Reading Challenge

Aileen attempts to read a book a week. Follow along as she loses her mind. We used the PopSugar 2018 Reading Challenge as inspiration, then went off on our own, as you’ll find we do a lot around here. Join in by reading the books Aileen reads, or by choosing your own.

The Jemima Code

The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks

“When we break the Jemima Code, America’s most maligned kitchen servant, Aunt Jemima is transformed into an inspirational and powerful symbol of culinary wisdom and authority — a role model.”   

-Toni Tipton-Martin

This isn’t a book of recipes, it is a book about books of recipes. It is about the people and the stories behind the books.  And it is a book that leads to more books.  And an outstanding blog. Read more

Bossypants

Bossypants

If you read the blog on Wednesday, you already know that we here at Persistiny love Tina Fey. You will also know that my favorite line from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is, “Last one to the bunker is the mother of whores!” That doesn’t have anything to do with the book Bossypants, I just wanted to keep to my habit of saying that sentence at least once a day.

Should you read Bossypants? Absolutely. Will it improve your life if you do? Probably not. Read more

Reading Challenge

Reading Challenge

After three years as an English major, I thought I was done with reading lists. But a weird thing happened a few years after I graduated. I started to miss prescribed reading. I’m not reading a seemingly endless string of loosely connected stories told by 7 noblewomen and 3 noblemen in an Italian garden as they wait out the plague (The Decameron, I’m looking at you). And I am done with Shakespeare (except maybe Richard III, what a delicious villain).
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