Reviews and Blog Posts: relationships

On the noodle road : from Beijing to Rome, with love and pasta

by Jen Lin-Liu

DPL Rating:
4

An enjoyable journey from China to Italy, with many stops in between, to look at food history and traditions. The author's original goal was to try to figure out if noodles had really come to Italy from China or vice versa, or something in between. Of course, food, culture, and...

Turn around bright eyes : the rituals of love & karaoke

by Rob Sheffield

DPL Rating:
4

If you've read either of Sheffield's earlier memoirs, you know he has a vast knowledge of music, a quirky, funny, and sweet writing style, and a way of getting to the heart of things. If you've never read Sheffield's writing before, Turn Around Bright Eyes is a fine place to...

The world we found

by Thrity N Umrigar

DPL Rating:
4

Friends during the 1970s in college in Bombay, the lives of Armaiti, Laleh, Kavita, and Nishta have gone in very different directions from their days as activist students, ready to change the world. Armaiti has left for America. Nishta, admired for choosing a life with the man she loved even...

I promise not to suffer : a fool for love hikes the Pacific Crest Trail

by Gail Donohue Storey

DPL Rating:
5

When Gail Storey's husband, Porter, was faced with a job transition/crisis, he took it as an opportunity to take 6 months to hike the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). While Gail and Porter had completed several long distance bike trips together, their only other attempt at long distance hiking, on...

Silhouette of a sparrow

by Molly Beth Griffin

DPL Rating:
4

It's the 1920s, and Garnet's mom has her life planned out for her. She's no longer allowed to pursue her passion, tromping through the forest looking for birds--she must learn to be a proper lady so that she can get married and take care of her home, husband, and children....

Memoirs of a teenage amnesiac

by Gabrielle Zevin

DPL Rating:
5

If life had gone differently, Naomi may never had been adopted and grown up on the streets of Russia. If life had gone differently, Naomi may never have tripped, hit her head, and woken up with amnesia. Now she can’t remember a single thing about the last four years of...

The first part last

by Angela Johnson

DPL Rating:
4

Sixteen-year-old Bobby used to spend his days shooting hoops and eating pizza, but now his life revolves around his newborn daughter, Feather. Bobby loves his daughter more than anything else, but this story does not romanticize the sleepless nights and stress of teenage parenthood. Told in alternating chapters that travel...

The summer I learned to fly

by Dana Reinhardt

DPL Rating:
4

Drew doesnt have much hope for the summer before her 8th grade year being anything special. Shes working at her mom's cheese shop (for free), dreaming of her imaginary romance with her co-worker Nick, and hanging out with her pet rat and her dead father's Book of Lists. Drews small...

Rosebush

by Michele Jaffe

DPL Rating:
4

Jane doesn't remember leaving the party. She just knows she woke up the next day in a hospital room, paralyzed, being told she's lucky to be alive after that car hit her. But was it an accident, or is someone trying to kill her? As Jane's memories slowly return, she...

Scars

by C. A. (Cheryl A.) Rainfield

DPL Rating:
4

Kendra has been in therapy to deal with the memories that are coming back to her about the abuse she was subjected to as a child. While therapy, and art, and friends and teachers help, Kendra still feels the need to cut herself to relieve the pressure and make herself...

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