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Living Gluten-Free During the Holidays

Living Gluten-Free During the Holidays
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No reindeer shaped sugar cookies? No freshly baked croissants? No malted milk shake, Doritos, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream? No soy sauce? The wonderful world of flavors, textures, and tastes evaporates before our very eyes as we consider the reality of a gluten free holiday menu. We might as well growl, “Ba humbug” and […]

Elizabeth Gilbert & Chelsea Clinton

Elizabeth Gilbert & Chelsea Clinton

Big names are once again on the Vroman’s schedule. On October 2, Vroman’s presents an evening with Elizabeth Gilbert at the Pasadena Hilton. She will be reading from and discussing her new book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, Gilbert offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. […]

Building Paradise in California

Building Paradise in California

Alex Vertikoff‘s books are titled Weird Rooms, Hidden L. A., and At Home in the Heartland. He’s been the architectural and promotional photographer for the J. Paul Getty Trust’s Villa and Center and for the Skirball Cultural Center. His biography states that he “was the first foreign artist to have a traveling exhibit of his […]

The Buddha in the Attic

The Buddha in the Attic

If I were to write a novel about the experience of a large group of people, I might choose to identify one or two characters and examine their lives in depth. I think most authors would go this way. But in her novel, The Buddha in the Attic, Pen/Faulkner Award winner and National Book Award […]

South Pasadena Author Victoria Patterson

South Pasadena Author Victoria Patterson

The prose is so accomplished, so effortlessly nuanced and suggestive, that more than once I had to check Patterson’s bio to make sure this was her first book. (It is.) —Michael Leone in 2009 writing for the San Francisco Chronicle about Victoria Patterson’s Drift. The Chronicle chose Drift as one of the best books of […]

Queen of Dreams

Queen of Dreams

Words are tricky. My mother had tried to teach me this. Once when I was persteringly insistent with my questions, she said, “Everyone breathes in air, but it’s a wise person who knows when to use that air to speak and when to exhale in silence.”   Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is […]

Tommy Lasorda’s “My Way”

Tommy Lasorda’s “My Way”

Tommy Lasorda believed that winning wasn’t about being the best, but about believing you are the best.¹ In My Way, Colin Gunderson, who worked for the Los Angeles Dodgers for 13 years, leads readers through the days, life, and legend of famed manager Tommy Lasorda. Gunderson travels back to Lasorda’s childhood in Norristown, Pennsylvania to […]

I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle

How do you put into words the anguish and ecstasy of first love? Dodie Smith managed that and much more in her 1948 novel, I Capture the Castle, a YA (young adult) novel of the first rate, written long before the term was coined. It’s 1930’s England. Teenaged Cassandra Mortmain lives with her impoverished though […]

Unprocessed

Unprocessed

“As a city-dwelling 26-year-old, Megan Kimble was busy and broke, without so much as a garden plot to her name. But she cared about food: where it came from, how it was made, and what it did to her body. So she set herself a challenge: she would go an entire year without eating processed […]

Amy’s Own – a Review

Amy’s Own – a Review

How does one find one’s center? Learn to love? Grow up? BE a good mother? BE a loving wife? How does one love a mother “on the warpath”? Amy’s Own is a wild and crazy road trip of a novel by Kat Ward. In the ins and outs, back and forth of Charlene and Amy’s […]

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