Monday, June 23, 2008

TASHA TUDOR 1915-2008

Legendary children's book illustrator and writer Tasha Tudor died last week at the age of 92. Her family has set up a Memorial site on which fans can comment on how she touched their lives.

The Elk Grove Village Library has copies of many of her books, including:
Corgiville Fair
A Time to Keep: The Tasha Tudor Book of Holidays (J 394.269 TUD)
The Dolls' Christmas
1 Is One
Pumpkin Moonshine
A is for Annabelle

There is a charming VHS recording about Christmas at her rustic Vermont farm as well:
Take Peace: A Corgi Cottage Christmas with Tasha Tudor (J 394.2663 TAK)

Monday, June 16, 2008


In the last year or so, I've read a few memoirs, mostly cooking related--one leading to another--some with recipes, some not: Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential (641.5092 BOU), Susan Hermann Loomis'On Rue Tatin, Madeleine Kamman's When French Women Cook, and I've started Julie Powell's Julie and Julia (641.5092 POW). Memoirs seem to be more personal, more intimate than standard biographies or even autobiographies, and are usually limited to just a part of the narrator's life, not all of it. While sometimes controversial (usually because of "fictionalization"), most memoirs provide relatively short, readable experiences, just right for summer.

For anyone interested in this type of reading, has compiled an extensive list of suggested memoirs written since 1995, arranged by type, So You Want to Write a Memoir?. [via Reader’s Advisor Online Blog]