Title: The Tenth Muse
Author: Judith Jones
Date Completed: 12-22
Something for everyone in the final days of 2007. I recommend all four books.
Don’t expect Knopf editor Judith Jones to dish on the various cookbook authors she’s worked for through the years. She’s far too polite, too mannered, for an eat-and-tell book. Instead, this is an extended riff on the food and friends she’s enjoyed through the years.
Jones, of course, deserves credit for recognizing that Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking was a work of genius and that the timing was right for American cooks to embrace Child and her masterpiece.
The Tenth Muse comes complete with recipes. It’s a tasty, full-course meal.
Lisa Carey’s Every Visible Thing is a story of profound loss, and the universal desire for connection. The Furey family has been in a tailspin since the oldest son, Hugh, vanished. The parents are indifferent to their remaining children –
Owen believes Hugh is dead, but he also believes his older brother is still part of their lives as a guardian angel.
Carey writes with great insight as she explores the rocky dynamics of this dysfunctional family.
George H.W. Bush is part of Times Books’ American President Series, which has proved uniformly superb. Naftali’s brief biography of “41” is no exception. For many of us this book reads more like current events than history. It is an even-handed and thoughtful examination of the presidency of the first George Bush.
Sacred is an early work by Dennis Lehane. It’s not on par with