Very enjoyable read about a couple who choose to live a lifestyle more in line with the late 19th century than the early 21st. I especially liked theVery enjoyable read about a couple who choose to live a lifestyle more in line with the late 19th century than the early 21st. I especially liked the little discoveries she makes as she uses items that were everyday things, such as learning that the little curls on the handles of large pitchers for washing are there for a purpose. I haven't read her first book yet; I'll have to do that sometime....more
Less a true memoir than a series of connected essays looking at his own relationship to both running and writing. I listened to this while running, whLess a true memoir than a series of connected essays looking at his own relationship to both running and writing. I listened to this while running, which I think was the perfect time....more
The city's comedians have been out writing signs. One says: WHAT ARE YOU ALL RUNNING FROM? Another says: YOU'VE GOT GREAT STAMINA. CALL ME. 1-834-555-The city's comedians have been out writing signs. One says: WHAT ARE YOU ALL RUNNING FROM? Another says: YOU'VE GOT GREAT STAMINA. CALL ME. 1-834-555-8756. Yet another reads: IN OUR MINDS, YOU'RE ALL KENYANS.
In the world of distance running, athletes from a single country have been getting a lot of attention over the last several years. The East African nation of Kenya has produced some of the fastest runners on the planet. English journalist - and runner - Adharanand Finn wanted to find out what the Kenyan secret was, so he packed up himself, his wife, and their three young children and moved the family to a village in Kenya. There, he met runners. He interviewed them, he observed them, and he trained with them. Through it all, he puzzled over what element could be the key to the success of Kenyan runners (genetics? diet? culture?), and he wondered whether it was possible to improve his own distinctly non-Kenyan performance.
I am a big fan of the whole "quirky memoir" genre, in which the author tries out some experience and writes about it. Through Finn, I got to explore Kenya and take a peek inside the lives of runners whose names I see all over the running magazines. I enjoyed the easy, conversational tone of the first-person present-tense narration. Each chapter is headed with a small black-and-white photograph of people or events discussed in the book. This is not a book to help you improve your own running times, or even really one that thoroughly explores every facet of Kenyan running (a subject of academic research in its own right). It is an enjoyable tale of what one man's attempt to understand what it means to be a Kenyan runner....more
Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson tells his unique story in this memoir. Born in Ethiopia, he was just threeI have never seen a picture of my mother.
Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson tells his unique story in this memoir. Born in Ethiopia, he was just three years old when he was left with his older sister at the hospital where their mother died of tuberculosis. Adoption brought the two to Sweden, where they grew up with soccer, pop music, and traditional Swedish cooking. After realizing his future was not in athletics, Samuelsson followed his passion for food across Europe and across the Atlantic to New York, eventually becoming a familiar face on the Food Network. Celebrity and money allowed him to then reconnect with his roots in Ethiopia, and his joy and pride at being able to help his half-siblings shines through.
Despite some meandering and repetition, the story is engaging, providing a glimpse behind the scenes of some famous kitchens and a look at what aspiring chefs endure in addition to the author's particular challenges. I read the book as a netGalley edition, which did not include the lovely black-and-white photos that are included in the finished book. ...more