Wine For Dummies

Wine For Dummies

Author: Ed McCarthy
ISBN-10: 0470045795
ISBN-13: 978-0470045794

 

This book offers an excellent introduction into wines. If you know little about wines, but want a quick, fun and easy way to learn, this book is for you. After reading this book, I was able to talk intelligently about the different varieties of wines, how wine is made and how to taste wines. This book has improved my social and professional life. At business dinners, I’m able to talk about wines and navigate through the wine list intelligently. On the social front, I recently held an amatuer wine tasting at my house and it was big success. One chapter in the book explains all the attributes and nuances you could sense in a wine. I organized the attributes with the descriptions in a table, with a few blank columns for wine tasting notes. My guests were entertained and educated at the same time.

The writing is clear and concise. The authors do not take a snobby attitude towards tasting; throughout the book, they emphasize that good wine is primarily determined by personal choice. They give you the tools to learn to taste and enjoy wine.

I read at an average rate. In about 2 hours, I was able to talk intelligently about the wine making process, understand how to taste wines, and navigate around wine shops. This book should be read over a period of several weeks so that you can actually practice what you’ve read. The only drawback with this book is that there are no colorful pictures and they weren’t very explicit about which flavors to concentrate on while drinking different wine varieties.

Overall, this book is excellent for beginners. After reading the first few chapters, you’ll go from beginner to an intermediate wine buff. I even purhased several of these books for my friends as Christmas gifts!

 

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A Widow’s Story

A Widow's Story

“A Memoir”

ISBN-10: 0062015532
ISBN-13: 978-0062015532

 

Everyone who has ever lost a loved one has (his or) her own story of mourning. In this way, A Widow’s Story is, in a word, perfect. And if JCO”s purpose is, as she states late in the book, “…to see what can be made of the phenomenon of “grief” in the most exactingly minute of ways…, ” she’s succeeded. From the perspective; however, of the average reader, I confess (rather guiltily) that what I like about the book, which covers primarily the period from February to August of 2008, barely exceeds what I dislike. This memoir, on the minutiae of mourning (I thought, while on a run, only midbook), reminds me most of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking in that it includes many references to famous writers, excerpts from their work, quotes, and other applicable information about literature, especially on topics such as suicide, death, and grief. On the bright side, one could hold a college seminar on various aspects of the story: excellent examples of alliteration, “strange sourceless sunshine,” “Transparent, translucent, dying dead,” (or, more commonly, in the format of two words separated by a comma) “vivid, visceral,” “rewinding, replaying,” and “encouraging, enthusiastic;” superb similes, “thoughts rush through my head like deranged hornets,” “wilted petals are strewn underfoot like tiny bruised faces,” “the aloneness weighs upon me like something leaden,” and quotables such as, “…we are determined to keep those alive whom we love…,” “You would not wish to blunder into another’s sorrow. You will have all that you can do to resist your own,” and “The soil of the earth is steeped in the blood of those who have died for their religious beliefs as by those who have been killed by those who believe.” The frank talk about depression, suicide, insomnia and prescription meds used to treat related conditions is also excellent.

On the other hand, the memoir contains nearly ninety often short chapters filled with topics ranging from the memorable to the mundane: an annoying “sulky, sullen” nurse, the circumstances of her husband’s brief illness and unexpected death, memory pools, picking up pills, an encounter with a dastardly dad, emails Oates sent, the content of condolence cards, the Yellow Pages person, cat pee, dreams, the answering machine message, remembrances of JCO’s life with Ray, and her agonizing over The Manuscript.

At about the third point of the story, JCO states, “As these e-mail message excerpts suggest, the memoir is a memoir of loss and grief but also perhaps more significantly a memoir of friendship.” I wonder whether those supposed friends would feel the same after recognizing the (their?) items that she describes as “useless, unwanted” and then lists at length in the Sympathy Gift Basket chapter. That she throws persons (acquaintances, friends, medical community members, colleagues) under the bus (some deserving, others, I think, not) by including their often inadvertently insensitive words (likely agonized over) of sympathy and/or empathy said with the best intention simply supports that which many of us suspect, whatever words we choose to convey our condolences to the bereaved will likely turn out to be inadequate, inappropriate. Mention the deceased in the mourner’s presence, he or she will prefer you hadn’t; don’t, that you had. The fact that she chooses to include this information about a plethora of persons, including: the Sympathy Gift Basket senders, Dr. H___, C___, the rude Republican hostess, S, the “wearing pink” lady, the “cruel talk”[ing] Princeton friend(s), “…friends [who] did not speak of Ray at all,” “a Princeton acquaintance,” “a writer-friend now living in Philadelphia,” the persistent artist (and shark), Dr. P___, Dr. M___, and (possibly) a DMV clerk, goes against her “memoir of friendship” contention. Additionally, her story is, at times, repetitive (e.g., the books from the hospital, the clothes, the fruit blend drinks, the phone message, the “air leaking from a balloon” simile, Ray taking home Reynard, and the (rhymes with witch) note) as well as overly long. The content of chapters 80 and 81 appears to show that JCO is anti-Catholic. Lastly, although it’s Ms. Oates’ prerogative to reveal certain personal information (the sister, Black Mass) about her husband, some of which he seemed reluctant to share, reading it may elicit (as it did in me) feelings similar to those experienced by accident rubberneckers. In summary, A Widow’s Story, ranging from marvelous to mundane, is a mixed bag on bereavement. Better: The Two Kinds of Decay by Sarah Manguso, Even Silence Has an End by Ingrid Betancourt, and A Three Dog Life by Abigail Adams.

 

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Bossypants

Bossypants

Author: Tina Fey

ISBN-10: 0316056863
ISBN-13: 978-0316056861

 

Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her.

PRAISE FOR TINA FEY:

“You’d be really pretty if you lost weight.” (College Boyfriend, 1990 )

“Tina Fey is an ugly, pear-shaped, overrated troll.” (The Internet )

“Mommy, where are my pretzels?” (Tracy Morgan )

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR BOSSYPANTS:

“I hope that’s not really the cover. That’s really going to hurt sales.” (Don Fey, Father of Tina Fey )

“Absolutely delicious!” (A Guy Who Eats Books )

“Totally worth it.” (Trees )

“Do not print this glowing recommendation of Tina Fey’s book until I’ve been dead a hundred years.” (Mark Twain )

“Hilarious and insightful. Laugh-out-loud funny — oh no, a full moon. No! Arrgh! Get away from me! Save yourself!” (A Guy Turning into a Werewolf )

 

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The Pioneer Woman

The Pioneer Woman

“Black Heels to Tractor Wheels–A Love Story”

ISBN-10: 0061997161
ISBN-13: 978-0061997167

 

“That’s when I saw him—the cowboy—across the smoky room.”

I’ll never forget that night. It was like a romance novel, an old Broadway musical, and a John Wayne western rolled into one. Out for a quick drink with friends, I wasn’t looking to meet anyone, let alone a tall, rugged cowboy who lived on a cattle ranch miles away from my cultured, corporate hometown. But before I knew it, I’d been struck with a lightning bolt . . . and I was completely powerless to stop it.

Read along as I recount the rip-roaring details of my unlikely romance with a chaps-wearing cowboy, from the early days of our courtship (complete with cows, horses, prairie fire, and passion) all the way through the first year of our marriage, which would be filled with more challenge and strife—and manure—than I ever could have expected.

This isn’t just my love story; it’s a universal tale of passion, romance, and all-encompassing love that sweeps us off our feet.

It’s the story of a cowboy.

And Wranglers.

And chaps.

And the girl who fell in love with them.

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Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?

Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?

“A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir”

ISBN-10: 0061767891
ISBN-13: 978-0061767890

 

“Steven Tyler is one of the giants of American music, who’s been influential for a whole generation of Rock-n-Roll fans around the world. Long May He Rock!” (Sir Paul McCartney )

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