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- February 21, 2011
- Vol. 75
- No. 7
Picks and Pans: Books
Having His Say
by Deborah Harkness |
REVIEWED BY LISA KAY GREISSINGER
At 579 pages, this novel may look like a doorstop, but don't let its heft scare you. Harkness, a history professor, has created a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter or Twilight. Historian Diana Bishop-who's also a witch, though she's renounced her powers since her parents' violent deaths-is studying the connection between alchemy and the evolution of science. But when she unearths an enchanted manuscript in one of Oxford University's libraries, she finds herself being pursued by demons, vampires and fellow witches intent on learning the book's long-lost secrets. What more could a reader want? A love story, of course, and Harkness provides a delicious one: Handsome Matthew Clairmont, geneticist and vampire, is keen to help Diana solve the manuscript's puzzle and, ultimately, learn the truth about her own magical heritage. An irresistible tale of wizardry, science and forbidden love, Discovery will leave you longing for the sequel.
The Pioneer Woman
by Ree Drummond |
REVIEWED BY ROBIN MICHELI
Fans of Drummond's blog and cookbook will eat up this breathless blow-by-blow chronicle of falling in love with Marlboro Man, a.k.a. her husband, and adapting to life on his ranch. For the uninitiated, though, the gushing over her M.M. and his Wrangler-clad physique may induce toothache. Luckily, generous dollops of self-deprecating humor contribute a welcome tang.
A Tiger in the Kitchen
by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan |
REVIEWED BY BETH PERRY
After losing her job as a Manhattan fashion writer, Tan visited Singapore to master her family's recipes. Her prose is breezy, and her descriptions of duck soup and pineapple tarts entice. But the meat in this memoir is what Tan learns about her resilient family, whose members come together both to cook and to heal.
Portia de Rossi's Unbearable Lightness. She's incredibly candid. She would run in platform shoes because she thought it burned more calories!
I just finished The Hunger Games [by Suzanne Collins]. I like science fiction and getting away from the troubles of our world.
Furious Love, the Liz Taylor-Richard Burton biography [by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger]. It's fascinating, heartbreaking and romantic.
After Michael Oher's story became the hit film The Blind Side, his adoptive parents wrote a memoir. Now, in I Beat the Odds, the homeless kid turned NFL player, 24, is finally speaking for himself.
WHY WRITE A BOOK NOW?
At first I didn't want to-I was almost tired of my story. But I get letters from people saying I've inspired them. I felt it was my time to help.
WHAT DON'T PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU?
My message is that okay, I got taken in by a wealthy family, who I am so grateful for. But before I met them, I made a choice to say no to violence, drugs, gangs. You don't have to be taken in by a wealthy family to make it.
DID YOU LIKE THE BLIND SIDE?
It's great. And Sandra Bullock is the nicest lady in the world. She stays in touch with my family. We're all excited to watch her son grow up.
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