Reviews by ark
I picked this up expecting a true crime thriller, but it's more than that--as the description says, it's more literary than I was expecting, and more of a memoir. Kirn is a brilliant writer who weaves together the different narrative threads and timelines masterfully, with honest, lovely, no-frills writing. A fascinating read.
Oyeyemi's writing is superlative. This is the first novel of her's that I've read, and I was perplexed, enchanted, and hooked from the start. I checked it out, and, having forgotten what it was about, began reading without any context, didn't read the jacket flaps or blurbs; nothing. The bones of the Snow White fairy tale come up slowly, then faster and faster. Oyeyemi writes from the perspectives of two of the main characters. It's written in three parts, with a time jump in between that really changes the narrative; it sets the story on a fast track toward the family having to confront their past and what they've done to each other. I loved this.
This may be my favorite Dresden Files novel. There's a great mix of mystery, action, and some deeper emotional themes with recurring characters; we get a more in-depth look at Harry's psyche. This one also ends with more of a sense of foreboding than all the previous novels.
This cookbook is amazing. I constantly pull it off my kitchen shelf for meal inspiration and to go back to my new favorite recipes (must-tries are the Southwestern Corn Pudding, Tamarind Lentils, Snobby Joes, Black eyed Pea Collard Wraps, smoky grilled tempeh, and so many others!). It is an incredible resource for cooking tips, like how to cook/prepare a specific ingredient in a wide variety of ways. I love that it has so many categories: "little meals" or apps, entrees, vegetable dishes, main proteins, breakfast, dessert.... plus the authors are hilarious and their writing is very entertaining. #1 must-have cookbook for vegans/vegetarians/anyone who wants to eat delicious food.
I loved this book so much when I checked it that my boyfriend bought it for me as a gift. The kind of cookbook that is more than a cookbook; you can read it in bed at night just for the endearing, heartwarming stories that Alana writes about her family and their experiences. Even as a vegan there are recipes in here that I've earmarked (the chai, salad dressings, pizza sauce, tea blends, snack bars, instant oatmeal....)