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Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

August 30th, 2010 · 1 Comment


finished 08.29.10

I read this entire 400-page book in one weekend. I had some issues with parts of the story, but it was obviously fast-paced and interesting enough to get me through the pages rapidly. Enjoyable, but not as good as The Time Traveler’s Wife, which I read 5 years ago while on vacation in Hawaii.

It should be noted that Dallas and I watched the movie version of The Time Traveler’s Wife on Saturday night and it was terrible. Just read the book!

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Books of 2005

January 3rd, 2006 · 11 Comments

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The Office, East Ukrainian Village, Chicago

In 2005 I set my hands on 33 books and finished 24 of them. It’s disappointing that my numbers are down from 2004, but I think I was busier so I’m still proud that I finished a couple dozen. My favorite books from the year were:

Nonfiction:

Fiction:

Here’s a complete list of the books I’ve read this year:

  • Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell finished 12.26.05
  • The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling finished 12.09.05
  • Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving finished 11.23.05
  • The Columnist by Jeffrey Frank finished 11.08.05
  • The Road to Wellville by T. C. Boyle finished 10.30.05
  • The Alienist by Caleb Carr finished 10.09.05
  • Book of Ages 30 by Lockhart Steele, Joshua Albertson, Jonathan Van Gieson
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova finished 09.30.05
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire finished 09.11.05
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon finished 08.14.05
  • The Kaua’i Movie Book by Chris Cook, David Boynton
  • Pupus to Da Max by Douglas Simonson, Pat Sasaki, Ken Sakata
  • A Concise History of the Hawaiian Islands by Phil Barnes finished 07.17.05
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Kidd finished 07.17.05
  • Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner finished 07.17.05
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger finished 07.08.05
  • Pidgin to Da Max by Douglas Simonson, Pat Sasaki, Ken Sakata
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain finished 06.26.05
  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom finished 06.13.05
  • The East of Eden by John Steinbeck finished 06.07.05
  • The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark finished 05.21.05
  • Tales From The Scale by Erin J. Shea
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell finished 04.25.05
  • The Quince Seed Potion by Morteza Baharloo finished 04.21.05
  • The Little Black Book Of Sushi by Day Zschock finished 04.14.05
  • The Broker by John Grisham finished 04.07.05
  • Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres finished 03.20.05
  • The Namesake: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri finished 02.04.05
  • Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Perfect Storm : A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger finished 01.22.05

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Around Kaua’i's South Shore

July 20th, 2005 · 3 Comments


Kathy :: Grand Hyatt, Poipu, Kaua’i


Koloa Town, Kaua’i


Koloa Town, Kaua’i


Koloa Town, Kaua’i


Rachelle, Koloa, Kaua’i


I thought the gas would be more expensive. These are only a few cents higher than Chicago prices. Kalaheo, Kaua’i


Kalaheo, Kaua’i


The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger :: Gillin’s Beach, Kaua’i


Gillin’s Beach, Kaua’i


Kite Surfing :: Gillin’s Beach, Kaua’i


Shipwreck Beach, Kaua’i


Shipwreck Beach, Kaua’i


Shipwreck Beach, Kaua’i


Shipwreck Beach, Kaua’i


Shipwreck Beach, Kaua’i


Shipwreck Beach, Kaua’i


Shipwreck Beach, Kaua’i


Shipwreck Beach, Kaua’i


Shipwreck Beach, Kaua’i


Shipwreck Beach, Kaua’i


Dallas Bodysurfing :: Shipwreck Beach, Kaua’i.


Dallas Bodysurfing :: Shipwreck Beach, Kaua’i.


Shipwreck Beach, Kaua’i


Shipwreck Beach, Kaua’i


Shipwreck Beach, Kaua’i


Hawaiian Treat: Unripe mango .. dip it in the shoyu/sugar sauce.


Brick Oven Pizza, Kalaheo, Kaua’i


Brick Oven Pizza, Kalaheo, Kaua’i


Brick Oven Pizza, Kalaheo, Kaua’i


Brick Oven Pizza


Brick Oven Pizza

The next morning we were back at the Hyatt for our favorite brunch buffet. Except this year they seemed to have slimmed it down. What happened to the meat shaving station? And the tiers of dessert? And the sushi bar? It was still a good brunch but we couldn’t help missing what was there last year.

Afterwards we ran some errands in Koloa Town. Stopped at some stores, stopped by the post office. In the afternoon we went back to Gillin’s Beach. And then spent some time at Shipwreck Beach.

For an afternoon snack we had a local treat. You mix some shoyu (soy sauce) with sugar and a little vinegar, if you have it, then you dip green, unripe mango in it. The mango is bitter and the shoyu mixture is kind of salty/sweat. Not bad, but I think it’s an acquired taste. Then for dinner we had pizza from Brick Oven Pizza in Kalaheo. Everyone had been talking about how good it is and how it was the best on the island so I had to try it. Really good. I liked how the crust was made with either homemade white or wheat dough and was fluted and brushed with garlic butter. YUM.

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