A Week in Winter

A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

Ah, Maeve. Opening one of her books transports you to Ireland. You can hear the voices of the characters as if you were there, and feel like you’re part of Irish daily life. You’ll be rooting for the characters (except maybe one) in all their ups and downs at a bed and breakfast operated by the heroine of the tale.

What makes this book extraordinarily poignant is that this is Binchy’s last book. It’s sad to think that her creative writing and entrancing voice have been silenced. Rest easy, Maeve, and thanks for the pleasure you’ve given us.

Day of Honey – A Memoir of Food, Love and War

Day of Honey – A Memoir of Food, Love and War by Annia Ciezadlo

The title pretty much sums up what’s in the story. The author, an American journalist, falls in love with a man from Lebanon. They go to the Middle East on assignment, where Annia experien ces  culture shock, but embraces and grows to love the countries and people she meets. She often does this through foods of the region. Regardless of nationality, color, or religious beliefs, everyone has to eat, even in times of war. An interesting, well-written read.