Schadenfreude, A Love Story: Me, the Germans, and 20 Years of Attempted Transformations, Unfortunate Miscommunications, and Humiliating Situations That Only They Have Words  For by Rebecca Schuman
essays / memoir / nonfiction

Schadenfreude, A Love Story: Me, the Germans, and 20 Years of Attempted Transformations, Unfortunate Miscommunications, and Humiliating Situations That Only They Have Words For by Rebecca Schuman

Schadenfreude almost made me want to go to Germany. Rebecca Shuman did a great job of weaving in her personal story (she basically became a German major–without knowing German!–because she had a crush on a boy in high school who introduced her to Kafka), the sites and sounds of Germany and Prague, and the struggles of … Continue reading

Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes by Ronni Lundy
cookbook / essays / food / nonfiction

Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes by Ronni Lundy

I liked the “Appalachian Journey” travelogue part of Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes better than the recipes. I enjoyed reading about life in Appalachia, the origins of the various food found there (more varied than stereotyped) and the stories of the people who live there. It really fleshed out a region of the country that … Continue reading

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham
essays / memoir / nonfiction

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham

I’ve been a Lauren Graham fan since I saw her on Caroline in City. I am possibly the only person who watched Conrad Bloom for the two or so episodes that actually aired because she was on it (and Ever Carradine, another fave). I, of course, watched Gilmore Girls. I even didn’t get to take … Continue reading