An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny, by Laura Schroff
The touching story of an unlikely friendship between Laura, a successful NYC business woman, and Maurice, a bright child from a rough background. Laura tells the story of their friendship interweaving stories from her own childhood as well as Maurice’s.
Forever: a novel, by Pete Hamill
The enchanting story of Cormac O’Connor, an Irishman who is destined to live forever until he avenges a wrong done to his family. Cormac is born in Ireland in the 1700s. I was fascinated by the Celtic myths and history Hamill included in the story and want to read up on this before our big trip to Ireland in June. (Update-we have accommodation booked in Waterford and Dublin so far!)
Cormac travels to New York where he lives, well, forever, and gives a first-hand account of what life is like in the big apple from 1740 to present. Hands down the best novel I’ve read in a long time.
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks, by Kathleen Flinn
The author graduated from a prestigious culinary school but a light bulb went off for her when she realized that a lot of at home cooks want to make fresh, delicious meals but simply don’t have the knowhow. Flinn starts a project where she teaches a group of home cooks basic cooking skills. Their stories were inspiring and I photocopied a number of pages of the book containing recipes and useful information for combining ingredients for various flavor profiles. Flinn shows that you can cook a good meal without a lot of fancy kitchen do-dads or a culinary degree, An inspiring read.
P.S. Are you on GoodReads? Well, you should be. GoodReads is great for keeping track of books you’ve read and books you want to read. I also browse for recommendations or use it as a resource to recommend books to others.
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