Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Random House Books

The Other People by C. J. Tudor

The Other People is the story of a father's search for his missing daughter, a daughter the world believes is dead, murdered along with her mother while he was driving home. He knows she is alive, though, as  he saw... Continue Reading →

The Girls by Emma Cline

Evie Boyd was just fourteen in 1969, adrift and neglected by her parents. Her father had recently divorced and marriedhis secretary Tamar. Her mother was dating a series of men and was far more focused on them than on her daughter. The Girls, a... Continue Reading →

Soframiz by Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick

According to Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick, sofra refers to "everything you prepare for the table: food, place settings, glassware, décor, linens.”  In Iran, it refers to the cloth spread on the floor that the food is placed on when people eat. To... Continue Reading →

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Kitchens of the Great Midwest is, on the surface, the story of Eva Thorvald, but it is so much more. Each chapter tells the story of people who are linked to Eva in one way or another. It opens with Lutefisk,... Continue Reading →

¡Cuba! Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen by Dan Goldberg, Andrea Kuhn, and Jody Eddy

Dan Goldberg, Andrea Kuhn and Jody Eddy made three trips to Cuba to do the research, cooking and photos for their cookbook ¡Cuba! Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen. They planned to focus on the paladores, underground kitchens using bootleg... Continue Reading →

Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice by Adam Benforado

Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice by Adam Benforado is one of those important books with the capacity to change our direction, if only enough people read it and are inspired by it to agitate for criminal justice reform. It... Continue Reading →

All Under Heaven by Carolyn Phillips

All Under Heaven is a comprehensive guide to the cuisines of China, all 35 of them. Did you even know there were 35 Chinese cuisines? Cynthia Phillips does and she wrote the book. The cuisines are organized geographically, starting with... Continue Reading →

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Girl in Pieces is Kathleen Glasgow's debut novel. It's narrated by Charlotte (Charlie) Davis, a seventeen year old young woman and opens when her naked, bleeding body is left, wrapped in a sheet, at the door of a hospital in the... Continue Reading →

Life on the Edge by Johnjoe McFadden & Jim Al-Khalili

It is not easy writing science for non-scientists. There is always the difficult question of how much foundation must be laid, what metaphors and common sensical comparisons can be employed to introduce concepts that are unfamiliar. In Life on the Edge:... Continue Reading →

Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast by Noah Siegel and Christian Schwarz

Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast is a beautifully photographed and designed reference work for the fungi fanatics. Anyone who loves mushrooms will enjoy it, though it is most suited for those whose passion includes mushroom hunting and collecting. However, this... Continue Reading →

Modern Potluck by Kristin Donnelly

I love cooking and have a special place in my heart for cooks who aren't afraid to try new things, so I fell in love with Modern Potluck: Beautiful Food to Share by Kristin Donnelly. I have a cooking blog and love... Continue Reading →

The Naked Cookbook by Tess Ware

Okay, so I rolled my eyes when I saw the large, bold text on the inside cover that read, "This transformative approach to clean eating features fresh, stripped-back recipes that will give you more energy, help you lose weight, and purify... Continue Reading →

Spritz by Talia Baiocchi & Leslie Pariseau

I am probably the worst person to review  a book on cocktails since I rarely drink and usually then I stick with something like gin & tonic or a shot of aquavit straight out of the freezer, but the beautiful... Continue Reading →

Still Here by Lara Vapnyar

Lara Vapnyar's Still Here is the story of four people who become friends in Moscow and continue their friendship after immigrating to New York City. Sergey and Vica are married with a child. Regina is married to an American named Bob,... Continue Reading →

The Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan

The Age of Myth is the first book in a new fantasy series by Michael J. Sullivan. The first in a pentalogy that reaches back some three thousand years before his other series, The Riyria Chronicles and The Riyria Revelations, separate from them, but of a... Continue Reading →

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