Items tagged "eric"

Tolkien’s Silmarillion

The universe that JRR Tolkien created in his books is richly textured and expansive. Middle Earth is an amazing creation from one of the most beloved writers of the 20th century. What’s extra amazing about Tolkien’s universe building is that it is by no means limited to the Lord of the Rings books. Indeed, for […]

Tolkien’s Two Towers

Recently I wrote on this blog about re-reading Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring. I enjoyed getting back into that book so much that I moved on to the next in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Two Towers. I was again struck by how re-reading a book like this allows one to experience different things […]

A Cozy for All Seasons!

I love a good cozy mystery. From the early inventors of the sub-genre (think Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh) to contemporary writers (like Jenn McKinlay and Parnell Hall) a good cozy mystery is clever, thought provoking and entertaining. If you are familiar with Joanne Fluke, you might know that her “Hannah Swensen” mysteries have been […]

Makin’ Bread!

Recently, however, I’ve felt the urge to get back to making things myself…especially bread. I wasn’t 100% sure where to start getting back into it, but after a few questions to some friends who know their way around a kitchen, I became aware of the remarkable book by Ken Forkish called Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza.

People’s History

The saying goes that “history is written by the winners.” Indeed, most history books are still written by the winners. Howard Zinn, the son of immigrant workers in New York, realized this. Growing up in a working class family, Zinn saw the world from that perspective and, after a stint in the Army Air Force […]

Cozy Not Cozy

I’m a sucker for cozy mysteries. I love them. I like other mysteries, too, but the more limited and more specific realm of the cozy appeals to me. I also love when writers are clever enough to successfully mix genre effectively. One such book is The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom. This is […]

Early Summer Solstice Reads

I recently finished up a course of study, and I am really excited to get back into reading some books that weren’t assigned to me by someone. I’m also excited that we’re getting toward the summer. With summer comes the Summer Solstice right around the corner. The longest day of the year is a holiday for some, an astronomical point of reference for others, but a noteworthy occurrence.