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January booklist

Hey look! January books!

1. Lost America: Mississippi to Pacific, Constance Greiff, ed

A photographic+text collection of lost architecture - and a really sad read, because there were so many beautiful buildings where my immediate reaction was "I'll have to go see this next time I'm in X area!" only to be followed by the disappointing reminder that this book is about the lost - some through fire or other natural disaster, more simply torn down to make way for new buildings or even for almost no reason at all.

2. Medium Raw, Anthony Bourdain

Bourdain is a foul-mouthed, unapologetic foodie, but he's not above making fun of himself and anyone else who takes food too seriously. He's also not shy about admitting his past mistakes, without excuses. The combination makes him someone I'd quite like to meet (and rumor has it he's opening a new market in NYC this spring, so maybe I will!)

3. Servants, Lucy Lethbridge

Especially of interest to Downton Abbey fans, although I ended up wishing it had spent more time on the 1850-1920 era of servanthood and less on the later time period (when it was more focused on more middle-class households with 1-3 servants.) Very readable with lots of first-hand accounts.

4. Adulting: how to become a grownup in 468 easy(ish) steps, Kelly Williams Brown

I laughed. :D Some of the steps are easy-peasy, many are blindingly obvious, but there was actual helpful information among the snark and laughs.

5. Empty Mansions, Bill Dedman & Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

I talked about this here, but the short version is: I do not understand the uber-rich (how can you own whole entire houses - MULTIPLE - and spend tons of money maintaining and remolding them, and yet never even step a food inside them even for a moment?!) There are so many mysteries about this story; I wasn't bored for second.



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Feb. 5th, 2014 02:50 pm (UTC)
I just read some of the free preview of Adulting and now I want to read the whole thing! I knew from the first step that it was going to have sensible information. :D I hate it when people constantly try to convince everyone they are so unique.
Feb. 23rd, 2014 08:03 pm (UTC)
ha, yes! I really appreciated that she started out like that - especially since it could so easily have been a book ABOUT how everyone is a special snowflake. =P
Feb. 25th, 2014 03:11 am (UTC)
Haha.. yes.
Feb. 6th, 2014 04:27 am (UTC)
Anthony Bourdain... I read and loved "Kitchen Confidentials", but couldn't get through "A Cook's Tour" at all. How would you say "Medium Raw" compares to those?
Feb. 23rd, 2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
I honestly can't remember if I've read A Cook's Tour. =\ Medium Raw is more mature than Kitchen Confidential, and less kitchen-oriented, but I found it equally entertaining.
Feb. 6th, 2014 04:10 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if I've ever re ad a true foodie book. Which is your all time, hands down favorite? Or few if you can't narrow it down. Lol

The mansion book sounds fascinating ! How is it organized? Like by house? Or owner?

Please excuse typos....on phone.
Feb. 23rd, 2014 08:05 pm (UTC)
The mansion book is mostly a biography of Hougette Clark, the woman who owned the mansions in question. So it's pretty linear.
Feb. 7th, 2014 04:37 am (UTC)
I love getting to read your booklists!
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