Yesterday was a great library pick up day! I got three novels and one cookbook this trip. The novels look great. Both “The Long Song” and “Parrot and Olivier in America” were on the Man Booker Prize short list for 2010. I’ve read the first chapter of each and can’t wait to read more.
“The Long Song” hooked me in very quickly (I’m already on Chapter 22!). It’s about a young woman in Jamaica around the time of the end of slavery there. It is a gripping novel written in the memoir style. Grandma Bea would enjoy it thoroughly.
“Parrot and Olivier” is by Peter Carey, who has won the Booker Prize twice before. It is the tale of two young men discovering America in the time after the French Revolution. Carey’s writing can be a little bit too masculine for me at times and I didn’t much like his earlier work, “The True History of the Kelly Gang”. However, this book looks to have a lighter touch and I hope that it is a pleasant read.
The cookbook looks like a great, great find for a new cook. It is by the always fabulous Mollie Katzen and appears to lay out some simple cooking guidelines and rules of thumb, as well as some tasty looking recipes. The very last recipe in the book is for a Cherry Clafoutis, basically a large cherry-filled oven-baked pancake. I will definitely be attempting this concoction sometime this week or next! Overall, I think it would make a perfect gift for the beginning cook.
“The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay” is a beautiful sparse novel, told in little snatches of time throughout two sisters lives. It is reminding me of the novel “Fall on Your Knees” by author Ann-Marie MacDonald, which is definitely worth reading.