BookPeople Best of 2012: FICTION


In no particular order…..

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

“The first thing to know about Adam Johnson’s marvelous book is that nothing is as it seems. The protagonist, after an arduous childhood, does not really have a name. Like many things in North Korea, appearance is more important than substance; thus, his name is that of one taken from a martyr’s grave, the name of some war hero who died resisting the influences of the West in the Korean War. That his mother was a beautiful singer whisked off to Pyongyang only enhances this dream-like quality of his existence…(Johnson’s) book is an open letter to metaphorically examine the North Korean state of mind. Engaging and well paced, The Orphan Master’s Son will charm and terrify you at the same time.” – Raul, First Floor Inventory Manager (Read his full review.)


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Switching from Unhealthy to Healthy

Lately, I’ve really become concerned over aging. It’s not something that ever crossed my mind when I was 16, 18 or even 21.  But now that I’m 23 it feels like I’m jumping hurdles towards 30.  I find myself suddenly scrutinizing the wrinkles and skin elasticity of women when I’m watching TV and I’m wondering how long before I start to noticeably age.  If these are the peak years for a woman, then I must already be starting the long descent downwards.  Many women would consider this a crime, but I don’t use any special face wash or lotion..just soap, towel dry, then sleep. And while I used to be an active gym rat, the past few years I barely exercise. I have been trying a little to eat more healthily, but now I’ve decided to go all out and try to make most of my diet about vegetables and vitamins.  If I’m not putting in the nutrients that my body needs and just stuffing it with processed foods, pizza, sweets, and meat, how will my body look like 10 or even 5 years from today?  How will these habits manifest themselves on my skin and face, where aging is most noticeable? It’s time I start taking care of my body, making more careful choices of what I decide to put in it, and exercising even if its just 15 minutes a day. These small differences each day I believe should add up as the years accumulate. Today I’d like to try out a few vegetable- based dishes and see how they come out.  I’m an amateur cook but if I can learn by trying out recipe one by one I’m hoping I can make vegetables taste not only edible but savory.

Vegetable Dish 1

Picture of Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Vegetable Dish 2

Picture of Hot Artichoke-Spinach Dip Recipe