Category Archives: Biography

Review + Excerpt: Beatrice Ojakangas’ Food-Filled Memoir, “Homemade: Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life in Food”

Finnish-American chef and prolific cookbook author Beatrice Okajangas has gifted her loyal readers and new fans with a most beautiful and heartfelt memoir of her life in food–a well-told tale of family origins, inborn talent, opportunities seized, and hard work–flavored throughout by her own irresistible spirit. Continue reading

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Travel the World in Books is Reading “An African in Greenland”

Our March 2016 Readalong selection is An African in Greenland by Tété-Michel Kpomassie.  I raved about this amazing travel memoir in November 2014 (see my review). Now I have the chance to share it with friends reading both fiction and nonfiction from many continents in the Travel … Continue reading

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2015 Reading Challenges–Nonfiction and Books in Translation (Perfect Together)

This blog is my place for visiting the “Northern Lights” countries of Scandinavia, including Iceland, by way of my dream reading list. I have books beckoning in each of my categories of literature, history, biography, travel, and food (see my … Continue reading

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Call of the Deep North: “An African in Greenland” by Tété-Michel Kpomassie

An African in Greenland by Tété-Michel Kpomassie (trans. by James Kirkup, 1983; intro. A. Alvarez). New York Review Books, 2001. Tété-Michel Kpomassie is an extraordinary person and an extraordinary writer. His decision to leave his native Togo in 1959 and … Continue reading

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Travel the World in Books Readathon–Wrap-up of Activities and Gratitude!

After two weeks of participating in the first Travel the World in Books Readathon, I am most happy for having spent time with this wonderful community of bloggers. Big thanks to our hosts–Moms Small Victories, Lost in Books, and Savvy … Continue reading

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