Book Review: Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg

For the sake of transparency, I was a budding fan of Pete Buttigieg before reading his book, “Shortest Way Home, One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future,” published by Liveright Publishing Corporation, New York, New York © 2019. I wanted to better know and understand this person who is running as a candidate for the position of President of the United States.

Shortest Way HOmePete Buttigieg is currently serving his second term as mayor of South Bend, Indiana. As described from the book jacket, Pete Buttigieg is a Rhodes Scholar and Navy veteran. He was educated at Harvard and Oxford. Before serving as mayor, he worked as a consultant at McKinsey, a management consulting firm specializing in “diverse talent, cutting-edge thinking, and accelerating business growth” per the firm’s website. Pete lives with his husband, Chasten Glezman Buttigieg in South Bend, Indiana with their rescue dogs, Truman and Buddy.

Already this gentleman has an impressive background for this reader and for transparency purposes, Independent voter.

Even if you are a reader who is not politically motivated, but enjoy memoirs, this book is for you too. Mr. Buttigieg writes beautifully. He takes you into his world of coming into his own and a city coming out of the devastating loss of industry. The reader can see through his eyes new opportunities for hope in a divisive country. Pete humbly and honestly shares the story of himself and of America particularly the Midwest.

This book is under the literary category of city planning and urban development. But I read this book as a memoir and I am typically hesitant of the truthfulness and accuracy of memoirs. Yet, I must admit I cannot help believe Pete Buttigieg when shares the story of his interactions with then Governor, Michael Pence. He approaches everyone including Michael Pence with the honest and earnest attempt to understand and meet the other person where they have shared values.

As someone raised in Michigan near the automotive capital of the world, I read this book with the hope of a younger generation who appreciates and understands both the cultural and economic history of this country. After reading this book, I believe Pete gets it. He is a humble, intelligent, young man who has served not only the residents of South Bend, Indiana but the citizens of the United States.

Could his story be the blueprint for possibly healing our fractured country?

This book did hold a surprise for me. I won’t share it with you because I believe that everyone should read this book and continue to follow the rise of this young political star. However, I will give you a clue. This book brought me to literal tears in more than one way. Pete Buttigieg is not the only star in this book. My new hero is Sherri Glezman (I feel tears as I write these words even now.)

Lastly, how can you not like a guy who rescues dogs? I always say, I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like animals.

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This book receives a resounding 5 Hoot Rating from The Blogging Owl.

“Shortest Way Home, One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future,” by Pete Buttigieg.

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Book Review: The Lost Vintage, written by Ann Mah

Looking for a good book for your next beach vacation?

Ann Mah, food and travel writer has written a fiction novel, The Lost Vintage, © 2018 published by William Morrow, An Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, New York, NY.

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As a food and travel writer living in both Washington, D.C. and Paris, France, Mah’s knowledge of France and French wines lend credibility to her writing.

“Told with elegance and deep compassion, The Lost Vintage is an unforgettable tale about balancing the ideals of courage with the harsh realities of survival, sustaining love for family in the face of shattering disappointment, and reconciling the deeds of the past with the values of the present.” – from the book jacket, The Lost Vintage.

While this is a work of fiction, the story reflects on the harsh reality of survival in WWII in France during the Nazi occupation and one family’s discovery of their ancestor’s involvement in the resistance and collaboration with the Nazi’s.

The Lost Vintage – les gouttes d’or “Drops of Gold”

Kate, who has built a career as a sommelier in San Francisco is studying for the Master of Wine examination for the third and final attempt. If she wants to advance her career, she must pass the examination, but has carefully avoided Burgundy vintages – some of the best wines her family has been making for generations. She returns to France to help her cousin, Nico and his wife, Heather with the annual harvest and to brush up her knowledge of Burgundy wines. There, she and Heather stumbles upon a hidden cave underneath the estate while cleaning the basement. In the cave is a remarkable inventory of vintage wines dating back prior to the start of WWII. The wine is worth a fortune. But why has it been kept hidden? Who knows of its’ existence?

The Journals of Helene Marie Charpin

The author takes the reader back in time to Kate’s ancestors, particularly, Helene Marie Charpin who they do not want to believe was a collaborator with the Nazi’s. After all, no living relative will speak of Helene. What happened to Helene? Was she part of the resistance or a collaborator? Did she survive the war? Kate becomes consumed with finding out the truth about her ancestors. Yet the deadline for her to return to San Francisco to continue her studies for her final attempt to pass the Masters of Wine exam is fast approaching.

Not only does the author, Ann Mah take the reader on a fascinating journey in history, but weaves together hard truths about family, self and country. Readers who love history, mystery, love stories, and wine will want to read The Lost Vintage. It is a book the reader will not want to put down! Ann Mah is masterful in her telling the tale of Helene.

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The Lost Vintage, by author, Ann Mah receives a 5-Hoot Rating on a scale of 1 to 5.5 Hoot Rating

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3-in-1 Book Review: Healthy 2019

If you have followed this blog over the years, you know of my pursuit to lose weight and my goal to become healthy in mind, body, and spirit.

Every doctor and medical professional over the past few years points out to me even before sitting down in their little rally-stool that I am fat. Some have even used the “O” word, obese. Then their immediate go-to next phrase (not a really a question) is, “have you considered weight loss surgery?” None of them have wanted to review my diet journal and literally snickered at my walking regime. So fuck’em.

Anyone over a single digit dress size is considered obese by the medical profession, big Pharma and clothing manufacturers.

Last week as I had my first visit with an orthopedist, I got the jump on the situation, fairly or unfairly, without giving the doctor a fair chance. “It’s nice to meet you,” I say, “but I have three things to share with you before we begin.” Without one word, the nice, young, Harvard-educated doctor sat on his rolly-stool and hesitantly said, “okay.”

Yes, I am fat. You don’t need to tell me the obvious. Yes, I know my weight plays a part in what I am here to discuss, but tell me something I don’t know. And three, no, I emphatically will not consider weight loss surgery,” I said.

Enough with the fat-shaming

I recently read an article, “Everything You Know About Obesity is Wrong” by Michael Hobbes. For many this article is an eye-opener, however, for me, I understand the pain of the women’s stories in this article. I encourage all to read and consider the stigma put on overweight people. Over the last few years, I have almost given up. Yet, I still wanted to learn what was causing me to gain weight no matter how little I ate or how much I exercised. My research led me to the following book.

obesity-code-300Book Review 1: “The Obesity Code – Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss” written by Jason Fung, MD

The book, “The Obesity Code – Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss” written by Jason Fung, MD published in 2016 by Greystone Books, British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Jason Fung is a nephrologist and is the founder of the Intensive Dietary Management Program for treating patients with Type 2 Diabetes and obesity.

In his book, I learned that Type 2 Diabetes is the single most common cause of kidney failure and kidney dialysis treats only the final symptoms of the underlying disease. Even more astounding as I read about his work with Type 2 Diabetes is that the disease was present 20 to perhaps 50 years in these patients. Dr. Fung set out the actual cause of obesity.

In my opinion, what is revolutionary about Dr. Fung’s book, The Obesity Code is that he examines the anthropology of what, how and when we eat food. His entire research is backed by human studies not studies performed on mice.

In the Introduction of the book, he writes, “We are not mice. We are not rats. We are not chimpanzees or spider monkeys. We are human beings, and therefore we should consider only human studies.”

The Obesity Code is a fascinating book by a compassionate doctor who teaches the reader why our body’s own insulin is the key to controlling our weight. This book is heavily annotated, and all his research is indexed. I love his no nonsense writing style as he gets down to the facts – not assumptions to why people are obese and the difficulty in managing weight. I was so impressed with his book, The Obesity Code, I immediately purchased his book, The Complete Guide to Fasting” also published in 2016 by Victoria Publishing, Las Vegas, Nevada.

complete guideBook Review 2: “The Complete Guide to Fasting” written by Jason Fung, MD with Jimmy Moore

The Complete Guide to Fasting is about how to heal the body through intermittent, alternate-day, and extended fasting.

I know what you are thinking.  I initially thought the same thing, “For the love of scotch! I can’t do that! I will be a raving, hangry lunatic.”

Seriously, I think I can do it. Why? This book is filled with honest people who have struggled and explain the truth of their weight management journey. It is not only a how-to but a why-to manual. These weight loss storytellers speak forthrightly their attempts, failures and perseverance. Everyone’s journey is different as is mine and yours too. It is a complete guide to expectations, pitfalls, and how to manage whatever fasting regime the reader decides is appropriate for their individual lifestyle.

“Intermittent fasting is weight loss surgery without the surgery and the complications from surgery.”

Can I be a fasting All-Star success story in 2019? Why not? Dr. Fung’s books have given me the scientific research that the medical profession, food manufacturers, and big Pharma haven’t given me or simply, won’t give me, as well as, the compassionate guidelines on how to help me manage my weight. I may initially fail at this intermittent fasting approach, but all I need do is re-read the fasting success stories to keep me motivated to persevere.

GF cookbookBook Review 3: America’s Test Kitchen, “The How can it be Gluten Free Cookbook”

My third book review is on America’s Test Kitchen, “The How can it be Gluten Free Cookbook,” edited and distributed by America’s Test Kitchen, Brookline, MA. My husband, Vinny Sal is the cook and baker in the house. He loves watching all the foodie cable shows, particularly the cable show, America’s Test Kitchen. America’s Test Kitchen has tried thousands of recipes and developed new techniques in cooking gluten-free.

“Our Test Kitchen doesn’t settle for second best. Why Should you? – Giving up gluten doesn’t mean you have to give up the dishes you love, or make do with second-rate accommodations.”

Since my youngest son and I have high food sensitivities and food allergies, this recipe book has become Vinny Sal’s go to for gluten-free recipes and techniques. The book provides a generous portion of basics in gluten-free cooking. There is so much to love about this gluten-free recipe book, especially the gluten-free flour blend that helps convert everyone’s favorite comfort food into gluten-free favorites – pastas, breads, desserts – you name it.

We LOVE this recipe book. If you read Dr. Fung’s books, you may also want to consider going gluten-free. Many people have intestinal issues which can often be the result from the changes in the farming production and manufacturing of our current wheat products.

All three books receive a 5-Hoot Rating!

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The Obesity Code – Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss, written by Jason Fung, MD

The Complete Guide to Fasting – Heal Your Body through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting, written by Jason Fung, MD with Jimmy Moore.

The How Can it be Gluten-Free Cookbook – Revolutionary Techniques, Groundbreaking Recipes developed, edited, and distributed by America’s Test Kitchen.

Happy and Healthy New Year!

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