Puzzle Tov!: A Kosher Collection of Jewish Brainteasers, Puzzles, and Enigmas to Drive You Totally Mesghugenneh! by Peter Weisz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I got this from the publisher through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program. Some classic puzzles recast and a few new to me (irrespective of the recasting). One line in the description says “You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy this book!”, but it helps to have Jewish knowledge to answer a few of the puzzles! A few of the solutions said the reader needed to take leaps of logic, but a few more didn’t make that claim yet should have – some of the answers came out of nowhere, solved with information that could not even be inferred. Still, it’s fun.
Formatting note: PDF is not the optimum way to read this.
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The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder That Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty by Philip Jett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received an advance uncorrected proof for review from the publisher. Disclosure: I do not generally read crime fiction, crime non-fiction, narrative non-fiction, but a publisher’s representative found me here on Goodreads and reached out to me, asking if I’d be interested in reading Jett’s book. I’d known of the murder, but nothing about it, and as I like to read books outside my comfort zone just to stretch the brain, I agreed. On a personal note, the book would have to be something I really did not want to read for me to turn down the offer. I don’t like to be rude to generosity. Continue reading
Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast: Reflections on Fatherhood by Matteo Bussola
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’m so glad NetGalley made this English translation of Bussola’s original Italian available for an early read!
Delightful. Poignant. Real. Funny. Vulnerable. Human.
I could stop there, but that would do this a disservice. I understand that the stories in here are from Bussola’s Facebook posts about his life with three daughters and being a father. They are brilliant, heartwarming, candid…okay, more adjectives… Here’s a snippet, from when his six year old was asking how someone blind could love (there’s more to the story…):
“So love is like music, Daddy?”
“Sort of, yes. But you can’t feel it through your ears.”
“Well, how then?”
“Well, through everything. Even your nose. Yours Hands. Your feet.”
“No way! How can you feel it with your feet?”
“I’ll give you an example. You know hat girlfriends do to their boyfriends, to test whether they really love them? Your mom always did it to me.”
“At the beginning, when I used to go to her house, or she would come to mine, and she slept over, your mom would always put her freezing feet on my back or my legs.”
“And what did you do?”
“I left them there and warmed them.”
“But didn’t they make you really cold?”
“A little, sure.”
“So when Mommy put her feet on you, you heard music, Daddy?”
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