James Beard Foundation Book Awards

The James Beard Foundation presents annual awards for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing and culinary education. Here are some highlights of the winners in the categories for culinary writing. Amy Thielen took home the prize in the American Cooking category with The New Midwestern Table.  In the Baking and Dessert race the prize went to […]

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Tournament of Books: Championship

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We’ve come to the end of yet another tournament. What a whirlwind it’s been! With a roster of titles that ranged from the critically acclaimed to those flying under the radar, it was a real toss up as to who would emerge victorious and take home the Rooster. I certainly do not want to outrage […]

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Tournament of Books: Quarterfinals

Have you been keeping up? Although, I've known about the ToB for years now, this is the first time I've checked in every day of the competition. It's been a lot of fun reading all the judgments and commentary. As you might recall, I was particularly interested in the matches featuring Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch and […]

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One More Thing

Do you all remember Ryan from The Office? You know the on-again, off-again boyfriend of Kelly Kapoor. Well, Ryan, err, B. J. Novak, has a new book out, One More Thing. I happened across a reading of one of these little gems, "Julie and the Warlord," on This American Life. I found it funny and […]

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Tournament of Books: Pre-Tournament Playoff Round

The Tournament of Books is gearing up for what's promising to be a lot of fun. Before the opening round we are treated to a pre-Tournament match up to decide who will go on in the competition. This match was judged by none other than Geraldine Brooks who won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel March. […]

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Women in Photos: The Lean In Collection

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Have you all seen the buzz surrounding the new collaboration between Getty Images and Sheryl Sandberg’s organization LeanIn.org? Sandberg is the author of last year’s bestseller Lean In as well as Facebook’s COO. The goal of this new Lean In Collection is to provide, “a library of images devoted to the powerful depiction of women, girls […]

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Books Meet March Madness

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March is almost upon us, and that means spring is just around the corner. For many that means the NCAA is gearing up for its big annual single-elimination basketball tournament. Not into basketball, you say? Not to worry. The online news magazine The Morning News has cleverly put together a friendly competition that has, for […]

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Grammy Nominees: Best Spoken Word Album

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The Grammy Awards are this Sunday night! A little known fact, perhaps because it is not usually part of the live telecast, is that there is a category for Best Spoken Word Album, which includes poetry, audiobooks and storytelling. Yay, books! Comedians, poets and world leaders are among the past winners. Some notables include: Barack […]

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Put a Wife in It: Trends in Fiction

Cover art for The Silent Wife

Is it just me, or does every other bestseller have "wife" in the title? Heck, I've read at least three of them myself without even trying. The most recent one was The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison. This was a real page turner! The story centers on a wife and husband whose marriage has […]

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Guilty Pleasure – Bridget Jones

I have to say that for a long time reading Bridget Jones's Diary was a guilty pleasure of mine. Well before I was a thirty something singleton, it cracked me up. I loved the Britishisms. I loved Bridget’s bumbling and obsessive detailing about the ups and downs of her weight loss struggles. Not to mention, Daniel […]

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