What Emeran’s Reading: Cutting For Stone, the verdict

What a great book! We all know that life is complicated. This story follows the life of Marion Stone and the tortured, yet ultimately resolved, relationships with his family. He goes through life doing what he thinks is expected of him. He is successful as a doctor,...

What Emeran’s Reading: The Three Musketeers

I just finished slogging through The Three Musketeers. I unearthed a box of books from the basement last November. We are trying to clean out some space, and the mound of unpacked boxes was destined to be tackled. The amount of space “stuff” takes up in our lives is...

Checklist Manifesto

I’ve been on a non-fiction kick lately. The past four books I read were  non-fiction and I recently finished The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. Gawande has a long list of credentials, including: general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital...

Flavor Amplitude

Flavor amplitude describes the fullness and balance of a flavor. Iconic food and beverage brands that have high flavor amplitude include Coca Cola and Heinz Ketchup. No matter how other brands try, they can’t topple these two brands when it comes to taste. These...

Out of Africa and the cafe

I recently read the book Out of Africa. I picked it up because it is old and takes place on a coffee plantation in Africa and found the book is quite different than the movie. Isak Denison, the pseudonym for Karen Blixen, writes about the daily things in life that...

A lesson from ancient China

I recently read Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. I have read a few books based in China, some fiction and some non-fiction, but, most have been set during the Cultural Revolution. This book is set in a time well before the Cultural Revolution, when women’s...
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