August 30th, 2011

Aleph by Paulo Coelho

Aleph by Paulo CoelhoTransform your life. Rewrite your destiny.

In his most personal novel to date, internationally best-selling author Paulo Coelho returns with a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Like the main character in his much-beloved The Alchemist, Paulo is facing a grave crisis of faith. As he seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to begin again: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him.

Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion. Even so, he never expects to meet Hilal. A gifted young violinist, she is the woman Paulo loved five hundred years before—and the woman he betrayed in an act of cowardice so far-reaching that it prevents him from finding real happiness in this life. Together they will initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, traveling a path that teaches love, forgiveness, and the courage to overcome life’s inevitable challenges. Beautiful and inspiring, Aleph invites us to consider the meaning of our own personal journeys: Are we where we want to be, doing what we want to do?

Some books are read. Aleph is lived.

This book will be available on September 27, 2011.

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August 29th, 2011
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield"Silence is not a natural environment for stories," Miss Winter told me once. "They need words. Without them they grow pale, sicken and die. And then they haunt you."

Keep Out

August 26th, 2011

A strange fence behind the Museum of Art

August 19th, 2011
Donations this year: 3
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August 17th, 2011
BladeBlade: You give Frost a message from me. You tell him it's open season on all suckheads.

Last Man in Tower

August 16th, 2011

Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga

Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln ChildSearing. Explosive. Lyrical. Compassionate. Here is the astonishing new novel by the Man Booker Prize–winning author of The White Tiger, a book that took rage and anger at injustice and turned it into a thrilling murder story. Now, with the same fearlessness and insight, Aravind Adiga broadens his canvas to give us a riveting story of money and power, luxury and deprivation, set in the booming city of Mumbai.

At the heart of this novel are two equally compelling men, poised for a showdown. Real estate developer Dharmen Shah rose from nothing to create an empire and hopes to seal his legacy with a building named the Shanghai, which promises to be one of the city’s most elite addresses. Larger-than-life Shah is a dangerous man to refuse. But he meets his match in a retired schoolteacher called Masterji. Shah offers Masterji and his neighbors—the residents of Vishram Society’s Tower A, a once respectable, now crumbling apartment building on whose site Shah’s luxury high-rise would be built—a generous buyout. They can’t believe their good fortune. Except, that is, for Masterji, who refuses to abandon the building he has long called home. As the demolition deadline looms, desires mount; neighbors become enemies, and acquaintances turn into conspirators who risk losing their humanity to score their payday.

Here is a richly told, suspense-fueled story of ordinary people pushed to their limits in a place that knows none: the new India as only Aravind Adiga could explore—and expose—it. Vivid, visceral, told with both humor and poignancy, Last Man in Tower is his most stunning work yet.

This book will be available on September 20, 2011.

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August 16th, 2011
George R. R. Martin - A Game of Thrones"Never forget who you are, for surely the world won’t. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you."

Weber Vegetable Basket

August 15th, 2011

Vegetables are not and never have been...impossible to grill, but they do tend to be inconvenient. This grill "basket" makes a significant difference. Gone are the days when an asparagus spear or a zucchini slice would slip between the grill grates. Now the peppers and onions you sliced can be grilled right along side of those sausages without need for a foil pouch.

You are going to set aside nearly half your grilling surface for this basket, but you can fill it with a good number of veggies. Obvious comment disclaimer: Make sure you have an oven mitt or a towel to protect your hand; this thing is metal and it is sitting on your hot grill, it will get very hot.

Cleaning the stainless steel is a breeze. Let it cool and then hit it with warm water, soap and a sponge and you're all set. No hard scrubbing or crazy products required.

If you do not grill very often, or ever grill vegetables for that matter, there is no need for this product. But for less than $20, this is a great asset for those of us who grill so many of our meals.


Too good to be true...

August 12th, 2011

Napa Valley