Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Brief thoughts on the Cookbook Collector

The Cookbook CollectorThe Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Could be just me, but I grew tired of the characters. After the first seven or eight chapters, I ended up skimming. This was a book club pick. I might give it another chance at some point, but what really turned me off before I even cracked the book open were the comparisons to Jane Austen.

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Monday, November 08, 2010

Coming in March...

I'm very excited to say Leavenworth will be out in March!

From the back cover: "Leavenworth, located in the central Cascades of Washington state, was once known as Icicle, and has been home to Native Americans, settlers, miners, railroad workers, and loggers. The native tribes came to this pristine and bountiful area to hunt game and fish for salmon. The promise of gold brought miners to Leavenworth, and once the Great Northern Railroad laid down its tracks in the late 1800s, the town moved from Icicle to its present location. The Lamb-Davis Lumber Company also built a sawmill in town, but when the railroad relocated its tracks and moved its hub to Wenatchee, the sawmill closed in 1926. The little boomtown in the Cascades went bust, but it was reinvented by its residents in the early 1960s with a Bavarian theme. The Bavarian premise of Leavenworth is still intact, and today the city draws around 2.5 million visitors annually."

I love this little town and have learned so much while writing this book. The Upper Valley Museum at Leavenworth was immensely helpful and I could not have written this without their enthusiastic support.