April Bookworm

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Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard
If you love a good story plus recipes, I would sincerely suggest you read Picnic in Provence.
Her journey continues in France as she and her husband say jusqu’à ce qu’on se revoit to their life in Paris and start anew in the idylic Provencal village of Céreste.

Though I loved her first (Lunch in Paris), this one I related strongly to. The book goes deep into her relationship with her Father, as well as the difficulty she had bonding with her Son. The serene book cover belies the soul-searching Bard’s pilgrimage takes. It’s not a fluffy travel memoir…and yet, her sharp wit and dexterous turn of phrase keep you smiling through out.

“Ten years ago, New Yorker Elizabeth Bard followed a handsome Frenchman up a spiral staircase to a love nest in the heart of Paris. Now, with a baby on the way and the world’s flakiest croissant around the corner, Elizabeth is sure she’s found her “forever place.” But life has other plans.
On a last romantic jaunt before the baby arrives, the couple take a trip to the tiny Provencal village of Céreste. A chance encounter leads them to the wartime home of a famous poet, a tale of a buried manuscript and a garden full of heirloom roses. Under the spell of the house and its unique history, in less time than it takes to flip a crepe, Elizabeth and Gwendal decide to move-lock, stock and Le Creuset-to the French countryside.”

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The Martian by Andy Weir
I’ve been pestering everyone I know to read this. Been driving them nuts so I could have fan-crazed discussions about how much we love this book!

I’d heard about Weir’s debut novel from the internet nerd/sci-fi community {Spoilers} as a must read last year and filed it away in my head to check it out. Then last month standing in the checkout at the grocery I grabbed it off the rack and read the first page (The first line actually) and was sold.

“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—& a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?”

The story starts with Watney’s first person mission logs; they not only highlight the pure genius of the man, but also that he’s just plain hilarious.

“I need to ask myself, ‘What would an Apollo astronaut do?’ He’d drink three whiskey sours, drive his Corvette to the launchpad, then fly to the moon in a command module smaller than my Rover. Man those guys were cool.”

“I can’t wait till I have grandchildren. When I was younger, I had to walk to the rim of a crater. Uphill! In an EVA suit! On Mars, ya little shit! Ya hear me? Mars!”

“Actually, I was the very lowest ranked member of the crew. I would only be “in command” if I were the only remaining person.”
What do you know? I’m in command”

“I’m calling it the Watney Triangle because after what I’ve been through, shit on Mars should be named after me.”

Any more and I’ll spoil it for you, but trust me, there is an overflowing treasure chest of gems like the above!

Anyone read this yet? Where my sci-nerds at? Comment below if you have!

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