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First book review of 2023

January 2nd, 2023


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Books! Here is what’s new on the nightstand as we tumble headfirst into the new year. Yes, Year of the Rabbit, yes yes yes yes. In that spirit, I’m trying to finish this review before the battery runs out on my laptop. Here we go…

Just received a review copy of “Between the Listening and the Telling: How Stories Can Save Us,” by Ashland, Oregon, writer Mark Yaconelli (Broadleaf Books, 2022, 188 pages, $24.99). The Ford Family Foundation sent this one. They send out free books to reviewers, and they fund scholarships. Good people, good work! And you know I live for stories. xoxo

“The Sugar Mouse Cake,” written by Gene Zion, with art by Margaret Bloy Graham, is an old favorite from when I was a baby. A young kitchen worker dreams of becoming the royal pastry chef, so he and his pet mouse enter the baking competition. Have I reviewed it before? I have no idea. But pick up a copy for the kids or grandkids if you’re lucky enough to find one, looks like it’s out of print. (Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, Jan. 1, 1964, $334.02 on Amazon nooooooo…)

“Dressing Up the Stars: The Story of Movie Costume Designer Edith Head,” written by Jeanne Walker Harvey, illustrated by Diana Toledano (Beach Lane Books, 2022, ages 3-8, all ages, $18.99). Oh, my friends, the genius of my girl Edith Head. Get this one for the artists, fashionistas and movie buffs in your life. It’s delightful.

Ciao for now, bon appetit, and Happy Year of the Bunny,

xoxo and love,


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