Monthly Archives: November 2010

Teaser Tuesday (11/30/2010) – Divisadero

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TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:

#1 Grab your current read.

#2 Let the book fall open to a random page.

#3 Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

#4 You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given! # Please avoid spoilers!

My two teasers

Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje

She told him it was nothing, but at the farm, when she climbed out of the truck, she could hardly walk and he carried her into the house. It was the first time he had touched her in a year.

The Garden of Invention – Review

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The Garden of Invention: Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants by Jane S. Smith

Age: Adult

The Garden of Invention is a semi-biographical tale of Luther Burbank and his involvement of fruit and vegetable invention and production from the late 1870s to the 1930’s. Burbank, best known for his invention of the Russet Potato (the hallmark of McDonald’s fries around the world) has been an instrumental figure in the history and evolution of food production since his first interest in the field in the 1860s. He first discovered his passion for food science when he happened across a less known Charles Darwin title “Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication” at his local library.

Starting first in the East Coast, Burbank eventually moved West to Northern California. It was after this move when he really began to explore and experiment with food variations. His first creation was in 1873 – The Burbank Potato. He later went on to invent: Paradox Walnut (1893), Burbank Rose (1899), Burbank Crimson California Poppy (1904) and Elephant Garlic (1919) just to name a few. He’s had a profound effect on the food that we eat. I never gave the concept for food invention much thought before reading this book. Learning about the science, the passion and the curiosities that go into this field of agriculture is quite fascinating.

Although the subject matter might come across as dull, I found the book to be really interesting, enough to get me out of my 5 week reading slump. Luther Burbank is an interesting figure in history. A quiet man, gardening to his heart’s content, inventing dozens of fruits, vegetables and flowers in his lifetime. I think this book will be a fan favorite of farmer’s market vendors, and anyone really interested in the history of food science in the years between the Civil War and the Great Depression. I also love that a large chunk of it takes place in Northern California. Jane Smith has a very easy and relaxed pace in her writing. She includes tidbits about other major historical figures at the time to give the reader a better concept of the world during Burbank’s life. Overall, I found the book to be informational without being dry. A very difficult feat to accomplish.

green books campaign

This book was reviewed for the 2nd Annual Green Books Campaign by EcoLibris. This book has been published on 100% recycled paper or FSC- certified paper.

The Garden of Invention
by Jane S. Smith
Penguin Books, 2009
ISBN 9780143116899
329 pages


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The 2010 World Series Champs!

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Yours and my San Francisco Giants!!!

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The Giants win the game 3 – 1 against the Texas Rangers, with Tim Lincecum outpitching Cliff Lee in what was a nerve-racking pitching duel in Game 5 of the World Series.

I’m not a hardcore Giants fan, but the very first baseball game I ever went to was a Giants game at Candlestick park when I was 8 years old. This team has been in my life one way or another while I’ve lived in the Bay Area, and I am extremely proud of this team for doing so well in the World Series this year.

Here’s to more years of success for the Giants and hopefully no more 56 year dry spells!!


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