Monday, March 16, 2009

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Molly Wizenberg // Hyperion Books // 288pp

"Write what scares you." That's the kind of directive you'll get in creative writing classes. It's abundantly clear, as you parse the pages of Molly Wizenberg's beautiful new book "A Homemade Life," that she is writing something that scares her. The book seems light at first, a fizzy frolic with recipes and anecdotes and cute little pictures of flowers and fruit. But this book is indeed about something deeper and darker, something that only a brave writer could write. It is, in essence, the story of her relationship with her father--a lovable man she called Burg. The story starts with potato salad and ends, powerfully, with Burg's death from cancer.

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