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I'm really excited about my new book, The Perfect Keg: Sowing, Scything, Malting and Brewing My Way to the Best-Ever Pint of Beer. It's all about my adventures making beer from complete scratch. And adventures they were: crop failure, acrid smoke, snarling hounds, band-aid beer, frozen yeast, and a mercurial barrel maker, to name just a few. Despite all that, in the end what I got was... well, I can't reveal too much about that final, aiming-to-be-perfect keg, but I can tell you that I met some wonderful folks, learned a huge amount about brewing, and gained enormous respect for the people who really know how to do it.
And I'm so happy that the book is already striking a chord with readers. J.B. MacKinnon, author of The 100-Mile Diet, says t
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My kind of local eating starts with a trip to the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet in Renfrew.


There’s a logic here, really. Buying stuff to plant in the garden means going into Renfrew – our nearest big town, with about 6,000 people. That’s an all-day outing, which means lunch in town. And that means either the chip truck or the Chinese buffet. At $9.75, about double the price of the large fries,...

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Nine Lives by Dan Baum
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An astounding book. This is the story of New Orleans from Hurricane Betsy in 1965 through Katrina -- and beyond. Baum tells the tale by tracing the lives of nine people. Some are rich, some are poor, some black, some white. Male, female and whatever. ...more
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Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart
Little Failure
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Just what I needed -- a primer in anxiety. Good, despite that.
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After Visiting Friends by Michael Hainey
After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story
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Very good. A real life mystery. Michael Hainey tries to piece together the story of what had happened to his father who had died when Hainey was quite young "after visiting friends," as one obit put it. Hainey is a journalist, as was his father, and ...more
Zealot by Reza Aslan
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Zealot by Reza Aslan
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Interesting look at the story of the historical Jesus, as opposed I guess you could say to the theological one. I have heard or read the Bible stories a million times, but I had no idea of what life was really like then, of what historical Judaism wa ...more
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Flashman on the March by George MacDonald Fraser
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Empire of Sin by Gary Krist
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A very good book on the birth of Jazz, the rise of Storyville (New Orleans' legendary red light district), and the attempts of various bigoted civic boosters in the early 20th century to turn New Orleans into just another American city. Thank God the ...more
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Flashman's Lady by George MacDonald Fraser
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I have read it before, but I never tire of Flashman. The hero's a cad but a plausible one, and I learn a lot of history in an easy-to-take fashion.
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Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Lonesome Dove
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The story of a cattle drive in much the same way that The Odyessy is the tale of a boat trip, I guess Lonesome Dove counts as the national epic of Texas. McMurty breaks rules -- he tells instead of always showing and takes you inside characters' head ...more
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The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry
The Fry Chronicles
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