Friday, July 01, 2016
Books Read: June 2016
1) Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line by Michael Gibney - an interesting look inside the kitchen of an upscale New York City restaurant. I really enjoy watching cooking shows but they are a stylized version of a kitchen. This book shows the ugliness of what happens behind the scenes but also the closeness the cooks and staff end up developing.
2) My Wish List by Gregoire Delacourt - a very small book (more of a novella) of what happens to an ordinary French housewife when she wins the lottery. I liked this book quite a bit. It makes you think about what you would change in your life if you suddenly received everything you ever wanted. The main character bothered me a bit with her indecisiveness but I do feel that the author wrote her that way on purpose.
3) Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. - the life story of the strange life of the daughter of one of America's richest men. This was an interesting look at the life of a very strange woman. I think she may have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum if she were a child today. Her story is very sad and it is a shame that so many people were more interested in what she could give them instead of what was best for her.