Friday Review: Piano Lessons: Music, Love, and True Adventures by Noah Adams

My rating: 4 of 5 starsAt 52 years of age, Noah Adams, NPR host and news reporter, decided to buy a piano and learn to play. This lovely little book chronicles his first year as a piano student, with all the ups and downs, triumphant moments and frustrating setbacks. It's also a love story to … Continue reading Friday Review: Piano Lessons: Music, Love, and True Adventures by Noah Adams

Friday Review: 32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line by Eric Ripert

My rating: 4 of 5 starsEric Ripert is a well-known, Michelin-starred chef at one of New York's best restaurants, Le Bernardin. He grew up in the Andorra region of France, where his mother was an excellent cook, but insisted that the kitchen was no place for a boy. He adored his father and was devastated … Continue reading Friday Review: 32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line by Eric Ripert

Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton

My rating: 3 of 5 starsI like food. I like to eat good food (perhaps a bit too much!). So, I generally enjoy reading the stories of the people who have worked their way through the difficult journey to professional chef. And if that chef happens to be woman, all the better, because the food … Continue reading Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton

Friday Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

My rating: 4 of 5 starsBecoming is Michelle Obama's memoir/autobiography, covering her life from childhood through Barak's terms as President of the United States. It is a simple and powerful book about a woman who has had a somewhat blessed life but remains true to herself and her ideals and convictions.Michelle Obama comes from a … Continue reading Friday Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Friday Review: 99% True by Paul McGowan

99% True: Almost a National Bestseller by Paul McGowan My rating: 2 of 5 stars Paul McGowan is the CEO of PS Audio, designers of high end audio equipment. He also has a podcast, newsletter, and YouTube channel. It was the latter that introduced me to McGowan. He posts a video everyday where he answers … Continue reading Friday Review: 99% True by Paul McGowan

Friday Review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson My rating: 3 of 5 stars Jenny Lawson is probably best known as The Blogess. This book is the first of her memoirs and it is, like many memoirs, essentially her life story. But Lawson has not had anything near a normal life. … Continue reading Friday Review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Friday Review: Heads In Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hussles, and So-Called Hospitality By Jacob Tomsky (Audiobook)

Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky My rating: 4 of 5 stars "Heads in Beds" is a memoir written by someone who spent a large part of his career in the high end hospitality industry. Starting out as a valet parker in New Orleans, Tromsky rose … Continue reading Friday Review: Heads In Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hussles, and So-Called Hospitality By Jacob Tomsky (Audiobook)

Friday Review: Return to Earth by Colonel Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. and Wayne Warga

Return to Earth by Buzz Aldrin My rating: 2 of 5 stars I tried, really I did. I kept plugging away at it for a couple weeks. But I ended up reading only a few pages at a time, and then I had to stop. I honestly thought this would be far more interesting than … Continue reading Friday Review: Return to Earth by Colonel Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. and Wayne Warga

Friday Review: What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton My rating: 4 of 5 stars Narrated by Hillary Rodham Clinton Contrary to what some people apparently expected, this is not an unbiased look at the 2016 presidential election. It is, in fact, a look at the campaign from the perspective of the candidate. And Mrs. Clinton states just … Continue reading Friday Review: What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Friday Review: Just A Geek by Wil Wheaton

Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise by Wil Wheaton My rating: 4 of 5 stars Okay, I admit it- As big a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation as I was, I was never much of a fan of Wesley Crusher. To … Continue reading Friday Review: Just A Geek by Wil Wheaton