Book Review: Salt and Saffron by Kamila Shamsie


Around The World For a Good Book selection for: Pakistan Author: Kamila Shamsie Title: Salt and Saffron Publication Info: Bloomsbury USA (2000) ISBN: 1582340935 Summary/Review: This contemporary novel tells the story of Aliya, a Pakistani woman of an aristocratic family who becomes reacquainted with family members – first in London and then in Karachi –…

Book Review: Outposts by Simon Winchester


Author: Simon Winchester Title: Outposts: Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire (2005, originally published 1984) Publication Info:D 4449(6) Harper Audio ISBN: 0060797185 Previously read by the same author: The Professor and the Madman Krakatoa The Meaning of Everything The Map That Changed the World A Crack in the Edge of the World…

Concert Review: Butterflyfish


On Saturday, June 27th we saw the new band Butterflyfish at the Wellesley Village Church.  We were enticed by a listserv description of the band that plays a mix of folks, gospel, bluegrass, and country (and reggae, not mentioned in the invite) targeted to children and families: There is an underlying theme of spirituality –…

Seashore Trolley Museum


As a Father’s Day treat, Susan & Peter took me to the Seashore Trolley Museum in Arundel, ME.  Admission was free for Dads with their children and Peter was free himself by virtue of being under five. Click for complete gallery of Seashore Trolley Museum photos. There are two surprising things about the Museum that…

Beer Review: Peak Organic Pomegranate Wheat Ale


Beer:  Pomegranate Wheat Ale with Acai Brewer: Peak Organic Brewing Co. Source: 12 oz. bottle Rating: ** (6.5 of 10) Comments: It’s organic!  It has pomegranate!  It has acai!  Holy moley, there’s a lot of novelty to this beer! Luckily, it also has a good flavor as all the elements are well-balanced (there’s corriander spice…

Meme: iTunes/mp3 library


Via Wordishness Number of Songs: 12,267 Number of Albums: 1223 Most Recently Played Song: “Run Run Away” – Slade Most Played Song: “Wind and Rain” – Crooked Still Most Recently Added Album: Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music – Ray Charles First Song Alphabetically: “A-Punk” – Vampire Weekend Last Song Alphabetically: “Zooropa” – U2…

The Flat is Where It’s At!


If a Jamaica Pond tour isn’t enough for one weekend, head to Charles/MGH station on Sunday June 28th as Boston By Foot presents the Tour of the Month, The Flat of Beacon Hill.  This special tour will focus on the lesser known and once unfashionable area built on made land along the Charles River.  Stepping…

FREE Tour of Jamaica Pond on Saturday!


The Jamaica Plain Historical Society debuts its newest neighborhood tour of Jamaica Pond this Saturday, June 27th at 11 am.  The 90-minute walking tour will discuss the residential, industrial, and recreational history of this scenic gem.  The tour departs from the bandstand near the intersection of Pond Street and Jamaicaway, and yours truly will be…

Book Reviews: Company of Liars by Karen Maitland


Author: Karen Maitland Title: Company of Liars Publication Info: Delacorte Press (2008) ISBN: 978-0385341691 Summary/Review: Set in Medieval England just as the deadly pestilence is landing on the shores of that island nation, Company of Liars follows the travels of a group of nine who band together for safety as the first hope to find…

Book Review: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran


Around The World For a Good Book selection for: Lebanon Author: Kahlil Gibran Title: The Prophet Publication Info: Alfred A. Knopf (1973), Edition: 91st.  Originally published 1923. ISBN: 394404289 Summary/Review: I selected The Prophet as an Around the World For A Good Book choice for Lebanon but really I’ve been meaning to read this book…