Posts tagged book
Posts tagged book
I’m apprehensive about touring Relish. I don’t know what I plan to do for the presentation, and I’m not crazy about public speaking (actually, just the thought makes me ill). The book is very pretty, though. I want to do something nice for people who come to events. I have to figure out my little song and dance. For today, I got out my original Relish page portfolios and made a little tower. It’s nice to see the foundations that helped build the book. (This photo also features my new eraser, which I love. Good art supplies & me: a lifelong romance)
Relish is out April 2nd, 2013. So I have 4 months to get my act together and stop wanting to barf every time I think about my dumb self in front of a powerpoint. I teach and present and am on panels all the time! I don’t know why this seems so much harder.
I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK!
This is still, somehow, one of the books that has had a long lasting impact on my ability and desire to learn.
I’ve had the luck of recently reading some really good books that also have some unfortunate titles. Although one ‘shouldn’t judge a book from it’s cover’ it should be similarly said that you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s title. It is hard to recommend books where one feels that the title does not summarily reflect what is contained within.
Comfort Food for Breakups by Marusya Bociurkiw, a Polish-Canadian writer, takes it’s title from a singular short story, but the title doesn’t reflect what is really so much more than that. The book is a collection of food memories divided into different categories. A memoir centered around food experiences. She explores her (and our) relationships with food and memory, selecting singular and continuing moments in her life where food has played a major role - as comforter, uniting force, peacemaker, enemy, and friend. I recently read another collection of essays by different authors about their most significant food memories, but Bociurkiw really has a wonderful self awareness about her relationships with food and the intensive daily role that it plays in our lives.
If you’ve seen Ratatouille, one of the continuing visual motifs in the movie is of food as an experience - as sound and image, rather than purely taste. When the ridiculously picky and mean food critic takes a bite of the ratatouille, he is transported back to his childhood home, and more importantly, his relationship with his mother. That, to me, is what Comfort Food for Breakups is really all about. Well-rounded, well-written, a fully experienced and above all - comforting.
Added bonus: the book includes some of the recipes too (!!!)
Poor little Ike.
The Kissing Hand is one of my favourite kids books that I discovered long after it was acceptable for me to like kids books. It’s about a raccoon named Chester and how he doesn’t want to be away from his mother all day at school. It makes me quite irrationally happy, much like Henry in Love. If anyone can figure out what kind of a job I can get that involves children’s books that isn’t writing them or working in a bookstore, I would be eternally grateful.
Maybe you could…test them?
Having nieces and nephews is so good for secretly buying childrens books for myself.