Down the TBR Hole #20

Time for more Down the TBR Hole from Lost in a Love Story.

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Here are this week’s selections:

Under the Table: Saucy Tales from Culinary School

Under the Table by Katherine Darling
Nonfiction; Food; Memoir
Added February 20, 2012

As she goes from clueless amateur to certified chef, Katherine and her quirky fellow students learn the secrets behind the art of French cooking and frequently find themselves the objects of scorn and ridicule as their teachers wage psychological warfare over steaming pots of bisque. The kitchen, they soon discover, is no place for soft-hearted romantics. It’s a cutthroat world, and no one ever made a soufflé without breaking a few eggs — or cracking a few heads together. From the basics to the final exam, Darling reveals everything that goes into the making of a chef.

Verdict: Keep

The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family

The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken by Laura Schenone
Nonfiction; Food; Memoir
Added February 20, 2012

James Beard Award-winning author Laura Schenone undertakes a quest to retrieve her great grandmother’s ravioli recipe, reuniting with relatives as she goes. In lyrical prose and delicious recipes, Schenone takes the reader on an unforgettable journey from the grit of New Jersey’s industrial wastelands and the fast-paced disposable culture of its suburbs to the dramatically beautiful coast of Liguria—the family’s homeland—with its pesto, smoked chestnuts, torte, and, most beloved of all, ravioli, the food of celebration and happiness. Schenone discovers the persistent importance of place, while offering a perceptive voice on immigration and ethnicity in its twilight. Along the way, she gives us the comedies and foibles of family life, a story of love and loss, a deeper understanding of the bonds between parents and children, and the mysteries of pasta, rolled into a perfect circle of gossamer dough.

Verdict: Remove

It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been

It’s Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been by BJ Gallagher
Nonfiction; Self Help
Added February 25, 2012

Dreams deferred are dreams that die — a process that can take the dreamer along with them. Gallagher believes it’s never too late to revisit, and relive, one’s deepest desires. Writing in her trademark warm and witty style, Gallagher argues that rather than spend endless time trying to find oneself, one should start creating oneself by returning to basic life wishes. It’s Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been, based on the famous George Eliot quote, combines sage advice, step-by-step guidelines, and inspirational push. Individual chapters include “Attitude is Everything,” “Mind Over Matter, Matters,” “Remembering Your Forgotten Dreams and Realizing Them,” and “It’s Never Too Late to Have a New Career.” Written for those who struggle with discovering their purpose in life — whether a nervous college graduate facing the future, a 40-something mom seeking renewal, or those who have been recently laid off — this book explains how to listen to and honor one’s inner voice.

Verdict: Remove


Dirrty by Celia Juliano
Fiction; Romance; Contemporary
Added February 25, 2012

Chiara believed she’d buried her dirty girl self under her role as a proper wife and mother. But when she gives into a naughty impulse to flirt with a hot construction worker, the persona her soon-to-be-ex husband and traditional Italian American family expect breaks down. Can she build a new life, or will everything crumble around her?

Rocco thought he knew what he wanted from Chiara—the same thing he always wanted from a hot woman. Something is different about Chiara, though, and Rocco soon decides he’s willing to play dirty to get her in his bed—and his life. When his troubled past resurfaces, Rocco’s determination falters, especially when he slams into the biggest obstacle of all—Chiara’s mistrust of him, and their love. But he knows Chiara’s walls can come down—and he’s good with a sledgehammer.

Verdict: Remove

Be Fearless: Change Your Life in 28 Days

Be Fearless by Jonathan Alpert
Nonfiction; Self Help
Added February 25, 2012

Most people have something that gnaws at them at night, a mess or unrealized dream somewhere in their lives that causes them to feel stuck, out of control, overwhelmed, incomplete, and dissatisfied. They want to run away, back away, and ignore what they fear–whether it’s a demanding boss, unsatisfying sex life, or distant love interest, but they can’t. The fear finds them anyway. It’s always there, and it’s the source of all of their unhappiness. It’s what lies behind every problem, and it’s what stands between them and the lives they were meant to live.

Psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert wants readers to know one thing: you can face your fear and create your ultimate life-and you can do it quickly. You can find your dream job. You can end that dead end relationship and get the love you want and deserve. You can overcome perfectionism, procrastination, panic, worry, rejection, failure, excuses and even the people in your life who keep telling you that you can’t. You can turn your dreams into reality. You can find happiness, success and love. And you don’t need years of therapy or even medications to do it.

Verdict: Remove

Removed 4/5 this week for 68/100. So far I’ve removed almost 70% of the books I’ve revisited. I’d say that’s pretty good… of course I’ve only touched 100 of 3100 books on my list, but we’ll get there!

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