~Matched and Crossed~

Ally Condie announced that she is giving away galley copies of Crossed on all three of her web sites. I loved the Matched and meeting Ally when she presented at the Local Authors Book Group for Teachers. I don't know about the rest of you, but I am on pins and needles with excitement for Crossed. Submit your entry for an ARC copy at:
Monday, March 21:The Matched Department
Wednesday, March 23: The-Society.NET
Friday, March 25: http://community.livejournal.com/matched_trilogy

~Day of Honey~

"In the fall of 2003, Annia Ciezadlo spent her honeymoon in Baghdad. Over the next six years, while living in Baghdad and Beirut, she broke bread with Shiites and Sunnis, warlords and refugees, warlords and refugees, matriarchs and mullahs." Day of Honey is a memoir of love, conflict, and the hunger for food and friendship. Annia uses food to feed the soul and the body during a time of war.
This culinary journey is well written and insightful to life in war. She helps the reader understand that every culture has its own cuisine and culinary traditions. The story brought back dear memories of one of my students. At the time of this story he was a young Kurdish child living in a tent city on the border of Afghanistan. He described similar dishes and situations to me. Annia's story filled in the missing parts of his story for me.
I really enjoyed this book and it was well worth the reading. I couldn't put it down until the end. The recipes the author shared is a bonus that even a non-cook as myself is willing to try!
This book was given to me as by The Free Press Blog Tour.