Thursday, June 27, 2013

Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

Island of Sorrow (Island Hopping Week)

Moloka’i by Alan Brennert is another of my favorite books. It begins in 1893 when a little seven-year-old girl is ripped away from her family after contracting the seriously disfiguring and contagious leprosy disease.  In those days, they had no treatment for the horrible illness and in order to contain the spread of infection to others, people were quarantined in leper colonies.  Kalaupapa  on Moloka’i was one of those colonies. This book definitely tugs at the heartstrings.  



I probably would not recommend it for pregnant women.  One of our book club members was expecting a baby when she was reading about poor little Rachel being torn away from everyone she loved.  She couldn't read three pages without crying and had to hide in the bathroom so her family couldn't see her flood of tears.  And even for the rest of us who didn't have raging hormones producing lumps of sorrow in our throats, that particular part of the book was heart-wrenching.  But that was only one part of the book.  For those hearty enough to continue, the book unfolded a challenging but rewarding life for Rachel.  The book was difficult to put down. It was interesting and drew us in.  It was cruel and disturbing.  It was triumphant and enriching. We laughed and cried with the victories and hardships that Rachel experienced.  We didn’t want to leave her side. For me it was an unforgettable book that holds a special spot in my library and heart.  

This seems like such a distant time in history, but it’s
actually not so far removed from us. The Kalaupapa colony was first established in the 1800s.  It wasn’t until 1969 that it was dissolved as a confined colony.  Sufferers of the disease were finally freed from their prison, though were allowed to remain in the settlement that had become their lifelong  homes.  My mom worked with a woman who was a hula dancer and their dance group was invited to perform at the Kalaupapa colony. She still remembers having to wear socks so she wouldn’t pick up any germs.  The dance group also brought in their own food.  It’s something she never forgot.  The good news is that leprosy, which is now called Hansen’s Disease, is treatable.  The bad news is that there are still thousands of leper colonies in various third-world countries.  India has a slew of them.

Happy reading,

Annette

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Monday, June 24, 2013

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Giddy with Guernsey (Island Hopping Week)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows immediately shot up to my list of favorites. Newspaper columnist, Juliet Ashton, receives a letter from a stranger on Guernsey Island in the English Channel in 1946.  Dawsey Adams finds Juliet’s name on the inside of a book and writes her asking if she could send him the name and address of the bookshop in London were the book came from. He explains how the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society came into being because of the “roast pig” in the book and therefore he feels a kinship to the author.  This, of course, piques Juliet’s (and my) interest in the unusually titled club. Juliet begins a regular correspondence with Dawsey and other members of the society where she learns about their lives and the recent German occupation during WWII.  Written with warmth and humor in a series of letters we discover pig farmers, phrenologists, and survivors of the German occupation. This is a fun book that I seemed to smile my way through. I was interested in each of the islander’s backgrounds.  It also made me want to know more about the history of this island that I had never heard of.  


My book club gave it a resounding thumbs-up.  Even with the sad subject matter of the atrocities of war and the hardships everyone endured, it was not a depressing book.  It was light-hearted with a couple of rough spots—in my opinion “a must read.” So, get in the mood with a “Long Island iced tea,” potato skins, and sweet potato pie as our book club hostess did.  Then sit back and enjoy!  

“He could talk an angel out of Heaven….” (about Dawsey)
Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (New York: The Dial Press, 2008), 202.


“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.” (Isolda)
Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (New York: The Dial Press, 2008), 53.


“Your questions regarding that gentleman are very delicate, very subtle, very much like being smacked in the head with a mallet.” (Juliet to Sophie)
Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (New York: The Dial Press, 2008), 85.


Happy reading,

Annette


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Friday, June 21, 2013

Little Free Library

Free Little Library Produces Free Smiles- (Fun Stuff)

I've seen the pictures on Pinterest.  They look like giant bird houses with glass doors. Only the inhabitants aren't our fine feathered friends, they’re books—free books! These libraries are places where you can take a book or leave a book.  How fun is that?  You can just browse and see if there’s something that catches your eye, and it’s yours for the taking—no strings attached.   I thought that sounded like a great idea.  Imagine how excited I was when my son spotted one in our own neighborhood.  Of course, I drove right home from work, picked up my son, my sister, and a few books and drove over to the new attraction.  There it was--this beautiful little library that matched the owners’ house. 

I was so excited I had to leave a note for the owner, the person who made my day, the person who would do such a nice thing for others.  Later that week I rode my bike back there again to show my husband the library. Sarah, the owner, and Tom, her husband who built the Little Free Library, just happened to be on the balcony when we rode up.  We talked a bit and I found out that this gift to the neighborhood was Sarah’s Christmas present from her husband.  It’s obvious that Sarah finds joy in seeing the people’s smiles when they spot this little treasure on her quiet street.  And boy was I smiling.  It’s a book lover’s dream—like free ice cream for kids. My sister and I have been telling everyone about it: our friends, book club members, and we even brought our mom to see it when she was visiting from out of town.  If you're in the area you can visit it at 2009 N. 5th Street, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814.

Foster and 10th Coeur d'Alene

Now there’s even more excitement! A few weeks after my wonderful discovery, I found out that the downtown community garden on 10th and Foster has also added a free library. This one looks totally different than the first one and is just as cute.

Community Garden Foster and 10th
Community Garden Foster and 10th

I looked online, and saw that there are many styles available for these libraries.  There’s the Scandinavian Cottage, an Amish shed, and many more. There’s even a Little Red British Phone Booth!   They aren't cheap.  Some are pre-built, some are kits. They run $250 all the way up to $600! That made me appreciate Sarah, Tom, and the community garden even more.  Little Free Libraries are located all over the country and even in other parts of the world.  There are an estimated 5000 to 6000 Free Little Libraries in 36 countries. There’s a map online where you can see all the locations of the registered free little libraries. It tells you the address and even GPS location of them. And guess what?  I found more free little libraries in our area!   It’s a good thing we’re not taking an RV vacation this year.  I’d stock up on a few good books to trade and have those little libraries mapped out along our route!  To learn more about the Little Free Libraries, visit http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/

Little Free Library Map Link




Update

2-22-15  Hayden Lake, ID.  Just visited another Little Free Library.  This one had a little bridge spanning a small stream and a bench next to it, so you can sit and read a bit.  Visit it at 4686 E. Upper Hayden Lake Road, Hayden Lake, Idaho 83835.





Happy Reading,
Annette


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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

Cold Sassy Is Warm and Funny- (Book Club Grab Bag Week)

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns an amusing book set in the early 1900s in a small town in Georgia. Narrated by Will Tweedy, the grandson of Rucker Blakeslee, Will takes us through the years following his grandma’s death (Rucker’s wife Mattie Lou).  Rucker caused quite a stir when the old cantankerous man decided to marry none other than Miss Love Simpson, the hot younger milliner at Rucker’s store, just three mere weeks after dear Mattie Lou departed this world. Rucker didn't give a hoot what people thought about him, and that includes his shocked family. To top it all off, Miss Love seemed to have him wrapped around her little finger.  He started making little changes at home and at the store that he never would have done for Mattie Lou, which doesn't sit well with his daughters. Suddenly, Rucker looked clean and presentable. The fact that the marriage is a “business arrangement” where he gets free help and after his death Miss Love gets his house and furniture, does nothing to diminish the daughters’ apprehension.   

This book received mixed reviews at my book club meeting. It had one "drawlback." Some thought it was a fun and tasty treat, while others were worn out from chewing the local vernacular over in their minds. It seemed like a lot of effort to decipher what they were actually saying.  But those who worked through it, really liked the story and the characters—and Rucker sure was a character.  The ending provided a nice little twist that left us wondering what's going to happen in the sequel, Leaving Cold Sassy Tree. I was one of the ones who really enjoyed the book.  It was entertaining and I give it a definite thumbs-up.



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Monday, June 17, 2013

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty


Forget or Forget About It? (Book Club Grab Bag Week)

Can you imagine waking up and having lost ten years of your life? What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty is a Rip Van Winklish tale about a woman who finds herself on the gym floor, dazed and confused, thinking she’s still 29, instead of 39. Twenty-nine is a great age.  Just ask my sister, she claimed it for a decade, too.  But the reality is, that’s just in her mind—Alice, not my sister. My sister has moved onto thirty now.  For Alice this wasn’t a choice. She unwittingly missed ten entire years of her life. Let’s face it, a LOT can happen in ten years. While hairstyles, SUVs, world events, politics are all foreign to her, Alice’s main focus is on the drastic changes in her personal life.  When Alice was 29, she and her adoring husband Nick were awaiting the birth of their first child.  They were so in love.  Unbeknownst to her after that gym workout gone bad, she already had her baby and two more to boot.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that their marriage has disintegrated.  She and Nick are in the middle of a nasty divorce. Every now and then in her new reality she gets hints that she’s not the person she thought she was. She’s now a skinny over-organizer who has to have things just so. Is she to blame for the divorce?  Talk about a rude awakening.  And that’s not all.  No stone was left unturned. Everything but her address changed.  There’s a certain coolness between Alice and her sister, Elizabeth, and Alice has no idea why. Her mother is now married to her soon to be ex-father-in-law.  And, who is this mysterious “Gina” woman who keeps creeping up in their conversations? As Alice unravels the lost years, she has to decide is her marriage worth saving, or should she forget about it.

This was one of my book club selections. The ladies enjoyed the book, and though some were waiting for more action, they liked the story and the way it kept us guessing as to what was going to happen.




Discussion:
1. Was Gina the main cause of Alice and Nick’s problems, or was the breakup inevitable?

2. Were all three narrators/story lines necessary to the story?

3. If you would lose the next ten years, what do you think would change most?


Happy reading!

Annette


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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

Happy Father’s Day (Dads’ Week)

Happy Father’s Day to all you great dads out there!  To my father I say, ¡Feliz Día del Padre! Thanks for teaching me the thrill of travel, the love of mariachi music, and fish tacos.

Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth, Jr and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey is a memoir about an eccentric but loving father in the early 1900s.  Unlike the 2003 movie starring Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt, the father is not a football coach, but an efficiency expert.  His official title was “industrial engineer “ in the field of motion study and scientific management.  His job was to examine factories and devise ways to increase production, to make things run smoother and faster.  But it wasn't just a career; he did the same thing at home.  His home ran like a well-oiled machine.  Each child in the large brood of a dozen kids was held to a high standard. From brushing teeth at night to homework and chores, there was a system in place. He taught his kids to multiply large numbers in their heads. He quizzed them in spelling and geography, math, and languages.  He loved his kids and made learning fun, or at least memorable. The kids were assigned to “family purchasing” committees or “utilities committees” who could impose fines on water and electricity wasters in the family.  The kids were allowed to bid on jobs offered at home to earn extra income.  The lowest bids usually won.  Rewards were as frequent as reprimands. He was constantly blowing his whistle and the kids were expected to quickly assemble in a line.  They never knew what the family meetings would bring.  Many times it was to implement new systems, but other times he would surprise them with gifts.  When he thought they should learn a second language, he bought two victrolas, one for the girls’ bathroom and one for the boys’ bathroom.  In the mornings when they were getting ready, the victrolas recited French and German lessons.  He rewarded kids who were efficient enough in school to skip a grade.  If they were promoted to the next grade, the typical reward was a new bicycle. I loved this book. It was fun to read about this unusually close knit family and the dad who held them all together. I chuckled all the way through it and could read this book over and over again. If you're looking for an amusing read, you may want to consider this one.


“Well, they come cheaper by the dozen, you know.” (When someone asked why he had so many kids)
Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, Cheaper by the Dozen (1948; reprint, Boston, Massachusetts, G. K. Hall & Co., 1984), 28.



“Usually he stuck to such phrases as “by jingo” and “holy Moses.” (Frank Gilbreth)
Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, Cheaper by the Dozen (1948; reprint, Boston, Massachusetts, G. K. Hall & Co., 1984), 17.


“Grandma’s bosom offered ample hiding space not only for the camphor, but for her eyeglasses, her handkerchief, and, if need be, for the bed spread she was crocheting.” 
Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, Cheaper by the Dozen (1948; reprint, Boston, Massachusetts, G. K. Hall & Co., 1984), 129.

Click for more books reviewed with loving fathers:  Silas Marner by George Eliot, Tea and Green Ribbons by Evelyn Doyle, Life with Father by Clarence Day.

As a side note, the mother, Lillian Moller Gilbreth was an extremely accomplished woman in her own right. She was one of the first female engineers holding a Ph.D. An inventor, author, industrial engineer and psychologist, she wasn't your ordinary housewife. While raising a dozen kids and handling an eccentric husband, she found time to patent a few useful kitchen items like the electric mixer, refrigerator shelves in the doors, and a trash can with a foot pedal. As if that wasn't enough, she also became the first woman elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Belles on Their Toes is the follow up book to Cheaper by the Dozen where Frank and Ernestine continue writing about their family, focusing on their mother after their father passed away.    






Happy Reading,
Annette



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Monday, June 10, 2013

Life with Father by Clarence Day

Ruling the Roost (Dads’ Week)

Life with Father by Clarence Day, Jr is funny memoir about a persnickety, opinionated father in the Victorian age of the late 1800s to early 1900s. In this book, Day relays amusing stories of his father, a broker on Wall Street, and his attempt to control his family, staff, and everyone around him. He ruled the roost. He was an exacting, demanding man who got what he wanted.  For instance, there was the ice episode.  Mr. Day “strongly objected to spending one day of his life without a cold glass of water beside his plate at every meal.” Easier said than done.  Ice had to be delivered in those days. One day the iceman didn't come—a true crisis. But if ice was what he wanted, then that’s what he got. He argued with the ice clerk until the poor guy was shaking in his boots and frantically agreed to hitch up the horses and bring him the ice right then and there. But Mr. Day wasn't done yet. He then went to the butcher and somehow procured a coffin sized slab of ice.  Finally, he went to a store and bought a refrigerator with the stipulation that it be delivered before dinner and prestocked with ice. He covered all bases. That night he got ice in his glass and a mountain of extra ice sitting in the bathtub, just in case. That’s just one incident. Each chapter is filled with humor of his father’s grumpy exploits.  I enjoyed this book and a look at an infuriating yet endearing man.  

“And to make it worse he had no compunctions about any wounds he inflicted; on the contrary he felt people should be grateful to him for teaching them better.”
Clarence Day, Life With Father (Alfred A Knopf, Inc., 1935; reprint, Pleasantville, NY: Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., 1993), 163.


 “…he was imperious and when they displeased him, it made him snort like a bull.”
Clarence Day, Life With Father (Alfred A Knopf, Inc., 1935; reprint, Pleasantville, NY: Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., 1993), 163-164.



Happy Reading,
Annette



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Friday, June 7, 2013

Around the World in 72 Days by Jason Marks




Publicity Race (Race Around the World Week)

Around the World in 72 Days by Jason Marks is a short biography that recounts the amazing journeys of reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) from the New York World newspaper and associate editor Elizabeth Bisland from Cosmopolitan Magazine as they attempt to race each other around the world in 72 days. The year is 1889 and as a publicity stunt New York World newspaper decides to send a female reporter around the world to beat Phileas Fogg’s fictional record of 80 days. Enter Nellie Bly. Cosmopolitan Magazine gets wind of this and wants in on the action.  Enter Elizabeth Bisland. Nellie was a spunky go-getter. Elizabeth was a dignified Southern gentlewoman. Both were adventurous and daring considering that was the Victorian age when
Nellie Bly
unescorted women were a bit of a novelty. The ladies were given almost no warning.  Nellie had two days.  Elizabeth had less than a day.  Nellie brought only the dress she was wearing, an overcoat, her cold cream, and a couple of extra underwear in a bag that’s smaller than my purse. Elizabeth came with a steamer trunk (more my style). Nellie headed east. Elizabeth headed west. Nellie, who didn't even know she was racing against another woman until she reached Hong Kong, took time to stop and visit Jules Verne, author of
Around the World in Eighty Days,
at his home in France.   The
Elizabeth Bisland
women visited exotic countries and saw snake charmers, botanical gardens, and were carried on sedan chairs by coolies. It was an exciting adventure.  Nellie even came home with a monkey.  I really enjoyed this book, mainly because the story was true. The only thing I found a tad distracting is that the author referred to Jules Verne's character as Phineas Fogg instead of Phileas Fogg. Regardless, it was an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime trip, the stuff dreams are made of, or in this case, the stuff classic books are made of. 




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Carhenge, by Allinace, Nebraska
Not to brag, but I too had a once-in-a-lifetime trip. It wasn't around the world on ships and trains.  It was through eight states in an RV. It wasn't a solo excursion. Together there were three adults, one tweenie (12), and one brooding teenager (16). We didn't cover 25,000 miles, we whittled it down to 3,600 miles. We didn't see snake charmers, coolies, Buddhist temples, or a leper colony. But we did see Devil’s Tower in Wyoming where I broke a faucet that spouted bigger than Old Faithful and my husband quickly gave me up.  “My wife did it!” he told the grounds keeper.  My son braved contaminated campground swimming pools.   “It’s okay, mom, the turd was at the other end.” We saw majestic Mount Rushmore where even the grandeur and enormity of it didn't get my teenage daughter to crack a smile. We watched a shootout in Deadwood, rode a steam train in Hill City, South Dakota, and watched people roll their kayaks on the Arkansas River in Salida, Colorado.  We had a blast at Donkey Derby Days in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Raced to every scenic overlook in Mesa Verde to see the amazing Anasazi dwellings. We got to see Carhenge, in Alliance, Nebraska.  This is the replica of Stonehenge in England.  I loved it!  We raced around posing for photos. Everyone was excited.  My daughter skillfully hid her excitement. She insisted on wearing her hoodie, covering most of her face even in the 90° weather. She looked like Darth Vader. But I think Darth Vader did crack a smile once or twice. We rode recumbent bikes, roasted marshmallows, and watched DVDs together in the evenings.  And while we didn't come home with a monkey, we came back with memories that will instantly put smiles on our faces. I wouldn't trade that trip for the world. 

1 RV
5 People
8 States (WY, SD, NE, CO, UT, MT, AZ, NM)
14 Days
3,600 Miles
1 trip of a lifetime.

Happy reading, happy vacationing!
Annette

Good or bad, what’s your most memorable vacation trip?




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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne


The Original Amazing Race (Race Around the World Week)

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne is a timeless classic.  It was first published in 1873 and is still going strong 140 years later. Phileas Fogg enters a bet with members at his Reform Club.  He wagers that he can go around the world in 80 days, which, of course, was quite a feat in pre-aviation days.  The prize:  £20,000, and more  costly, Fogg’s reputation. The competitors: Phileas Fogg along with his valet, Passepartout.  The year: 1872.  The outcome: An unforgettable adventure!   It’s not just the exotic locales of India, Hong Kong, and Japan that make this novel so alluring, it’s the great characterization of Fogg and Passepartout. Phileas Fogg is a self-assured, persnickety, wealthy man who has an obsession for calculated precision.  He controls every detail of his life with meticulous consideration.  He demands the correct temperature of his shaving water and determines the amount of gas to be allotted for the lights in his house.  He’s compulsive and would drive anyone crazy, but somehow in the book, he’s also extremely likable. He is a quick, analytic thinker and can solve problems at the drop of a hat. His valet, Passepartout, is a loyal, honest man with a varied work history that includes singer, circus rider, gymnast, and fireman.  Unlike Fogg, he’s prone to make mistakes. But together they are a good team to work their way through the challenges of the race. 

They would have been great contestants in the Amazing Race TV show (my favorite show, BTW).  I could just see the caption under them as they’re jostled back and forth on the backs of elephants in India: “Employer and Valet.”  Passepartout would be an instant hit—the underdog, the lowly employee working hard to diligently complete the tasks at hand. At first it may take the viewers a bit to warm to the stuffy Fogg. But sure enough they would be won over by his calm, collected demeanor, and the fact that he’s always the gentleman no matter how stressful the situation.  Likely to be a favored team in the race, the audience would cheer them on through each new leg and commiserate with them at each U-Turn or Speed Bump. And finally, we’d hold our breath as they race to the final pit stop, where host, Phil Keoghan, would look them in the eyes and pause. Would he say “I’m sorry to tell you that you have both been eliminated from the race”? Or would he smile and say, “Phileas and Passepartout! You have covered nine countries, three oceans and three seas, in eighty days around the world!” Then he could finish it with the words everyone wants to hear. “Congratulations! You are the official winners of the Amazing Race!”  Then we’d all cheer from our sofas and text our sisters a big “Woo Hoo!” 

And that’s how this book is—fun and exciting.  You’ll cheer Phileas and Passepartout on to the last stop. I loved this book—the original Amazing Race.  

As with so many classics, this book is available free online.  Visit http://www.planetebook.com/ebooks/Around-the-World-in-80-Days.pdf




Happy reading,
Annette


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Monday, June 3, 2013

The Ridiculous Race by Steve Hely and Vali Chandrasekaran


Riotously Funny Race  (Race Around the World Week)

Summer is vacation time.  We’re starting to plan our vacation and I can’t wait to go!  This year won’t be anything elaborate, no RV trips, no river rafting, no Disneyland or Vegas, baby. In fact it will be the first time in over twenty years that my husband and I will have our own private getaway without kids (not counting one ill-fated night in Walla Walla, WA.  Just a word of warning, eat before you do the wine tasting rounds).  I think vacations or at least small getaways are essential breaks in our routine lives.  They give us a chance to expand our minds, re-energize, and revitalize ourselves. They restore our sanity. They should be mandatory.  Whether you are planning a big, expensive trip, or maybe just camping close by, I hope you have a wonderful, memorable vacation!  In the meantime, here is a book that may awaken the travel bug in you.

The Ridiculous Race by Steve Hely and Vali Chandrasekaran is a funny memoir about two men racing each other around the world. It’s a bet to see who can circle the globe the fastest—without the use of airplanes. The prize:  A bottle of the best Scotch (Kinclaith, 1969). The competitors: Two television comedy writers.  The year: 2007.  The outcome: Hilarious! The starting point is Los Angles and Steve heads west while Vali heads east. This book is their outrageous travelogue noting their separate adventures in Mexico, China, Brazil, England, France, Ulaanbaatar, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Egypt, Italy, and more. They try new things: Segway tour through Paris, ride a horse in Mongolia, ride on the Trans-Siberian railroad, four-wheel in Dubai. And of course, they try new food. Steve tried duck in China. Maybe he should have skipped that one. One memorable moment in the book (and there were many) was when Steve got sick attending an opera in Peking.  Imagine, such a once-in-a-lifetime experience and here he is in the bathroom “in a frenzied head-shaking hurricane of violent vomiting.” I smiled and laughed my way around the world with these two jokers.  So did my husband.  We both gave it a thumbs-up for a ridiculously fun read. 

“Ordinarily, I make it a rule not to eat:
        -Sea monsters of unknown phyla
        -things with eyes that stare back at me accusingly
        -limbless, tube-shaped creatures
        -anything cooked within five feet of an overflowing toilet.

But on my second morning in China I ate all these things because of a brewery tour.”(Steve)
Steve Hely and Vali Chandrasekaran, The Ridiculous Race  (New York: Henry Holt and Co, LLC., 2008), 75.



“To get a worse seat than I did one would probably have to have several open and bubbling wounds.” (Vali trying to see the most famous belly dancer in Cairo)
Steve Hely and Vali Chandrasekaran . “The Ridiculous Race” (Henry Holt and Co, LLC., 2008), 218.




“The pyramids are crazily awesome to behold. They’re amazing. And hordes of Egyptian hustlers do their best to ruin the experience.” (Vali)
Steve Hely and Vali Chandrasekaran . “The Ridiculous Race” (Henry Holt and Co, LLC., 2008), 196.


Annette


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