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    The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family by Laura Schenone | Book Review

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    The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family by Laura Schenone Genres: Food, Memoir, Non-Fiction Original Publication Date: 2007 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Goodreads, Amazon Laura Schenone undertakes a quest to retrieve her great-grandmother’s ravioli recipe, reuniting with relatives as she goes. In lyrical prose and delicious recipes, Schenone takes the reader on an unforgettable journey from the grit of New Jersey’s industrial wastelands and the fast-paced disposable culture of its suburbs to the dramatically beautiful coast of Liguria―the family’s homeland―with its pesto, smoked chestnuts, torte, and, most beloved of all, ravioli, the food of celebration and happiness. The Lost Ravioli…

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    The Cat Who Came For Christmas by Cleveland Amory | Book Review

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    The Cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory Genres: Animals, Non-Fiction Original Publication Date: 1988 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Website, Goodreads, Amazon ‘Twas the night before Christmas when a bedraggled white feline entered the heart — and home — of Cleveland Amory. To say it is a friendly takeover is an understatement. For the cat who came for Christmas is clearly of the Independent Type, and Cleveland Amory, cranky or not, is a pushover where animals are concerned. Cleveland Amory’s The Cat Who Came For Christmas is the delightful holiday tale of Amory and his beloved feline, Polar Bear. It was Christmas Eve 1977…

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    Top 10 Books on My Fall 2023 Reading List

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    Books I Want To Read This Fall Fall 2023 Reading List Stories of Breece D’J Pancake Breece Pancake was a very promising young writer who was already publishing short stoires in The Atlantic Monthly when he committed suicide at the age of 26. Breece D’J Pancake Is the Greatest Author You’ve Never Heard Of The story collection The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake was published after his death, which included some stories he had already published and several previously unpublished stories. The Last Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family by Laura Schenone Laura Schenone writes about finding her great-grandmother’s recipe for ravioli. A Walker in the…

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    Three Summers by Margarita Liberaki | Book Review

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    Three Summers (originally The Straw Hats) by Margarita Liberaki, Translation by Karen Van Dyck Genres: Fiction, Greek Literature Original Publication Date: Originally published in Greece in 1946 as The Straw Hats Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Three Summers is the story of three sisters growing up in the countryside near Athens before the Second World War. Living in a big old house surrounded by a beautiful garden are Maria, the oldest sister, as sexually bold as she is eager to settle down and have a family of her own; beautiful but distant Infanta; and dreamy and rebellious Katerina, through whose eyes the story is mostly observed. Karen Van Dyck’s…

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    Diary of a Mad Housewife by Sue Kaufman | Book Review

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    Diary of a Mad Housewife by Sue Kaufman Genres: Fiction Original Publication Date: 1967 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Goodreads, Amazon Diary of a Mad Housewife is a classic of women’s fiction that gave a wry voice to the nascent feminist stirrings of the 1960s and helped incite a revolution in the consciousness of a generation. When Bettina Balser begins to suspect that she is going mad, she starts a secret diary as a form of therapy. Through her observations of herself and those around her, Bettina seeks meaning in her exceedingly dreary life. Diary Of A Mad Housewife Bettina Balser is thirty-six years old. She…