Sourdough: A Novel by Robin Sloan

Sourdough: A Novel by Robin Sloan is a deeply entertaining story of hope, curiosity, food, and community. Set in San Francisco, Sourdough is reminiscent of Sloan’s first novel, “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore”, and tells the tale of Lois Clary, a mid-western transplant to the Bay Area working as a programmer for General Dexterity, a cutting-edge … Continue reading Sourdough: A Novel by Robin Sloan

The Difference Makers: 30 Contemporary Makers, 30 Remarkable Stories by Marc Adams

I’ve written before about my affinity for books produced by Lost Art Press. Almost without exception, the subject doesn’t matter to me. The books themselves are as much an example of craftsmanship as the content. Well written, well edited, bound in the US on excellent paper with rich photographs. If you love books like I … Continue reading The Difference Makers: 30 Contemporary Makers, 30 Remarkable Stories by Marc Adams

The Bookshop Under the Windmill, Boerne, TX

How cool is that sign?!? It’s no secret. I love bookstores. Big ones, small ones, chain bookstores, funky independent ones, and most definitely, used bookstores. I love the smell, the stacks, and the ability to browse unmolested. I’m fairly indiscriminate in my affection for bookstores, but each type serves a different purpose. The Bookshop For … Continue reading The Bookshop Under the Windmill, Boerne, TX

The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection, by Fr. Robert Farrar Capon

In 1969 Fr. Robert Farrar Capon, an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Long Island, published The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection, a work which has remained in print ever since. The book is an engaging mix of cooking philosophy, recipes, hospitality, and theology and I am truly grateful to have encountered it. … Continue reading The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection, by Fr. Robert Farrar Capon

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Books, bookstores, secret societies, and fun characters...what's not to like? Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan is a fun read that is initially set in a 24-hour bookstore in San Francisco, that seems to do very little actual book selling, but that is quickly revealed to be beside the point. That said, through the … Continue reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan