books and cleverness

I read books of all sorts, but mostly kids' lit and young adult literature and speculative fiction for all ages—usually from a feminist perspective. 


I've adopted a personalized version of the CHOICE reviews approach to recommendations/star ratings:

***** = Essential, a.k.a. truly love, absolute must-read, buy it now
**** = Highly Recommended, a.k.a. this is a really good book; I would buy it as a gift
*** = Recommended, a.k.a. pretty good; worth reading
** = Optional, a.k.a. meh
* = Not Recommended; a.k.a. this is not a good book

The Art of Eating in: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove

The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove - Cathy Erway Well, I read it, in that I read a whole lot of it, even though I was super-bored for a long time and then eventually got fed up and skimmed until the end.Probably someone who actually enjoys young-professional-woman-on-a-personal-journey-of-discovery-through-an-extended-lifestyle-project memoirs would enjoy this, so my one star may not be warranted for all readers. I don't. I enjoyed the first couple of chapters, but after that point the narrative focus was more on her personal life rather than her adopted lifestyle, and I didn't have any reason to care about her relationships and social circles.