Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Julia!

Julia Child would have celebrated her 100th birthday today if she was still with us, and if she were I am sure she would celebrate with good food and friends.
This month you should also savor all that Julia Child brought to the table of the culinary arts by indulging in these delectable books, e-books, audiobooks, biographies and yes, even a movie about America's first and most beloved celebrity chef.

Happy 100th Julia!

Click here to check out the book that begin Julia Child's career in the big old hardback version.


Click here to check out this book about a friendship that begin as the result of a column by DeVoto's husband written in Harper Publications' Easy Chair decrying the ubiquitous, dull, stainless steel American paring knife .


Click here to check out the E-Book version of this books about Julia's experience in France.


Click here to check the audiobook format of this newest publication.


Click here to check out this well written Juvenial Biography.
Julie & Julia 

Click here to check out the DVD if the 2009 movie based on Julie Powell's blog and book.
I will end with one of my favorite Julia quotes 
“Everything in moderation... including moderation.”

Huff & Puff by Claudia Rueda

Everyone knows the story of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf. In Claudia Rueda’s new picture book, Huff & Puff: Can You Blow Down the Houses of the Three Little Pigs, this classic childhood story gets a new twist. With simple texts and sketch illustrations, Huff & Puff is a great way to introduce your toddlers to this classic tale. Rueda does add her own spin though. The reader is the wolf! That’s right. After each pig is introduced there is a cut out in the book with the text “Huff and Puff”. But don’t worry, there is a delightful surprise at the end of this story. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Star of the XXX Olympiad

For two weeks every four years, athletes from around the world come together to compete in the Olympics. Every four years, new stars emerge from the competition. One star will be remembered for generations because during the XXX Olympiad in London he accomplished what no other human has done before: win nineteen Olympic Gold Medals. 

How to train with a T.Rex and win eight Gold Medals., by Micheal Phelps and Ward Jenkins is a autobiography by the unquestionable star of the London Games. This is his story of what it takes to accomplish what he has done in his sport. Over the next few months I am certain new publications about his accomplishments during these games will be written.

Last night as I watched the Closing Ceremonies, I found myself thinking about this. For the athletes who train their whole lives to participate in the Olympic games, having the chance must seem a bit like Christmas. The Games take forever to finally arrive, you have to be very good to get what you want, and then just like that they are over and all that is left is memories. In reality it took Micheal Phelps three Olympics to accomplish this historical feat of twenty two Medals, eighteen of them Gold. However his last Olympic swim was over in 3:03.30. Like the best Christmas memories, I am sure Micheal Phelps will remember his last Olympic competition and many accomplishments for a long long time, I know I will.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

52 Reasons To Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

Lexington Larrabee has everything. Fabulous clothes, an expensive car, a mansion, a jet at her disposal and a check for $25 million dollars waiting for her….that is until her dad spoils everything. After causing one too many scandals Lexi’s father decides she has to earn her inheritance… all $25 million. Now she must complete 52 weeks of 52 dead end minimum wage jobs before she can cash in on her fortune. Add in the fact that her father has stuck her with a babysitter, granted a very cute babysitter who is quite ripped, and Lexi’s world pretty much sucks. But there is more to meets the eye with this rich girl. Underneath her fabulous lifestyle, Lexi’s lives in a world without love. Will her 52 jobs be able to solve her problems or will Lexi be drawn back into her old life of scandal?
     52 Reasons To Hate My Father is a great summer novel. We have all seen the socialites scattered on the tabloids, but in Jessica Brody’s new novel she adds a certain twist to the out of control rich girl that we usually see. 52 Reasons to Hate My Father will keep you entertained and smiling as Lexi struggles to adjust to her new lifestyle.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

"Da da da da da da da da da da da"

This week the XXX Olympiad Games has featured some outstanding performances in Track & Field.  None more impressive than that of Kirani James, a 19-year-old former standout at the University of Alabama. Coached by Harvey Glance, former Auburn University athlete and 1976 Olympic Gold Medal winner, James crushed the finish line all alone in 43.94 seconds. Upsetting the favored USA 400 meter athletes, he won the first Olympic Gold Medal for his native Grenada.

Watching James win I could not help but think of Chariots of Fire, the winner of Best Picture at the 1981 Academy Awards. This is the fact-based story of two British athletes preparing and participating in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. Eric Lidden, a devout Christian running for the glory of his God and Harold Abrahams, a Jew, running  to overcome prejudice. Unlikely to win against the heavily favored USA athletes, against all odds they return home triumphant. 

Don't get me wrong, I am ways rooting for Team USA, but each time I watch this movie I was find myself cheering for these two Brits. This is arguable the best 'Olympic' movie ever made. Check it out. Watch it.             
After the games of course.

                                           Click here to check this DVD 

Monday, August 6, 2012


Gold Medal Summer
Well now that Gabby has taken the  Gold in the Olympic Gymnastics All Round a lot of young girls are wondering  what a Gold Medal Summer would be like. In the  Juvenile Fiction novel GOLD MEDAL SUMMER by Donna Freitas, that is just what the main character Joey Jordan hopes to experience.

The book draws from the authors real-life experience as a competitive gymnast. It is about gymnasts, but is also it is a young girl stretching perceived limits, bending the rules and finding balance. A perfect fiction read for this Olympic summer!

Oh and Go Team USA!


 Click here to check out a copy of this book.