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An Update…

Still reading Michener’s Alaska, Everyone.

It’s pretty funny: I downloaded the ebook, having no clue as to Michener’s reputation (not that this would have changed my decision to read Alaska). After opening the ebook and reading a few pages, I decided to see how many pages there would be, and was shocked. See, that’s one of the pitfalls of ebooks—you can’t tell their length immediately.

I’m actually really enjoying the book, and I think I made the right choice to base the length of time in a place based on however long it takes me to get through a book about that place. My goal for this project wasn’t just to learn to cook foods from around the world and enjoy them, but also to really learn about the random places I landed in, and I can think of no better way to do that than to read about each one.

The downside, of course, is that if I choose to read an epic novel like this one, I’ll be in one place for some time, and things will slow down on the blog. I still like reading about each place though, so I’ll keep tweaking it until I find a middle-ground solution that works. Any suggestions?

Speaking of suggestions, I’m also searching for an interesting book about Upper Michigan (or just Michigan), my next vicarious location. Non-fiction, memoir, biography, and historical fiction are genres I enjoy that also allow me to learn about the place. Any recommendations?

Be well….

Written by A. Alexander


  • Amy Munslow says:

    Michigan book recommendation! One book that I read in a college class that I will always remember is The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit. It is a dense, heavier read but it was so interesting, and also sad. I think about that book whenever I go to Detriot. Very little to do with food though! Also, check out the explosion of the craft beer scene… New (and tasty) industry replaces old!

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