December 21, 2009

Cherries in Winter by Suzan Colon: Review

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When Suzan Colon got laid off in 2008, she felt the need to tighten her belt and as her Nana said, "Put up soup." Suzan decided to dig out the old family recipes that helped get her foremothers through the tough times. The recipes and documents she finds peeks her curiosity about the woman behind yellowed typewritten words. With time on her hands, she asks her mother about Nana's life as a young woman and finds out that she and Nana had a lot in common.

Cherries in Winter is a quick read at 200 pages, which is a bonus. Although I liked the idea of this book and I found the stories of Nana's life interesting, I was never really attached to the author. Colon is a magazine writer and the book reads a lot like several articles to me. I found it hard to drum up sympathy for her compared to what her grandmother went through. And there are many more people in worse circumstances at the present time.

So I only thought it was an okay read. On the other hand, the cover is yummy!

Thanks to DoubleDay for the review copy.


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10 comments :

  1. Hmmmm....I had wanted to read this. Not sure that I will now though. Thanks for the review!

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  2. Stephanie- Well, lots of other people seemed to really like it. I felt like an oddball for not raving about it. I guess it just bothered me that some of her hardships were not being able to get $200 haircuts and shop at Whole Foods anymore.

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  3. From your comment I can see why it might have been hard to sympathize with her. But was there good food in the book? That;s the important question.

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  4. I'm like Nicole, I'm wondering if there are any good recipes included. Too bad the book doesn't live up to its potential.

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  5. Sorry this wasn't better for you. I finished it recently and liked it quite a bit.

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  6. For some reason, this book does just not appeal to me! I'm sorry you didn't love it, but at the same time, it makes me feel better that you didn't connect with it.

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  8. This book interests me (and, yes, the cover is yummy!). Thanks for the heads-up that it reads like a series of articles. I think I'll be OK with that, as long as I know it ahead of time, and aren't expecting the flow of a memoir.

    Did you learn enough about her Nana's story to keep it interesting, or did Colon try to hard to make their situations similar?

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  9. Dawn- Funny how I've already forgotten much of it! Nana's part of the story was the most interesting to me. Life at that time was very different.

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  10. I had ordered this book and will pick it up tomorrow. Can't wait to read it. LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT!!! Also read the book "One Man's wilderness" by Dick Proenneke from Iowa who moved to Twin Lakes, Alaska, designed and built a beautiful cabin and cache and thrived there in the wilderness for over 30 years!!! Great!!! Phoenix Racine, WI

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