In Alex and Me
, a caged bird speaks! How much impact could a one-pound ball of feathers have on the world?
Alex and Irene have discovered a hidden world of animal intelligence and formed a deep bond in the process. Dr. Irene Pepperberg’s memoir of her 30 year collaboration with an African Gray parrot was written for the legions of Alex’s fans whose lives he and she touched with their ground-breaking work on animal communication.
Alex is a one-pound, three-dimensional force of nature. Mischievous and cocky, he gets also gets bored and frustrated. (And who wouldn’t, when asked to repeat tasks 60 times to ensure statistical significance?) He shouts out correct answers when his colleagues (other parrots) fail to produce them. If Irene greets another bird first in the morning, Alex sulks all day and refuses to cooperate. He demands food, toys, showers, a trip to his gym and a tickle!
It’s a bit early, but there are already hints of Spring. My husband has seedlings started under growlights, fueling our dreams of fresh tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, and peppers. In Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
, Barbara Kingsolver tells about her family attempting to live for a year on homegrown and local food. They garden, can, and raise chickens. As you can see in the picture, she even inspired my husband to invite a few friends over and make cheese! There are several books out on the subject of food, but no one else can write quite like Kingsolver. You can read this for the ideas, but you’ll enjoy the story along the way.
P.S. The cheese was yummy!
Okay, someone finally convinced me to read Sparks and I’m glad they did. If you like a gentle romance then you are sure to like A Walk to Remember. It’s an unlikely romance between the Preacher’s daughter and the Senator’s son. The Preacher and Senator don’t really like each other and have had family problems in the past. The Senator’s son joins in with everyone else to make fun of the Preacher and his daughter, but because the son wants to have an “easy” senior class, the daughter and son are put together to bring us to the unlikely ending. By the way, I’ve started another Sparks book, The Choice, and am enjoying it as well. Thanks Anne!!!
Listen to the news and all you hear is doom and gloom regarding the economy these days. If you want to put our current hard times in a better perspective and enjoy a great diversion, pick-up a copy of The Piano Teacher
Claire hardly knows her husband when she agrees to marry him and follow him in his government transfer to Hong Kong in 1952. She asks around for possible piano students and finds a position as teacher to Locket, the daughter of the wealthy Chen family. Will Truesdale, the Chen’s chauffer, begins an affair with Claire which leads to a revealing of his tortured past during World War II. The history of this city, characters that Janice Lee has created and life or death decisions which had to be made during wartime make this a very fine debut novel. Beware of the horrors of war.