Chuckle for the day: drool-worthy ad for pasteurized processed cheese food… in a “healthy” cooking magazine.
Heartburn by Nora Ephron, read by Meryl Streep
Rating: * * * *
This is a laugh-out-loud story of surviving the breakup of a marriage.
I highly recommend this recording just to hear Meryl Streep bring it to life. I wouldn’t have found the story half as funny had I read it in print: Streep’s inflections and timing bring out humor I would certainly have missed from the cast of self-indulgent characters.
Ephron penned many popular screenplays, including Sleepless in Seattle. The first print edition of Heartburn was published in 1983. This audio recording was released in 2013.
If you like this, you may also like Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen.
One of my fond memories of living in Reno is a waitress in a hole-in-the-wall cafe who always wrote “ripe toast” on my ticket rather than “rye toast.” What a sweet lady she was, and how wonderful was that ripe toast!
Camping’s Top Secrets by Cliff Jacobson
Rating: * * * *
A compilation of useful tips for everything from treating hypothermia and blisters to packing sourdough starter for a trip to sewing cozies for cooking pots. I have the 2nd edition, copyright 1998, but there is at least one subsequent version. These are great tips, detailed but not exhaustive. Other books by Jacobson provide greater detail on almost everything in this book. I look through this book about once a year and focus on something I’ve only skimmed before.