Truffle Boy: My Unexpected Journey through the Exotic Food Underground by Ian Purkayastha with Kevin West

Reviewed by Paulette Aspesi

Truffle Boy: My Unexpected Journey … is Ian’s story of how due to learning disabilities, he did not do well at school, but he found his true calling in the exotic food trade. Through many trials and tribulations, at a very young age, he was able to not only survive, but thrive, in this industry. Really read like a fairy tale and was quite fascinating. This is a perfect companion book to Ryan Jacobs’ book, The Truffle Underground.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆

A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell

Reviewed by Paulette Aspesi

We have Sean and Emily happily married with a great son, Nicky. They decide to fake her death to get a $2 million insurance policy so they can, incognito, lead the good life for a few years in Europe. Stephanie, a so-called friend of Emily’s, is to be used for cover. But nothing seems to go as planned, and what ensues is complicated. A lot of this book did not make sense and was wildly improbable, but as far as I am concerned there is no getting away from the fact that once I picked it up I could not put it down.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆

A Cloud in the Shape of a Woman by Jean Thompson

Reviewed by Paulette Aspesi

This book is about the lives of three generations of women, Evelyn, Laura and Grace, living in a Midwestern town. All of them have unfulfilled lives. All of them allow their lives in one form or another to be dictated by men. Not one of them was determined enough, or had enough ambition, to make something out of her life. In the end, Grace builds a memorial park for her grandmother and mother and she is going to move out West. Let’s hope she finally gets it together.
Could not relate to these women at all. Not only could they not make lemonade out of lemons, they threw away the lemons while they were still good.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆