, and articles!

Mailbox Monday – July 27, 2009

mailboxMonday1 Monday again…and time for Mailbox Monday (hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page). Here is what arrived at my house last week:

GoodPlainCook The Good Plain Cook by Bethan Roberts arrived from Rachel, a publicist at Meryl Zegarek. This novel has already been published in the UK through Serpent’s Tail (an imprint of Profile Books LTD) and is due for release in the United States in November. Set in 1936, the book tells the story of Kitty Allen who becomes a cook in the home of an American living abroad. The press release reads: ‘Bethan Roberts writes with subtlety andhumor about the huge  differences between what people say and what they thing […]’ Roberts was awarded a Jerwood/Arvon Young Writers’ Prize for her previous work: The Pools.

Benny&Shrimp Benny and Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti was originally published in Sweden in 1998 and has recently been translated by Sarah Death and become available in the United States through Penguin. Caitlin, a publicist from FSB Associates, sent me a copy of this novel for review. The book is described as “offbeat,” “funny,” and a “down-to-earth love story” about two middle-aged and lonely people. Mazetti’s novel was nominated for the Prix Cevennes in France in 2007. To read more about the author and her work, visit the Penguin site.

BestFriendsForever Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner arrived from Atria via a Shelf Awareness offer. Weiner is the best selling author of seven novels. The book flap on this book reads: ‘Best Friends Forever is a grand, hilarious, edge-of-your-seat adventure; a story about betrayal and loyalty, family history and small-town secrets.‘ This will be my first Weiner novel and I am looking forward to it. To learn more about Weiner and her work, visit the author’s website.

WhenYou WentAwayWhen You Went Away by Michael Baron arrived as an unsolicited Advance Reader’s Edition from Joan, a publicist with The Story Plant. Baron’s work is going to be getting a lot of attention with his first two novels being published only three months apart, followed by an new book every four months during 2010. When You Went Away is about a character whose life is turned upside down with the death of his wife followed by a run-away teenage daughter. But romance is in the air…and when a woman walks into his life, everything changes. If you enjoy romances, this may just be the book for you. Visit Michael Baron’s website to learn more about him and his work.

Paw Prints In the Stars Paw Prints in the Stars by Warren Hanson is a special book sent to me by Lisa Roe just because she thought of me when she saw the book at the BEA this year. Lisa explained how the book ended up in her hands: ‘When I saw the book at a booth, I read through it and could not stop thinking of you. A woman who worked with the publisher approached me and asked what I thought. I told her that I knew someone that I felt the book could help and she gave me their display copy! As she pressed it into my hand she was very genuine when she said that she hoped my friend found some peace in the book. Everything about her, the book, and the tone of the publishing house was so heart warming and…genuine is all I can come up with. They left me feeling wonderful and I hoped that would come across to you as well.‘ I am so touched by this gift. Although it has been a half of a year since Caribou died, her loss is as sharp as ever. I miss her and think of her, and a week never goes by when either Kip or I say “Remember when Caribou…” This little book will find a place with my other Bou memories. Thank you again, Lisa.

I also found two books in my mailbox from Gabrielle at Penguin:

GodsSoldiers God and Soldiers, an anthology edited by Rob Spillman looks fantastic. This collection of fiction and nonfiction stories includes African writers such as Chinua Achebe, Chris Abani, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, and Leila Aboulela. ‘From northern Arabic-speaking to southern Zulu-speaking writers, the stories in this collection can be viewed as thirty different ways of seeing what it means to be African.‘ I cannot wait to delve into this book.

MapOfHome A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar is billed as a ‘fresh, funny, and fearless debut novel‘ about the coming of age of Nidali, a young girl born to an Egyptian-Greek mother and a Palestinian father. Compared to both Jhumpa Lahiri and Marjane Satrapi, Jarrar is an author to watch. To learn more about her and her work, visit the author’s website.

What arrived in YOUR mailbox this week??

Sunday Salon – July 26, 2009

Sunday Salon

July 26, 2009

Good morning, fellow readers! The heat in Northern California has finally broken a bit and this morning there is a cool breeze wafting through my windows. I have had a good week of reading (making up ground for a slow start to the month). Since I my last Salon post I’ve read:

Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan (read my review) which turned out to be an interesting, provocative book. Some of the subject matter is difficult, but Kogan’s writing is worth the occasional moments of discomfort.

Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris (read my review) is a fascinating look at Saudi Arabian culture as it pertains to women…and it is a compelling mystery too. I didn’t find a ton of blog reviews for this book when I googled it (or checked my Google Reader) so I wonder how many others have read this book which won the 2009 Alex Award. Do you have this one on your shelf?

I just started reading The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti yesterday and so far I am enjoying it. Tinti’s story reminds me of Dickens a bit. I should finish this one in a couple of days, I think, so I may have time to squeeze in one more read before the end of the month.

In other reading news…I just posted a new challenge which I will be hosting beginning August 1st. It is all about putting randomness back in our reading…something I definitely need to do myself. Sign ups are not restricted and can be found here on my blog. I have worked a lot of flexibility into the challenge for those readers who need that…hope you’ll join me!

I am also going to be figuring out my nominations for Book Blogger Appreciation Week. Have you submitted yours yet? This year looks to be bigger and better than last year thanks to Amy’s efforts.

I thought I would leave you with the latest photos I have of Raven. She is now six months old and just over 40 pounds…and is turning into such a wonderful dog – sweet, devoted, social, and oh-so-smart! Click on any photo to enjoy a larger view.

Sunning by the french doors:

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Almost too big to be picked up anymore!

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Scrappy Nine-Patch Friendship Quilt

Quite some time ago I received fat quarters of a variety of fabrics from a group of women friends on Library Thing (click on any photo to enjoy a larger view):


My idea at the time was to fashion some sort of quilt out of them…but I became quickly overwhelmed with the diversity of fabrics and my lack of quilting knowledge. So everything went into a big box where it has sat for months. I have finally rescued the fabric from oblivion and decided to make a nine-patch lap quilt. The idea came after blog-hopping around the quilting blogs and finding this fantastic quilt at Crazy Mom Quilts. I especially like the sashing…and for MY quilt which has a wild array of fabrics, the sashing helps calm things down a bit.

I have made a lot of progress on this little quilt which is going to measure somewhere in the vicinity of 40″ X 56″ when I am done with it. I have finished all the nine-patches (20 blocks in all) and attached the sashing between blocks to make five rows. Yesterday I started adding the sashing between rows and attaching the rows together. Here is what it looks like so far:



I am planning on creating a 3″ border of sashing, and then I am going to construct a 6″ wide scrappy border with all my leftover fabric. I have not yet decided how to back this quilt…so stay tuned for updates!

So far I am really happy with how this is coming out – one of the unique things about this friendship quilt is the very diverse fabrics…which on first glance did not seem to go together, but which started to meld and compliment each other as the blocks formed – a nice representation of  the group of women who had a hand in its creation!

Finding Nouf – Book Review


Standing above the rug, he began to pray, but his thoughts continually turned to Nouf. For the sake of modesty, he tried not to imagine her face or her body, but the more he thought about her, the more vivid she became. In his mind she was walking through the desert, leaning into the wind, black cloak whipping against her sunburned ankles. – from Finding Nouf, page 2 –

Nayir ash-Sharqi, a desert guide, is hired by the Shrawi family to locate a family member who has disappeared. Nouf, only sixteen years old and planning her wedding, appears to have run away into the desert. But when her body is found in a wadi and the coroner reveals her cause of death as drowning, disturbing questions arise. Nayir joins forces with Katya Hijazi, a lab worker at the coroner’s office who is like no woman he has ever met. Together they begin to piece together Nouf’s last days and hours to uncover the mystery surrounding her death.

Finding Nouf is at its heart a mystery, but it is also more than this. Set in modern Saudi Arabia, the novel explores the role of women in a gender-segregated society which clings to its history while at the same time must address the changing views of the women it seeks to control and protect. Nayir is a devote man who prays regularly and wishes to follow the laws of Allah; but he is also a bachelor who fantasizes  of one day finding a woman with whom he can share his life.

Nayir sipped his tea and marveled at the casual way that Muhammad had spoken of his wife. There had been no need to explain who she was, and telling Nayir her name was something else entirely. It put Muhammad squarely in the category of young infidel wannabe. Gone were the days of calling one’s wife “the mother of Muhammad Junior”; today women had first names, last names, jobs and whatnot. He wondered how many men had known Nouf’s name. – from Finding Nouf, page 97 –

Nayir’s conflicted feelings provide the tension in the book. At first I disliked Nayir, finding him rigidly pious and chauvinistic. Ferraris does a remarkable job turning Nayir from a largely distasteful character to one the reader begins to respect. It is Nayir’s growth as a man (who comes to see women as human beings with dreams, desires and individual strengths) which elevates the novel to more than a simple whodunnit.

Katya represents the modern Saudi woman – a woman who has her own job and dares to speak to men not related to her. It is through her that the reader begins to gain a deeper understanding of Nouf – a teenager from a wealthy family who yearns for freedom.

Zoe Ferraris once lived in Saudi Arabia during the time following the first Gulf War. At that time, she was married to a Saudi-Palestinian Bedouin and was exposed to a culture largely closed to Americans. Knowing this about the author gave me respect for the perspective of this novel which although seen mostly through the eyes of the lead male character, exposes the dreams and desires of women living in a paternalistic society.

Ferraris’ writing is clean and riveting. The core mystery (what actually happened to Nouf) has many twists and turns which kept me guessing right to the end. This is a novel I would classify as “literary mystery” as its focus is as much on its main characters (and their growth) as on the mystery which propels the story.

Readers who enjoy a good mystery, as well as literary fiction, will enjoy this look inside the Saudi culture.



Finding Nouf is the 2009 Alex Award Winner

Zoe Ferraris Website

New Novel due out Spring 2010 (sequel to Finding Nouf): City of Veils

More Blog Reviews:

Book Chase


Feminist Review

On My Bookshelf

The Literate Housewife

Library Thing Reviews

Random Reading Challenge


August 1, 2009 – July 31, 2010

Are you stuck in a rut? Do you always find yourself reading from set lists or feeling committed to reading one book while another book screams at you from your TBR mountain? Has your reading become completely scheduled? If so, the Random Reading Challenge may be just the thing to put the spontaneity back into your reading.

For this challenge, readers will be choosing books randomly from their TBR stacks. You may select one of three levels of participation:

Level I:

You are just a tad compulsive about your reading – you love your lists and schedules. Being spontaneous is not something that comes naturally to you.  To complete the challenge, force yourself out of your rut and read just six books.

Level II:

You really want to break away from all those lists, but you do still have a responsibility to your reading groups, other challenges and all those review books. Six books is too little, but twelve is too much. Stretch a little and read nine books for the challenge.

Level III:

Throw away the lists, don’t look at your schedule, bring on the joy that comes with the freedom to chose books randomly. Read twelve books for the challenge.

Rules (come on, you didn’t think I would be THAT random did you?!?!?):

  1. NO lists allowed. Books for the challenge are chosen one at a time when the mood strikes.
  2. Sign up at any time during the challenge period using Mr. Linky below. Please give me a direct link to your blog post about the challenge. If you do not have a blog, no worries. Simply enter your name and leave the URL box on Mr. Linky blank.
  3. Book reviews are not required, but if you want to write a review I will be providing a review Mr. Linky after August 1st.
  4. Books are selected one at a time using the following procedure:
  • Randomly select any number of books from either your physical OR your virtual TBR pile (I don’t care how you do this, but it must be random…no “cherry picking” allowed)
  • Assign a number to each book based on how many books you selected (ie: if you selected 14 books, assign each book a number from 1 through 14; if you selected 28 books, assign each book a number from 1 through 28…you get the idea)
  • Go to THIS SITE and use the TRUE RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR located in the upper right hand corner of the page to randomly select the book you will read. NO CHEATING – whatever the random number generator generates is the book you must read!
  • Each time you select a book for the challenge, you will use this procedure. You many select different books each time, choose a different amount of books each time, etc…have fun, mix it up, keep it random.

I have decided to draw names for at least one prize during the challenge period (I may do more, but I haven’t decided yet). I will be drawing names from the sign up Mr. Linky and I will announce it on my blog – so if you don’t have a blog link in Mr. Linky and are not subscribed to my blog and have no interest in checking back here…then leave me a comment with a way to contact you if I draw your name.

Ready to get random!??!? Challenge begins August 1st!

1. Lindy
2. Gina (Book Dragon’s Lair)
3. Lori L
4. Juliann
5. Lauren
6. Deb
7. Shonda
8. kim in ohio
9. Icedream(Reading in Appalachia)
10. J.C.
11. Sally from Books and Musings
12. Nicola (Back to Books)
13. Nely
14. Pussreboots
15. yolanda
16. Jaime @ Confessions of a Bibliophile
17. Barb (Meditative Reading)
18. Margo Smith
19. Jeane
20. Sharry
21. Befth F (Beth Fish Reads)
22. Sandy (You’ve GOTTA Read This)
23. Tara
24. Annie
25. Amanda (The Zen Leaf)
26. Margo
27. Lost in a Book
28. Baba’s Book Blog
29. Melanie
30. Susan (Loving My Library)
31. Tim (A Progressive on the Prairie)
32. CB James
33. Michelle
34. Sandra
35. Carrie K. (Books & Movies)
36. LN
37. Alyce (At Home With Books)
38. Sherrie(Just Books)
39. Stephanie (reviewgirl)
40. Lisa
41. Rebecca (Lost in Books)
42. Deanna/ibeeeg
43. HildeSol
44. Jaime
45. Vivienne at Serendipidy
46. Potjy
47. Gavin
48. Robin of My Two Blessings
49. Missy
50. Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)
51. Michelle @ Master Musings by Michelle
52. Staci-Life in the Thumb
53. (Sheila) One Persons Journey Through a World of Books (Sheila)
54. Alexia561
55. kt
56. Susan
57. Judi
58. puaa
59. MarthaE
60. Darlene (Peeking Between the Pages)
61. Annie
62. Milka
63. Kim (page after page)
64. Factwoman
65. Kay
66. Bridget
67. Bookworm Jules
68. Heather
69. Jenners
70. Steven
71. Abby
72. Sherrie(Moudbound)
73. Christina (Babbling Book Reviews)
74. Jennie (Biblio File)
75. Jo-Jo
76. Hazra (Advance Booking)
77. Staci-Life in the Thumb Challenge Book #1 Review
78. Jill
79. Kittty
80. Michelle
81. chaotic compendiums
83. A Bookshelf Monstrosity
84. Ramblings (Jeff)
85. Yule Time Reading
86. Faith
87. Annette
88. christine
89. Andrea [Buried In Books]
90. Amy S.
91. Marilu
92. JennJ
93. Cheryl
94. Matchless: A Christmas Story (Nely)
95. Gavin (page247)
96. Sharyla
97. Sharon
98. Realta Dubh
99. lucy
100. Alyssa
101. Graywolfie
102. Literate Housewife
104. Kristilyn
106. Joyful
108. miss cindy 🙂
109. OnTheQuest
110. Brandy Bryan

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Book Blogger Appreciation


September 14 – 18, 2009

Amy at My Friend Amy is once again hosting BBAW for 2009. Last year nearly 400 blogs were represented! Here are the details:

WHO Anyone who blogs about books is invited to participate.  In fact, we want everyone who blogs about books and reading to be a part of this week!
WHAT A week where we come together,  celebrate the contribution and hard work of book bloggers in promoting a culture of literacy, connecting readers to books and authors, and recognizing the best among us with the Second Annual BBAW Awards.  There will be special guest posts, daily blogging themes, and giveaways.
WHEN September 14-18, 2009
WHERE Here at the new Book Blogger Appreciation Week Blog!  (Please note that this year there are three separate blogs and feeds—one for the main event, one for giveaways, and one for awards.)
WHY Because books matter.  In a world full of options, the people talking about books pour hard work, time, energy, and money into creating a community around the written word.  I, Amy, the founder of Book Blogger Appreciation Week love this community of bloggers and want to shower my appreciation on you!

Please help us spread the word about Book Blogger Appreciation Week by posting about it on your blog, stumbling this post, twittering about it, and telling everyone you know that it’s time to have a party and celebrate book bloggers!

Please register by filling out the registration form! Registering ensures your inclusion in the BBAW 09 Database of Book Bloggers and enters you into the drawing for the BBAW 09 Grand Prize!

Come back often as there will be many updates!  And follow us on Twitter!

NOMINATIONS are currently being accepted HERE. There are many, many categories…you have until August 15th to get your nominations in!

Want to give something away during this event? Visit THIS PAGE and let Amy know!

Between Here and April – Book Review

betweenhereandapril It’s hard for anyone to know where allusion ends and reality begins, let a lone a small child. – from Between Here and April, page 25 –

Elizabeth Burns, a journalist who has given up traveling the world to cover war stories in order to be there for her two children, begins suffering blackouts one day. When medical tests show there is no physical reason for her fainting spells, Elizabeth seeks psychiatric help. What she discovers is a long buried memory of the disappearance of her best friend April when she was six years old. Driven to seek out the truth, Elizabeth begins to research April’s disappearance and uncovers a horrible truth – the disappearance was actually a murder committed by the girl’s own mother. Elizabeth’s journey to uncover the truth and understand the mind of a woman who would kill her own child opens a floodgate of unresolved issues for Elizabeth – a failing marriage, a brutal gang rape, and questions of her own ability to mother.

Between Here and April is a novel which reaches into the dark recesses of the human mind and looks at one of the most difficult to understand crimes: filicide. Deborah Copaken Kogan brings to the novel her own background of  journalism (she is the author of the bestselling memoir Shutterbabe which explored her life as a war photographer), and a history which includes a murdered childhood friend. In mining her own experiences, Kogan brings to her writing an honesty and clarity that transforms the novel into something that feels like a true crime story.

Between Here and April is provocative, tough to read and at times uncomfortable as it explores the subjects of sexual perversity, rape, child abuse, discrimination against women, and the unrelenting demands placed on mothers. Filicide is a crime which is almost unspeakable – and yet Cogan takes this topic head-on and seeks to find empathy for the woman who would be driven to commit such an act.

“Mrs. Cassidy had one arm wrapped around each of her daughters. The two girls…were lying on pillows, their feet toward the tailgate. They were dressed in flannel pajamas.” She held them while she killed them. She loved them, even as she was suffocating them. But she must have hated herself more. – from Between Here and April, page 223 –

Cogan’s writing is sharp, intuitive and hypnotic. I always enjoy novels written by journalists who have honed their writing skills to get to the core of the story quickly, and who know how to create tension and conflict between characters. This is not a book for everyone. Many readers will be disturbed by the images Cogan creates. The subject matter will turn many readers off. But, those readers willing to follow Cogan into the darkness will be rewarded with a story not soon forgotten.



Mailbox Monday – July 20, 2009

mailboxMonday1 Happy Monday! It is that time again where readers share the books that arrived at their house each week. To see more Mailbox Monday posts (and leave a link to YOUR mailbox), visit Marcia at The Printed Page today.

Here is what I found in my mailbox this week:

southofbroad South of Broad by Pat Conway arrived from publisher Nan A. Talese through a Shelf Awareness offer. I was really excited to get this book because I keep hearing great things about Pat Conroy and I have not read anything by this author. This chunkster (more than 500 pages) is due for release in August and is getting some good early reviews. The back of my Advance Reader’s Edition reads: “The publishing event of the season: The one and only Pat Conroy returns, with a big, sprawling novel that is at once a love letter Charleston and an ode to lifelong friendship.” Pat Conroy has written and published several best-selling novels. To learn more about him and his work, visit the author’s website or visit wikipedia. By the way, you can win a copy of this book by visiting the Nan A. Talese website and clicking on the link to get their e-newsletter (contest is open through the end of this month).

ReasonsandAdvantages Reasons and Advantages of Breathing: Stories by Lydia Peelle came to me from Jeremy at Harper Collins as part of the Summer is Short, Read a Short Story program. Harper Collins describes the book this way: ‘With this first book of fiction, a gifted young writer brings together eight superbly crafted stories that peer deeply into the human heart, exploring lives derailed by the loss of a vital connection to the land and to the natural world of which they are a part.‘ Peelle is the recipient of an O’Henry Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and her stories have twice appeared in Best New American Voices. Read more about her on her author page at Harper.

ElephantKeeper The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson is due for release through William Morrow in August. This Advance Reader’s Edition arrived thanks to Library Thing’s Early Review Program. Animal lovers will want to read this one based on the blurb from the back of the book: ‘Set in eighteenth century England, The Elephant Keeper is a magical adventure and a love story between two baby elephants – Jenny and Timothy – and the young man who accidentally finds himself their keeper.‘ Nicholson is a prize-winning radio documentary producer who has worked for the BBC World Service. The Elephant Keeper is his first novel. Read more about the author here.

These books arrived direct from Gabrielle at Penguin:

StealingBuddasDinner Stealing Buddha’s Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen is a memoir which begins with the author’s migration with her family out of Saigon in 1975 and follows her life in the Midwest as she comes of age and seeks an American identity. Pegged as a writer to watch, Nguyen’s prose was classified as “perfectly pitched and prodigiously detailed” by The Boston Globe. To learn more about the author and her work, visit Nguyen’s website.

ShortGirls Short Girls by Bich Minh Nguyen is the author’s first novel and second published work. This book centers around two sisters who grow up in a Vietnamese American community and who find their lives in turmoil. Described as a book about family loyalties and immigrant communities, Short Girls has been getting great reviews.

LuckyEveryday Lucky Everyday by Bapsy Jain is a novel about a woman forced to flee Bombay to New York City. This is the author’s first novel which was published last year. Read more about Jain and her work on the author’s website.

House of Bilqis The House of Bilqis by Azhar Abidi is “a haunting novel about a mother and son and the emotional consequences of leaving home.” The book is set primarily in Pakistan in the modern era. To learn more about the author and his work, visit Abidi’s blog and his dedicated blog about The House of Bilqis which also includes an excerpt from the novel.

I also used my Amazon points to buy some books I’ve been lusting after:

BreadAlone BakersApprentice Bread Alone AND The Baker’s Apprentice by Judith Ryan Hendricks have been on my wishlist since I read her latest book The Laws of Harmony (read my review). I love Hendricks’ writing, and both of the these books have gotten some really wonderful reviews from fellow bloggers. The Baker’s Apprentice is the sequel to Bread Alone. Both books are set in Seattle and feature Wynter Morrison, the thirty something trophy wife turned baker. I love novels about food and cannot wait to read these!

AHomemadeLife A HomeMade Life by Molly Wizenberg showed up recently on one of my Friday Finds posts. This book looks terrific and is part memoir, part cookbook. I regularly read Wizenbergs wonderful food blog Orangette, so picking up her book was a no-brainer.