Monday, November 19, 2018

Phil recommends "The Kelloggs: The battling brothers of Battle Creek"

Michigan history buffs will love this story of two extraordinary brothers - John Harvey Kellogg, health guru and founder of the Battle Creek Sanitarium and William Keith Kellogg, founder of the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company.  John Harvey’s sanitarium was legendary, with clients such as Mary Todd Lincoln, Amelia Earhart, Booker T. Washington, Dale Carnegie, Henry Ford, and John D. Rockefeller, Jr.  William Keith’s cereal company became a household name and influenced how Americans started their mornings.  The Kellogg brothers’ animosity toward each other was as epic as their accomplishments.

I particularly enjoyed this book because I was born and raised in Battle Creek and my grandpa used to work for Kellogg’s and the Sanitarium – he carried Eleanor Roosevelt’s luggage! 

This book is appropriate for adults.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Gretchen recommends "The Traveling Feast"

Rick Bass takes readers on a wide-ranging road trip to meet his literary and artistic heroes including the late Peter Matthiessen, Barry Lopez, David Sedaris and Terry Tempest Williams among others.  He wants to explore and impart their wisdom with upcoming writers, and cook these luminaries a seasonal, local and organic meal, fueling his company in body and spirit.  Like his early work, Oil Notes, written in his twenties when he was a geologist, this is an introspective read.  At a painful turning point in midlife, Bass is now taking stock and  moving forward.   Part memoir, part culinary travelogue, The Traveling Feast is frequently humorous and often poignant.  Simply put, the writing is beautiful.  This adult book is the perfect read for a winter's day, best appreciated at a leisurely pace.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Connie recommends "The Girl Who Wrote in Silk"

​Inspired by true events, a heartwarming story you're sure to enjoy!

Recommended for adults or young adults.