Food Does More Than You Think (Or An Introduction To Ayurveda Cooking)

I was not particularly interested in learning about Ayurveda when I began to read Kate O’Donnell’s Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind. Don’t get me wrong, I am interested in healthy eating and finding natural ways to deal with stress, so I was definitely intrigued by the title’s implication that the foods we eat can impact us mentally and emotionally, I just wasn’t sure if I could take another food philosophy. Continue reading Food Does More Than You Think (Or An Introduction To Ayurveda Cooking)

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On Identity Politics, Pink Macarons & Teal Peacock Feathers in The Belles

The Belles is the type of young adult novel that teens and adults alike will want to read. It is a novel perfect for the post-Disney Princess era in which girls and women have been taught to revere royalty, but not to sit around and just look pretty waiting for their white knight to save them. The girls in the story are pretty and strong and feisty and independent and quite proactive. It has all of the pomp and circumstance of Marie Antoinette’s royal court, the magic of a Harry Potter novel plus a fantastical take on Mean Girls. In a word, it is perfect amalgamation of what the people want. Continue reading On Identity Politics, Pink Macarons & Teal Peacock Feathers in The Belles

I’ve Found Your Next Favorite Cozy Mystery Series: An Amish Candy Shop

It took me awhile to hop on the cozy mystery  train.

I recall seeing that section in the bookstore full of brightly colored covers with catchy titles that were always plays on words and I’d move by it without any interest. It was only after reading a Tweet featuring a just published book a literary agent living in North Carolina that solved mysteries (ahem – I am also a literary agent living in North Carolina) that I gave these stories a try. And… I was hooked.

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