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I've recently read a ton of graphic novels and memoirs - some I loved and others not so much but were still a thrill to read. Guts by Raina Telgemeier I am always on the lookout for Raina Telgemeier's comics, so when I found Guts available at my library's Overdrive catalog last year, I had to request it right away. Her comics are always delightful, designed for the middle-grade audience, and written very well. Guts is a continuation of her Smile nonfiction graphic memoir series (see Smile and Sisters ) and recounts a period in her childhood when she experienced IBS for the first time. When Raina wakes up one night with an upset tummy, she just assumes it's a stomach bug as her mom is also showing the same symptoms. But when it doesn't go away soon but is instead influenced by the daily highs and lows of being a middle grader - good friends, not so good ones, and then the bullies, she realizes there's something else going on. If you have not read the previous

Friday Finds -- July 09, 2010

Friday Finds Hosted by MizB at Should be reading, this meme asks you what great books did you hear about/discover this past week?

I haven't had a chance to blog-hop all week. I'm still terribly busy and hope to catch up by the weekend.

Cooking for Geeks by Jeff Potter

I am not a big cooking fan (mainly because I rarely can improvise and usually get things wrong). For instance, I did something in the kitchen today for which I am still smacking my head. (No, I will not tell you about it. My humiliation stays with me.) So a book like this which is supposed to explain some of the "inside" stories (literally) of food, will be enlightening.
If you're a programmer, hacker, or maker who is interested in learning how to cook, this book is for you. If you're already comfortable in the kitchen, you'll find this book covers a number of new emerging technologies that are making their way from the lab to the kitchen.

Why do some meals turn out great, while others fail? What scientific principles and tools can help guide you in creating new, memorable experiences? And how can you have more fun cooking for friends, coworkers, or a date?

Erisian at FNORDInc wrote a wonderful review of this book. It's not one that I would normally pick blindly, but after reading his review, I just had to request it from Netgalley.
A foreign film importer, Gi-yeong is a family man with a wife and daughter. An aficionado of Heineken, soccer, and sushi, he is also a North Korean spy who has been living among his enemies for twenty-one years.

Suddenly he receives a mysterious email, a directive seemingly from the home office. He has one day to return to headquarters. He hasn’t heard from anyone in over ten years. Why is he being called back now? Is this message really from Pyongyang? Is he returning to receive new orders or to be executed for a lack of diligence? Has someone in the South discovered his secret identity? Is this a trap? Spanning the course of one day, Your Republic Is Calling You is an emotionally taut, psychologically astute, haunting novel that reveals the depth of one particularly gripping family secret and the way in which we sometimes never really know the people we love.

One Day by David Nicholls

For some reason, I saw this book almost everywhere last Friday - not on blogs, but on bookseller websites. The synopsis reads like one of those romance movies I usually watch.
It's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives—lives very different from the people they once dreamed they'd become. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.

Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.

Last day to enter my birthday giveaway!


Carina said…
I have electronic copies of the first two on that list to get around to reading and reviewing soon! I got them from NetGalley, and they look fantabulous.
bermudaonion said…
I am going to try my best to ask you about your cooking disaster when I meet you in person next weekend!!! I can't wait. Great finds!
Tales of Whimsy said…
The 1st one sounds so cute and clever. Good luck! Take pictures of your creations :)
Alayne said…
I am excited for One Day! :) My Finds are at The Crowded Leaf.
Anonymous said…
Although I can't call myself a geek, I think I could benefit from reading Cooking for Geeks :D
Have fun meeting up with Kathy!!
Jess said…
I am getting a copy of One Day and can't wait to read it!
Andrea said…
I have One Day in my huge TBR pile...I really need to get around to reading it!
Neat books! I like the sound of Cooking for Geeks. :D
I really want to read One Day. It sounds great. He wrote Starter for Ten which I ALSO need to read...I love the movie.