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Food and Cultures

Food and cultures

If you are like me, you probably enjoy exploring different cultures through food. I am a huge fan of Anthony Bourdain's show,  No Reservations

I would love to be able to go to all these countries and taste their cuisines one day. But for now, I do it through reading. It is truly amazing to learn that many famous cooks and food writers were ordinary people and had to endure many struggles on their quests to find a niche for themselves. In these books, we will travel and experience cuisines both in the USA and around the world.  

I Love a Broad Margin to My Life

By Maxine Hong Kingston

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"In her singular voice 'humble, elegiac, practical,' Maxine Hong Kingston sets out to reflect on aging as she turns sixty-five. Kingston's swift, effortlessly flowing verse lines feel instantly natural in this fresh approach to the art of memoir, as she circles from present to past and back, from lunch with a writer friend to the funeral of a Vietnam veteran, from her long marriage ('can't divorce until we get it right. / Love, that is. Get love right') to her arrest at a peace march in Washington, where she and her 'sisters' protested the Iraq war in the George W. Bush years. Kingston embraces Thoreau's notion of a 'broad margin,' hoping to expand her vista: 'I'm standing on top of a hill; / I can see everywhichway / the long way that I came, and the few / places I have yet to go. Treat / my whole life as if it were a day.'

"On her journeys as writer, peace activist, teacher, and mother, Kingston revisits her most beloved characters: she learns the final fate of her Woman Warrior, and she takes her Tripmaster Monkey, a hip Chinese American, on a journey through China, where he has never been, a trip that becomes a beautiful meditation on the country then and now, on a culture where rice farmers still work in the age-old way, even as a new era is dawning. 'All over China,' she writes, 'and places where Chinese are, populations / are on the move, going home. That home / where Mother and Father are buried. Doors / between heaven and earth open wide.' Such is the spirit of this wonderful book; a sense of doors opening wide onto an American life of great purpose and joy, and the tonic wisdom of a writer we have come to cherish."

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My name is Gabito : the life of Gabriel García Márquez = Me llamo Gabito : la vida de Gabriel García Márquez

By Monica Brown ; illustrated by Raúl Colón ; [translation by Luna Rising] por Monica Brown ; ilustrado por Raúl Colón

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As a boy, Gabito had the ability to imagine many things. He lived in a small house with a large family. He would grow up to become a writer known as Gabriel García Márquez. Sumario en español: Como un niño, Gabito tenía la capacidad de imaginar muchas cosas. Él vivió en una pequeña casa con una gran familia. Él llega a ser un escritor conocido como Gabriel García Márquez.
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Heroes in the Library

It’s one of life’s ironies that you don’t realize how much someone’s impacted your life until they’re gone. More specifically, you realize that you never told that person how much they meant. It isn’t until they pass that you think, “Oh! I wish I had said something!” You think about how that person shaped who you are, in major or even subtle ways, and sometimes realize that you wouldn’t be you if it weren’t for that person’s influence, guidance, or mere presence in your life.

Jane Austen: A Timeless Nonpareil

Although Jane Austen lived and wrote 200 years ago, she is as popular as ever. Popular culture has kept her books and her life alive through new movie adaptations of her books, continuances of her stories, biographies of her life, and fictional accounts with Austen or her works as a source of inspiration.

John Updike 1932-2009

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author John Updike died yesterday of lung cancer at the age of 76. Best known for his "Rabbit" novels, he was an extremely prolific writer, penning over 20 novels, as well as poetry, short fiction, essays, and criticism. The CRRL owns 56 titles by Updike.

Traci Abramson

Mystery writer Traci Abramson admits to having a hard time naming her characters. To solve her problem, she reintroduces them throughout her books. And while she knows that she needs to push through the first fifty pages to really get the book going, she also needs to "learn her characters enough to get their pasts." Her first book took her many years until she finally got it to a published form.

Warren Rochelle

It is not often that you get an opportunity to have a bit of magic and mystery in your day. Probably reading Harvest of Changelings, an adult fairytale, is as close some of us are going to get to it in a day-to-day constraint. In my interview with Warren Rochelle, I jumped straight to the heart of the matter.