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November 12, 2016 / Leslie

Weekend Cooking: Cocktails by Klaus St. Rainer

cocktailsThe Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks

Publisher: DK | September 6, 2016

Learn the art of mixing perfect drinks with Cocktails, the third “Best Cocktail Book in the World.” Klaus St. Rainer, an award-winning expert voted “Bartender of the Year” in 2013, shares 70 cocktail recipes for all the key classics as well as his own signature creations.

When I think of a bartender’s drink guide, I envision something small and easy to keep behind or near the bar.

Cocktails is something quite different. This book is large and beautiful, designed more like a cookbook. It’s complete with a full color photo of each drink on the page opposite the recipe, as opposed to the classic drink guide, like the smaller and mostly text Mr. Boston Bartender Guide.

The book contains 70 recipes ranging from simple to quite complex plus an introductory section on glassware, tools, ingredients, and preparation techniques. Many of these drinks I had never heard of and, although they sound interesting, some of the ingredients needed and equipment used to make them are not things most people keep on hand.

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While this is a beautiful book that looks great on my cookbook shelf, or even as a coffee table book, it is not a practical guide to drink-making. It would, however, make an excellent gift for the aspiring mixologist or cocktail aficionado.

 


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November 11, 2016 / Leslie

Giveaway Winner: Fill the Sky

Thank you to everyone that stopped by to enter the giveaway. The winner was selected using random.org and has been notified by email.

Fill the Sky
by Katherine A. Sherbrooke

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Winner: Debbie @ Exurbanis

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October 31, 2016 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ October 31st

BooHalloweenMailboxWelcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 
Happy Halloween! The pleasant autumn weather continues which will be nice for the trick-or-treaters.

Nothing in my mailbox this week but I did download a couple of new audio books . . .

Audio Downloads

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The Whistler by John Grisham from Random House Audio.
From John Grisham, America s #1 bestselling author, comes the most electrifying novel of the year, a high-stakes thrill ride through the darkest corners of the Sunshine State.

Night School by Lee Child from Random House Audio.
It’s 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he’s off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind.

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October 26, 2016 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Grasshopper Mating Season

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Almost wordless: This was a few weeks ago, and yes, these two are doing exactly what it looks like. My stopping to take a few photos didn’t deter them at all. After a few minutes, they hopped away, still attached. (The male is the one on top.)

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October 24, 2016 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ October 24th

AutumnChickadeeMailbox-smlWelcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 

Happy Monday! The mild weather continues and we had a pleasant weekend. My begonia are still blooming and cheering up my backyard deck. I am not motivated to put away the yard furniture and take down the garden, but I know I’ll be sorry later when I have to do it in the cold.

New Arrivals

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A Lowcountry Christmas by Mary Alice Monroe from Tandem Literary.
A wounded warrior and his younger brother discover the true meaning of Christmas in this timeless story of family bonds.

I’ll Take You There by Wally Lamb from Harper.
New York Times bestselling author Wally Lamb weaves an evocative, deeply affecting tapestry of one Baby Boomer’s life and the trio of unforgettable women who have changed it, in this radiant homage to the resiliency, strength, and power of women.

Moonglow by Michael Chabon from Harper.
Michael Chabon delivers another literary masterpiece: a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventure—and the forces that work to destroy us.

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October 22, 2016 / Leslie

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

2016-readathonlogoLet the Reading Begin

Many of you are familiar with the Readathon, a twice yearly event which began today at midnight GMT and continues for 24 hours.

Hundreds of readers are participating and posting on their blogs, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

I will only be participating part of the day. I always intend to do the entire readathon, but life usually gets in the way. So I’ll be here on and off, and then again in the evening.

The Readathon began for me at 7 a.m. Chicago time, and this is my tenth Readathon. I have yet to make a full 24 hours and unfortunately won’t this time either. And I’m getting a late start today. Fortunately I like audiobooks, so I can listen while I do other things and still be reading.

I will be updating this post throughout the Readathon.

Rather than fill my feed with posts that some of you may not be interested in, I will use this one post for my updates and mini-challenges throughout the day and on twitter at #readathon.

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Hour 1 – Introduction

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I live in the USA in a suburb of Chicago.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Read more…

October 21, 2016 / Leslie

Friday Feature and Giveaway

Fill the Sky by Katherine A. Sherbrooke

About the Book

filltheskyFill the Sky

by Katherine A. Sherbrooke
Publisher: SixOneSeven Books | October 2016
Format: Paperback | 251 pages

Biotech entrepreneur Tess Whitford has built her life around the certainty of logic and thrives on solving problems. But when one of her dearest friends exhausts the reaches of medicine while fighting cancer and grabs onto the hope that traditional healers in Ecuador might save her, Tess has to let go of everything she knows—and every instinct she has. Unable to deny Ellie a request that might be her last, Tess flies to Ecuador to help.

Together with Joline, another close college friend whose spiritual work inspired the trip, they travel to the small mountain village of Otavalo. Immersed in nature and introduced to strange ancient ceremonies, the three friends are pushed to recognize that good health is not only physical. Tess grapples with her inability to trust; Ellie struggles with a painful secret; and Joline worries about the contract she made with an aggressive businessman whose ambitions could destroy the delicate fabric of the local community. When an ayahuasca ceremony goes awry and an unlikely betrayal suddenly threatens to unravel their decades-long friendship, these three very different women awaken to a shared realization: they each have a deep need for healing.

FILL THE SKY captures the challenges of mid-life, the hope we seek when we explore alternative paths, and the profound nature of women’s friendships. It’s a beautifully told and moving story about lifelong friends, the power of the spirit, and the age-old quest to not simply fight death but to shape an authentic life.

Praise for Fill the Sky

“Three women, each with an important question to answer, travel together into a world richly imagined and beautifully rendered to find unconventional answers. This is a deeply moving novel about love, honesty, respect, the unlikely, and the truly possible.”
—Anita Shreve, New York Times bestselling author

“FILL THE SKY takes us to places we seldom dare explore and pushes the boundaries of love, friendship, and healing. Sherbrooke has a deft understanding of human nature and a painter’s eye for place. A journey every woman should take.”
—Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader

“Sherbrooke’s insight into friendship—all the slights and secrets, yet more importantly all the love that defines it—propels this novel forward to its deeply satisfying conclusion. FILL THE SKY is pure heart and a perfect read for a circle of friends.”
—Lynne Griffin, author of Girl Sent Away and Sea Escape

“In Fill the Sky Sherbrooke does a wonderful job of cooking up a stew that is one part longtime friendship, one part spiritual healing, and one part ethical dilemma. She presents all three ingredients in a complex, nuanced way that makes the bond among these women as real as the Ecuadorian landscape, and their very different but overlapping problems feel like our own. This is a novel about mature love and difficult choices, about hope and growth, and about the struggle to open ourselves to new ways of understanding the challenge that is being alive in a human body. Taut, smoothly written, beautifully balanced. It kept me engaged from first page to last.”
—Roland Merullo, author of Breakfast with Buddha, Lunch with Buddha, and Dinner with Buddha

“With compassion and insight, Katherine Sherbrooke skillfully weaves together the stories of three women who travel to the lush mountains of Ecuador in search of healing. FILL THE SKY is a moving novel about asking the hard questions, seeking the truth, and our need for connection—to the earth, to our communities and to each other.”
—Louise Miller, author of The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living

“I didn’t want it to end! Made me miss my girlfriends.”
—Amaryah Orenstein, Co-President, Women’s National Book Association-Boston chapter

About the Author

Photo by Melissa Forman

KATHERINE A. SHERBROOKE received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and M.B.A. from Stanford University. An entrepreneur and writer, she is the author of Finding Home, a family memoir about her parents’ tumultuous and inspiring love affair. This is her first novel. She lives outside Boston with her husband, two sons, and black lab.

For more info . . .

Facebook | Twitter | Author’s Webpage | Upcoming Events

Buy the book: Amazon | IndieBound | Barnes and Noble

Giveaway Information

Courtesy of the publicist, I have one copy of Fill the Sky to give away. US and Canada only. To enter, fill out the form below on or before midnight, Saturday, November 5th.

Tweet for an extra entry.

One random winner will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond.

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