October was crazy-busy and November is starting out the same way. I only managed to finish three books last week. The links take you to my reviews.
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (30th Anniversary Edition) by Natalie Goldberg
How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems by Randall Munroe
I'm right in the middle of a bunch of nonfiction right now.
The Art of Noticing: 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy in the Everyday by Rob Walker
How Your Story Sets You Free by Heather Box and Julian Mocine-McQueen
Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich
Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef's Journey to Discover America's Melting Pot Culture by Edward Lee
Last week, it was my birthday. What a wonderful birthday I had! Text messages. Emails. Visits. Packages in the mail. Phone calls---my 92-year-old dad sang happy birthday on the phone. My son in Chicago and his wife sent some fabulous books, and my son here in Texas and his wife got me a Paris-ish book bag. My amazing sister made me dinner---beef bourguignon (oh my!), homemade bread, with champagne...that has to be the best meal of my life. And I got some cool Facebook happy-birthdays, including the one above from one of my author friends, Jerry Craft.
I was pretty happy with this first attempt at a fancy crust on my peach pie this week. I think I'll do more in preparation for Thanksgiving.
And where am I this weekend? Why, I'm at the 31st Heritage Syrup Festival in Henderson, Texas. We are talking mule-powered, old-time syrup making with folk artists, food, bands, and antique tractors. They are promising cloggers and square dancers, antique car exhibits, and musical entertainment, along with hayride shuttles around the festival.
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