Showing posts from June, 2013

"Skinny Bitch In Love" by Kim Barnouin

Clementine Cooper is a lifelong, committed vegan (except for that one time after high school but she's over it) and well known chef in Los Angeles.  But everything comes crashing down when a fellow chef sabotages her on the day an influential food critic comes to their restaurant.  Before she knows it, Clementine has been blacklisted from every vegan kitchen in the city. Instead of heading back to the farm, Clementine decides to take this an opportunity to go out on her own and bring her love of the vegan lifestyle to everyone.  She starts up the Skinny Bitch Cooking School out of her own apartment to give private cooking lessons with plans to open her own restaurant in a vacant storefront across the street.  That is until sexy millionaire Zach Jeffries opens up a steakhouse in that very same spot. Clementine is prepared to go head to head with him over everything they disagree on but she quickly realizes that it's going to be difficult as she has fallen head over h

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey . It's been a couple of weeks since I did this post.  Between a few lingering health issues and a busy time for everyone at school, I haven't been doing much reading and there hasn't been much to share.  So it felt like I would just be posting the same thing each week!  However, this past week I've gotten back to reading and hopefully I can resume full blogging duties! What I've Read In the Last Few Weeks: Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book by Lawrence Hill On Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe The Offering by Angela Hunt Skinny Bitch in Love by Kim Barnouin What I'm Reading Now: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan What I Plan to Read Next: I've been saying for a while now that I plan to read A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra next but haven't gotten to it.  So I hope I mean it this time! What Are Yo

"Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book" by Lawrence Hill

In June of 2011, Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes , received an email from a group in the Netherlands letting him know that they were planning to burn his book.  Their anger was over the title, stating that as descendants of those enslaved in the former Dutch colony of Suriname, they found the name of the book offensive.  To show that they would not accept it, they planned a public book burning. Hill, an accomplished Canadian writer who has tackled the issue of race in many publications, responded with an offer to sit down and discuss the reasoning behind the title and his book's place in history.  But he never received a response to his offer, and on June 22, 2011, the group burned copies of the book jacket in front of television cameras. Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book: An Anatomy of a Book Burning is Lawrence Hill's account of this incident and an overall look at the issue of censorship which he gave as the 2013 Henry Kreisel Memorial Lecture at

Month in Review

I usually do this on the first day of the month but am posting a little late thanks to health issues.  I have anxiety disorder and unfortunately the last week hasn't been that great.  My Armchair BEA participating dropped off completely thanks to it, but thankfully, I didn't let the anxiety get a good hold on me. I have no clue how much I read last month, I'll find out now as I make my list! (Number of stars are how I rated the book on GoodReads) Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ***** The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook **** The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry **** I'm No Angel by Kylie Bisutti **** Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury **** Just What Kind of Mother Are You by Paula Daly **** It Happened At the Fair by Deeanne Gist *** So, I didn't read much at all in May but it looks like what I did read was good.  Hopefully June will be much better for me. Challenges Historical Fiction Reading Challenge (1), Around the World in 80 B