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Re-entering the Fray September 20, 2014

Filed under: Book Recommendations,Books,Famous people — Janet @ 5:41 pm

How long has it been since I last posted to this blog?  Where have I been?  What have I been doing?  I’ll try to fill inIMG_3567 the gap, but in the meantime I’ll start with a book I just finished reading.  The Book of Salt by Monique Truong, published in 2003. .  The author, Monique Truong, was born in Saigon but moved to the U.S. when she was six.  I enjoyed the book for its snippets of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas and Paris in the early 1930’s.  It is written from the eyes of their Vietnamese cook.  The “secrets” of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas are interwoven with the life of their cook who was born in Vietnam and lived and worked there until his early 20’s.  He left to see the world and ended up in Paris, just at the right moment to answer a help wanted ad by 2 American ladies for a live-in cook.  He is unfazed by their eccentricities – and indeed has a few of his own.


7 Responses to “Re-entering the Fray”

  1. Janet Says:

    Please excuse the format of the text and the sideways picture. I’ll work on getting it right. Needless to say I’m out of practice.

  2. Janet Says:

    Now the post begins to look more normal. What a way to spend almost all day Saturday. And it turned out to be relatively simple in the end.

  3. mlegan Says:

    JANET!!! Happy to see a post from you. Still in Seattle?

  4. Dorothy Says:

    Hi Janet, good to hear from you! That looks like an interesting book. I’ve just finished “Lark Rise to Candelford” which I enjoyed very much for all the detail of how people lived in the 1880s.

  5. Janet Says:

    Sounds good I’ll try to get a copy at the local library.

  6. Matt Says:

    Janet!! Oh my gosh, where have you been? I was trying to contact you for years! I’m glad you’re back at the blog, but what does “leaving” mean? Are you moving away from Seattle?

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