Category: Book Reviews

Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins

Having just read both All the Light we Cannot See, which I did not like at all and The Martian, which I thoroughly enjoyed, I needed something a little more juicy and fast paced.  I was chatting with my friend, Lauren and I told her I needed a good, easy read book so she suggested a book called Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins.  I had honestly not heard of it but after doing a little googling, it seems I was way behind on what’s hot in books right now as this book shows up everywhere as the...

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Why Does Asparagus Make Your Pee Smell? 

I am often asked to review books to which I always say no.  Usually because its books I have no interest in like living life with lactose intolerance or gluten free cooking.  This particular book piqued my interest.  Probably because it asks the mystifying but honest and sometimes embarrassing questions about food and why some foods just do funny things to our bodies or have an effect on something else.  Questions like the title itself…  Why does asparagus make your pee smell?  Well, now I know the answer because of this little fun and highly educational book, which I am now a...

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Napa Private Tours “Wine Tours for Connoisseurs”

Let me start with saying, there are things that are absolutely worth the money, as indulgent as some things may be.  Think of it like this.  You want a piece of cake but is that cake worth the calories?  If you eat it and its blah then you have just wasted some serious calories on what you thought was going to make your day.  Napa Private Tours is worth the calories from every standpoint. Each year I go on a trip with my sister who lives in England.  This year we ventured to San Francisco and Napa Valley.  When...

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The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine by Benjamin Wallace

Up for auction at Christie’s in 1985 came a wine that supposedly belonged to a Thomas Jefferson collection.  The wine in question was a 1787 Château Lafite Bordeaux. The bottle had the initials “Th.J” and was engraved “1787 Lafitte”.  The wine sold for $156,000 (which by the way is equal to 78,000 bottles of Trader Joe’s 2-buck chuck) to a member of the Forbes family. The wine was presented to Christie’s by Hardy Rodenstock a former pop band manager and collector of rare wines.  Rodenstock refused to share how he came into possession of the wine.  All we know...

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

  So, I finally went to see Gone Girl last night and oh my goodness it is messed up, twisted good.  With some very minor interpretations and not too much in-depth charactertization of one or two of the key players, the movie is a masterful version of the outstanding best seller book.  Rosamund Pike is outstandingly disturbing in her portrayal of the main character, Amy Dunne.  Ben Affleck could not have been cast better as the slightly weak and pathetic husband, Nick, however, one of my favorite characters is Desi played by Neil Patrick Harris.  This movie is grossly fantastic and a MUST...

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