This was an intense and moving read. The author's description of his son's problems (which becomes a first person narrative) is honest and not overly self-serving. It was a wonderful reminder of how amazing the human brain is, and how helpless we can be when something goes wrong with it. Even so, the book is not at all a bleak narrative of a life with no hope. I do wish I had heard more about the perspective of this young man's parents, and what they were thinking at the time, but even so, it was a great glimpse into the perspective of someone with mental illness (in this case Tourette's and OCD).
A wonderful novel about dealing with puberty, family, religion and all the changes in the lives of mid-school girls. Written some time ago, this book has a timeless quality that transcends the minutiae of the current fad and addresses the classic concerns of the young.
Great recipes from Food & Wine magazine. Maine blueberry slump is one of my favorites. Recipes seem well written and easy to follow, although some are a bit "rich" for every day fare. There's also a section on choosing wine.
Lots of quick recipes, from main dishes: Italian, Mexican, soups, stews, casseroles; how to make "freezer bases" of chicken and meat to add at will to various dishes, and even a Dutch Apple cake for dessert.
An interesting collection of short stories featuring vampires that, generally, feed on something other than blood, or if they do need blood, the methods are somewhat unusual. There are some good authors in here, including Harlan Ellison and Tanith Lee, Joe Haldeman, Steve Rasnick Tem, Fritz Lieber, and the stories definitely go beyond the typical gothic paranormal into the realm of sci-fi horror, though not generally to the level of Lovecraft in terms of the ick factor (with one possible exception of a story about "Varicose Worms," definite ick on that one).
Great kid's biography of King George III, the English monarch on the throne at the time of the American Revolution. It's well written, and isn't just a jingoistic condemnation of either the King or the revolutionaries. It's fairly short, and I'm guessing it would be good for an 8-9 year old, or a precocious younger child. Even as an adult, it was worth the few minutes it took to read.
I know a lot of people don't like this book, but I have always had a fondness for it. The characterization, like a lot of his works, is exceptionally good, and the description is vivid and entertaining. It does require some exceptional suspension of disbelief, but so what. Those books are fun.