Ambra Vernuccio Vernuccio itibaren Dhammasa, Myanmar (Burma)
** spoiler alert ** I had such high hopes for this book. That the women, though slaves and black in 1850, might escape to freedom when they had their chance. I kept reading through the gory details of the master and slave relationship and endured through the particularly awful stories of these slave women who were raped as young girls and bore children to the plantation owners, hoping that their masters would free their children. However, there was no redemption, and the main character, Lizzie, was weak and in the end, even her epiphany of her worth was too little too late and a little abrupt. I read this book because it was billed as just as great as The Help. Don't be sucked in, my friends, unless you have a stomach of iron.
Another well-written story by Barbara Gowdy!! I'll be on the lookout for more of her work. Norma, Sandy and Louise (Lou) grow up with a demanding, cantankerous, military minded father in Toronto during the 60's. I'm not so sure I could have coped as well as they seemed to living with him. Their mother had her own set of problems brought on by dropping her 1st child, a son, over Niagara Falls to his death. She drinks herself into oblivion each and every day of her life but at the same time, has a profound affect on each of her daughters. Norma, Sandy and Lou are left to shop for groceries, clean house, cook meals, do laundry and be at the front door each day upon their father's arrival for inspection! Such a tragic life these girl's lead with an inattentive mother, a demanding, moody and at times absent father. Each of the 3 daughters cope with their dysfunctional situation in different ways. The story is full of surprises and unexpected happenings. The ending totally shocked me! I really would have liked the book to continue on a wee bit more so we could learn where Norma, Sandy and Lou went from the end.
I picked up this little cookbook on a Borders binge and thought it would be perfect for the single girl living in Paris. Instead, it made me feel pathetic... AND the recipes weren't that great.
Full of facts with no sources listed, this book could have been written by grabbing info while surfing the web.... But the recipes are great.