When Gail married Porter Storey, she looked forward, as a doctor’s wife, to “coffee together in the morning and wine with dinner, and in between a calm routine practicing the household and literary arts.” Boy did she get that wrong! Instead she soon found that Porter’s dream was to accomplish a physical challenge of major proportions and he wanted her at his side. He longed to bicycle 1,100 miles from their home in Houston to Amicalola Falls, Georgia—the southern jumping-off point for the Appalachian Trail. From there, his “Butterfly Route” entailed a 2,100-mile hike north to Maine, bicycling from Maine back to Houston and on from there to San Diego, hiking the 2,663 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail (the PCT) north to Canada, and returning by bicycle to Houston. [...]
The Burgess Boys, Elizabeth Strout. Random House 2013. Strout won a Pulitzer Prize for her last book Olive Kitteridge. Imagine, that rare occurrence—literary in every sense and yet it became popular mainstream fiction too. I predict the same for The Burgess Boys. In her latest, just out this month, Strout poses the question “What is a family?” and proceeds to show some possibilities most of us can identify with. Let’s just say it’s not fifties TV—less Leave It To Beaver and more Breaking Bad. [...]
Recently the truth of a line from author Siri Hustvedt struck home: “A book is a collaboration between the one who reads and what is read and, at its best, that coming together is a love story like any other.” Ah, yes, a love story—that shiver of excitement as you read the first page in a long-awaited book and you realize it’s going to be everything you’d hoped. You settle into your chair, and it flits through your head that no one better bother you until you’ve finished the ride. Well, if that’s love, I’ve been truly blessed over the years. I admit it might be passionate obsession.
One of the pleasures of publishing FEAST is that I’m always on the hunt for new discoveries—new loves—that I can share with all of you. Continue reading…
NONFICTION: Often the truth truly IS stranger than fiction–if you wrote a novel that had your hero or heroine doing what some of these people do, a publisher would say “just not believable!” But here are some exciting tales from the edge that will keep you glued to the pages until the final word . . .
FOOD: Few pleasures in life equal those found sitting around a big table enjoying well-prepared food and good wine with family or friends. Each new issue, we especially enjoy selecting a variety of new cookbooks for you to choose from, particularly those that include the cook’s story as a part of the tale.
FILM: Films come and go quickly–and too many theaters don’t book indie or art films. Many thoughtful, engaging, and witty movies zoom past us before we even hear of them. Our suggestions are guaranteed to delight, educate, entertain, and provide a respite from the brain drain of too much Hollywood dreck . . .