Tag Archives: Photography

‘Still Life with Bread Crumbs’ by Anna Quindlen

Still Life with Bread CrumbsstarstarstarRebecca Winter is a famous New York photographer who finds herself staying out in the woods in a run down cottage in the middle of the night, listening to a raccoon that has been caught in a trap in the attic, set by the local roofer/handyman. Leaving the rhythms of Manhattan and past relationships behind, she discovers a new and vastly different life in an unlikely place, doing things she never would have imagined, and of course finding the love she had never counted on.

This was an enjoyable light, intelligent novel, somewhat predictable but with a nice understated tone that I really enjoyed and with enough intriguing developments to keep up the interest level. Quindlen’s writing is far from cliché and I find her writing refreshing and original. It was a lovely story to sink into and get lost in. A great summer read!

‘You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes’ by Chris Hadfield

You Are HerestarstarstarstarMaybe it’s the proximity of my house to Heathrow but the speed at which we can hop and bop around the world amazes me. London in the morning, Hong Kong at bedtime. Dubai for dinner,  Los Angeles for lunch. But circling the globe in 92 minutes aboard the International Space Station, definitely takes the jet setting cake.

Chris Hadfield, Canadian and author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, has produced a whimsical annotated scrapbook that is actually a unique geography and art lesson. With the perspective that emerged from Hadfield’s sojourn in space, he presents a beautiful picture book that is both a commentary on human life and a visual essay on the awesome wonders of creation.

‘You are Here’ is a quirky reversal of what we earthlings do when we try to find images in the clouds. Hadfield has a creative eye and a sense of humour that makes this collection of unique photographs a lively addition to any coffee table. A great gift idea.