Love Idol by Jennifer Dukes Lee
I’ve never been a huge Robert Hass reader, but I’ve enjoyed this book fairly well. The poems are lyric mostly, and the longer poems were my favorites. The collection was a best-of for those years rather than a cohesive book, so I did miss some of that interplay between poems that you’d find in other collections.
Scrap Iron by Mark J. Brewin
my favorite poems in this book were the ones about his father, a blue-collar worker. They were relatable and loving but clear-sighted. more on the narrative side than the lyric, i enjoyed being enveloped in this worker’s world, though from the outside a bit since most of his narratives of the hard work are of watching his father. his work reminded me of Philip Levine, who i also like.
I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson
I asked to review this book because I thought it was an eight-week program on quitting desserts, but this book takes it much further than that—no fruit! I don’t think it’s a good idea to not eat fruit, so I decided not to try the sugar-detox or the recipes (much to my husband’s joy!).
BUT, that said, I think the book would work well with paleo or a gluten-free diet, and I have a friend who I think would like it. the pictures and graphic design are eye-catching and the book is easy to read—laid out in a magazine style. (you can read chapter one here: Read Chapter One)
the author keeps in mind the most difficult aspects of going sugar-free — handling kid’s meals, breakfast, and snacks–and tailors her book and recipes around that.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is pursuing a healthy, clean-eating lifestyle or has special dietary needs. As for me and my house, we will continue to gobble strawberries and blueberries and apples faster than the grow.
(I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review )