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Books

So many books and so little time to read them all. This category is all about books: the must-reads, the books that connect the dots on a particular topic, the unputdownable, as well as notes and thoughts on some of all-time favorites.
It’s just books, ad infinitum.

A Writer's Journey, Books, Fiction, Tea, The Book Life

The Book Life, August Edition

The Book Life, August Edition/ Bookended

I hope you and your family are doing well. Welcome to The Book Life, a type of post that I’m hoping to be more regular with. It talks about how things are going but from a reader’s perspective. It’s August and I think it’s fair to say that we’ve all gotten used to a new way of living. I’m a biologist and to me, the shelter in place has felt like an incubation reaction: we’re forced…

Books, Nonfiction

The Crossroads Of Should And Must, Find And Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna

If you are searching for clarity on how to follow your passion, to find the path that is perfect for you, The Crossroads Of Should And Must, Find And Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna is a must-read. It’s also a quick, short read but it asks us to sit with a very important question: Which one will you choose? The path of Should or that of Must? Should is other people’s expectations of how you…

Books, Judge A Book By Its Cover, Nonfiction, The Book Life

Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health And Happiness by Dr. Qing Li

June 23rd, 2020 A few nature preserves near our neighborhood stayed open during the coronavirus shelter in place but most of the others were closed. To be safe and to avoid crowds, I stayed away for 3 months until the restrictions were relaxed in June. That’s when I realized how much I had taken for granted the easy opportunity to be in natural surroundings, hills covered with trees, tiny brooks gurgling through them. Pre-coronavirus, I went…

A Writer's Journey, Books, Nonfiction, The Book Life

The Book Life

Updates from life in the times of a pandemic It’s a hot summer Monday afternoon in June. A case of perfectionism, wanting the writing I share here to be perfect in relevance, length, clarity, and emotion, has led to my not posting at all. I’ve battled these before and obviously, continue to do so. The number of hours spent reading has also gone down. When I think about the reasons for this, I can narrow it…

Books, Cookbooks, Nonfiction

Cookbooks, Ed. 1: Simple Cake by Odette Williams

Being asked to stay home because of the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a number of changes to our lives but one of the most prevalent ones is we are eating more home-cooked meals. Our relationship with food is complex: eating, cooking and sharing food whether it’s on regular, ordinary everydays or at life-changing occasions like weddings or funerals creates potent sensory memories and ties the food to a particular time of our life and the…

Books, Nonfiction, The Book Life

Books About Race

As a lifelong reader and aspiring writer, my first instinct is to turn to words and books for everything. I want to use words to express my grief for the hate and violence that still runs rampant in our societies, both in the United States and in other parts of the world. And I want to use words to educate myself so that I may continue to learn and take informed action. This is my prayer:…

Books, Fiction

Book: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Book notes and thoughts on An American Marriage by Tayari Jones: 1. Roy and Celestial are an African-American couple who have been married for about a year and a half. They are just at the beginning of their lives together: planning their careers, discussing if it’s time to have a baby, relating to the in-laws, all the things that a young, married couple has on their mind. But Roy is wrongfully accused of a crime and…