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Three things I like: succulent gardens, exploitative reality TV shows, and making lists of threes.
Currently reading: Empire of the Summer Moon, by S C Gwynne.
Three things I like: music festivals, Hot Tamales, and any movie starring John Cusack.
Currently reading: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Leah Eskin visits the Book Cellar to share her new book, Slices of Life: A Food Writer Cooks Through Many a Conundrum. Food tasting included!
Bad Haircut Kale Chips. Post-ER Roast Chicken. New Baby Risotto. Frantic Dinner-Party Calming Soup. These are some of the dishes that food writer Leah Eskin has turned out during her years of raising two children, enduring one dog, and tending her marriage. She's also nurtured her ten-year-old food column, "Home on the Range," providing a recipe and accompanying vignette in the "Chicago Tribune " every week. "Slices of Life " transforms those columns into a memoir that readers can savor in small or large bites. It's a compilation of more than 200 recipes, with a generous helping of the life stories that happened along the way: moving-day potatoes, summer-vacation apricot pie, dead-microwave ratatouille, sullen-child oatmeal squares. Whether preparing recipes for disaster or delight, Leah Eskin has made it all delicious!
Michael Boatman and Bartholomew Daniels visit The Book Cellar to share their books, Last God Standing and Rotten at the Heart.
Michael Boatman's Last God Standing:
When God decides to quit and join the human race to see what all the fuss is about, all Hell breaks loose. Sensing his abdication, the other defunct gods of Earth's vanquished pantheons want a piece of the action He abandoned.
Meanwhile, the newly-humanised deity must discover the whereabouts and intentions of the similarly reincarnated Lucifer, and block the ascension of a murderous new God. How is he ever going to make it as a stand-up comedian with all of this going on…?
Bartholomew Daniels's Rotten at the Heart:
With their patron's mysterious death and their Puritan landlord's sudden determination to evict them, William Shakespeare and the Lord Chamberlain's Men teeter on the brink of ruin. So when the new Baron Carey--son of their late sponsor--reveals to Shakespeare his suspicions that his father was murdered, and demands that Shakespeare use his own powers of observation to ferret out the killer in exchange for Carey's continued patronage, Will has little choice but to agree.
The Old St. Pat's Book Group meets at 7 p.m. to discuss Long Division by Kiese Laymon.
The Salon Classics Book Club meets at 7:30 to discuss Stoner by John Williams.