Bookoccino » 2011 » April

when-god-was-a-rabbitStrange title, but a delightful story told in two parts – the first is about Elly’s childhood in the UK with a poor family who win the lottery and move to a bigger house, better area. The second part is 30 years later when Elly is in New York and her brother, who has struggled with being gay most of his life, is caught up in the theatre world. It’s a story full of dramas, illnesses, betrayals, friendships and even the loss of the pet rabbit called God. And at the end of all this drama, there is hope. A good story.


hare-with-amber-eyes-2Once a month we’ve decided to pick a book that we believe will be one of this year’s great books. The books selected will cross all genres and by the end of the year will represent the best books published during the year. Join us on this literary exploration. And our first book will be Edmund de Waal’s The Hare With Amber Eyes, a story of de Waal’s journey with 264 Japanese wood and ivory carvings, netsuke, which were left to him in his great uncle’s will.    De Waal decides to trace the journey these netsuke have made through his family, a journey of over one hundred years.  Customers just keep telling us how wonderful the book is.  So this is our first selection.


pressure-cookingI bought a pressure cooker last year and had trouble finding a cookbook that worked for me.  Juanita Phillips’ A Pressure Cooker Saved My Life came closest but there weren’t enough recipes that I would use.  So when the Women’s Weekly Pressure Cooking arrived last week, I grabbed a copy.  Already I’ve done a couple of meals and they really work.  The  food is the sort of food you look forward to eating, and I’m getting it on the table from go to woa in under an hour.  Hooray!


sanctusThis is a terrific pageturner, set in a fictional Turkish city called Ruin where a thousand foot high mountain houses a group of monks whose aim in life is to keep an ancient secret, the Sanctus, the reason behind their existence. The story starts with one of these monks, after standing like the statue of Jesus the Redeemer in Rio, throwing himself off the top of the mountain to the cobblestones below. And he does this in full view of the world, courtesy of television. There is a journalist and a policeman who decide to decipher the mysteries of Ruin and we are swept up into this world of religion, murder, myth and history. It’s a great story, a real pageturner with intelligence behind the writing. I was caught up in the history of the early church in Turkey and it’s unlikely you’ll be able to guess the ending until it’s upon you. A really really good read.


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