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Book Review: The Middle Place

Cover of "The Middle Place"

Cover of The Middle Place

By Mandy Webster

The Middle Place. By Kelly Corrigan. New York. Hyperion, 2008.

O, The Oprah Magazine, calls Kelly Corrigan’s memoir, The Middle Place, “Funny and irresistibly exuberant.” Personally, I had some difficulty discovering exactly what it was that Oprah (or her current staff of book reviewers) found so amusing. The only exuberance came in the form of Corrigan’s salesman-for-life father, who she kept on a pedestal throughout the entire book.

One review I read on The Middle Place said, “Just past the second half of the book, the writer’s tone and the content becomes whiny, self indulgent, leaving the author sounding like a spoiled child who needs to grow up.” I was unable to find humor in this work, given the self-centered, overbearing nature of the main character. There were a few promising passages early on, but Corrigan’s obnoxious, “Pay attention to me!” attitude began to grate just a few chapters in. Read more…

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Squeaky Gourmet: Simple. Clean. Food

Squeaky Gourmet: Simple. Clean. Food.Squeaky Gourmet: Simple. Clean. Food. Rochester, NH

I’ve heard a lot about the ‘clean’ food revolution lately, so I find this book intriguing. According to the seller,

Squeaky Gourmet is a colorful and well written cookbook intended to educate and encourage the reader towards a healthy diet. Food knowledge coupled with exciting recipes makes this book a must have for anyone on any fitness level. There is no need for boredom in the kitchen or dead taste buds in order to eat healthy. Squeaky Gourmet offers delicious recipes for every meal, snack or even office party. Author Maureen Jeanson holds certifications in fitness from ACSM, ISSA and the US Navy. Jamie Wilson offers her experience in the struggle with being healthy and NOT sacrificing flavor and comfort at the same time. Read more…