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Fuchsia Dunlop, food critic, author of cookbooks, and Sinophile, lived in China in the mid 1990s and has gone back several times over the years, making her probably the world's foremost English expert on Chinese cooking. Living and eating in small to ...more
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This was written in 1961. Plotwise, it's very complicated and tightly-woven, replete with subtle clues and red herrings. But stylistically, it's plodding. Probably due to the translation, the writing is choppy and repetitive. And perhaps because of t ...more
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Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
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The titular fox, head of a household, is always stealing food for his family from three awful farmers, Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. One day they grow sick of his plunder and resolve to hunt him out. They lay in ambush with guns and even bring massive dig ...more
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The author, the fiction editor of The New Yorker, quits his job in order to pursue a dream. More of a challenge, really. Could he, through apprenticeship and training, become a professional cook? Due to his work, he had already met and eaten with lar ...more
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Years of Childhood by Sergei Aksakov
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Winner of the Newbery and inspired by a true story. Ivan, the title simian, lives a sad and lonely existence in a cage in a strip mall as a tourist attraction. He's been there for more than a quarter century, along with Stella, an old female elephant ...more
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Evelyn Waugh
“Perhaps all our loves are merely hints and symbols; a hill of many invisible crests; doors that open as in a dream to reveal only a further stretch of carpet and another door; perhaps you and I are types and this sadness which sometimes falls between us springs from disappointment in our search, each straining through and beyond the other, snatching a glimpse now and then of the shadow which turns the corner always a pace or two ahead of us.”
Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder

Sándor Márai
“Do you also believe that what gives our lives their meaning is the passion that suddenly invades us heart, soul, and body, and burns in us forever, no matter what else happens in our lives? And that if we have experienced this much, then perhaps we haven’t lived in vain? Is passion so deep and terrible and magnificent and inhuman? Is it indeed about desiring any one person, or is it about desiring desire itself? That is the question. Or perhaps, is it indeed about desiring a particular person, a single, mysterious other, once and for always, no matter whether that person is good or bad, and the intensity of our feelings bears no relation to that individual’s qualities or behavior?”
Sándor Márai, Embers

Doris Lessing
“Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.”
Doris Lessing

Harold S. Kushner
“Forgiveness is not a matter of exonerating people who have hurt you. They may not deserve exoneration. Forgiveness means cleansing your soul of the bitterness of ‘what might have been,’ ‘what should have been,’ and ‘what didn’t have to happen.’ Someone has defined forgiveness as ‘giving up all hope of having had a better past.’ What’s past is past and there is little to be gained by dwelling on it. There are perhaps no sadder people then the men and women who have a grievance against the world because of something that happened years ago and have let that memory sour their view of life ever since.”
Harold S. Kushner, Overcoming Life's Disappointments

Kurt Vonnegut
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
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