Sunday, January 27, 2008

Topping even Borris' Beetloaf on my childhood list of literary aspirations...

Come on, who didn't secretly yearn to have their own shiny selections sitting on the employee recommendation shelf in an indie bookstore. Well, my friends, I yearn no longer.


So as a warmup to my full rundown of The Books of 2007, I give you my contributions to the Capitola Book Cafe staff picks. (Which wouldn't be complete without the blurbs from those little cards, now would it?)

One Bite at a Time
Rebecca Katz
I was introduced to this cookbook by one of the instructors in my natural chef program (a cancer survivor herself.) Whether you're caring for someone with cancer or just in search of vibrant, healthful food, you deserve to cook from this book.

The Last Days of Summer
Steve Kluger
This is my all time favorite novel and fail-safe gift. I have yet to meet the reader impervious to the charms of Joey Margolis, coming of age in 1940s Brooklyn.

Haroun and the Sea of Stories
Salmon Rushdie
Rushdie's only book for children, it's one of those rare stories that's just as beautiful to revisit as an adult. Guaranteed to make you feel joyous about language and storytelling.


  1. Salmon aloud! The best. So sorry we both missed the play adaptation here in mid-December.

  2. Ooh, there's a play adaptation?

    You totally get all credit for buying me the first edition and reading it to me. I just reread it for the umpteenth time. I don't understand how it hasn't become more of a classic.

  3. I will add "Last Days of Summer" to my to-read list. Now, who recommended Tintin On the Moon? I LOVE Tintin!! Look at Snowy's little moon-suit! AAARRRGH, the cuteness is unbearable!