• Mel’s Book List 2017

    2017 is going to be a good year for reading. I can taste it. I’ve already finished five books and broke open the spine on my sixth. There’s a proverb floating around the internet that it takes 21 days to form a habit. I Googled it to make sure before I hit publish. Conveniently and coincidentally, I’m writing to

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  • “The Book of Tea,” by Kakuzo Okakura

    Kakuzo Okakura’s classic 1906 long essay about the east, west, tea and everything in between is less about tea itself and more about the history and philosophy of the east, west and cultural differences as explored through the lens of tea. His essay links the role of tea, or teaism, in Japanese aesthetic life. It was

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  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

    I’ve got a secret   Even though it’s not a secret, I feel like it’s a secret.  That I’m reading the literary stylings of J.K. Rowling disguised as a hard-nosed mystery novel.  I love it.  I’m reading the book in public going, “maybe you know, maybe you don’t”.  The book is fun before you even

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