I have read:

My list of what I've read. Everything goes in here, even the embarrasing stuff. That way I, (hopefully), don't get duplicates as gifts, and eventually I can be proud of my long list.

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The Third Plate

In 2014 I saw Dan Barber‘s TED talk about fish farming and read his opinion piece in the New York Times about What Farm-to-Table Got Wrong, so I asked for his book, The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food, for Christmas.

I wasn’t disappointed. The Third Plate is made me think – I even took notes on the book for the first time in years. I’ve been inspired to grow more diversity when I garden myself, and eat more varieties of food, not just the few that have made it into a standard North American diet. Shortly after I got home from the holidays I cooked a dinner that involved Amaranth, and there will be more interesting grains and greens on my plate for years to come.

The Third Plate Cover
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The Cricket on the Hearth and Other Christmas Stories

I read A Christmas Carol a few years ago with the intention of reading some sort of Christmas-themed novel every year around Christmas. I haven’t been super-successful, but I read this short collection of Dickens Christmas stories this year.

I’m not really sure how they’re Christmas stories. Two of the three take place around Christmastime, all finish happily, and all were published around Christmas, (after the success of A Christmas Carol Dickens wrote something for Christmas very often, maybe yearly), but other than that they’re not Christmas-focused.

The Cricket on the Hearth and Other Christmas Stories Cover
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The Vinyl Cafe Notebooks

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Barney’s Version

I’ve been thinking about Barney Panofsky recently – I was worried about him, but then I finished the book, and well…

Barney’s style of storytelling was difficult until I started to understand him. I’ll miss him more than most characters. He really made me think.

The book is hilarious in parts – specially the discussion of Chrohn’s Disease, which exists simply to show the reader how successful Duddy Kravitz is in life. The humour breaks the worry about Barney and we see the lighter side of his life, at least as Barney tells it.

Barney’s Version is the first Richler book I have read since reading Jacob Two-Two and the Hooded Fang in elementary school. I intend to read some more. Maybe I’ll even try to see the movie.

Barney’s Version Cover
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The Juggler’s Children

I expected a bit more of a bombshell at the end or something, but it was still an interesting read.

The Juggler’s Children Cover
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