Books & Brews: The Theory of Opposites / Ommegang Three Philosophers

Two of my favorite things in the world are books and craft beer.  Out of this grew the idea that maybe pairings aren’t just for the table anymore; perhaps there is a perfect beer for every book . . .

Allison Winn Scotch is one of my favorite authors and I am always excited for anything new from her, so I was thrilled when The Theory of Opposites came out late last year!

The novel opens with the main character, Willa, losing her job.  Days later, her husband decides he needs a break from their marriage, but not before committing both himself and Willa to a long-term visit from their teenage nephew, Nicky.  As if that isn’t enough, Continue reading

Books & Brews: Jagged Hearts / Starr Hill Double Platinum

Two of my favorite things in the world are books and craft beer.  Out of this grew the idea that maybe pairings aren’t just for the table anymore; perhaps there is a perfect beer for every book . . .

This is an especially exciting installment of Books & Brews because it’s about not only beer and books, but also rock n’ roll.  I recently read the first installment in Lashell Collins’ Jagged Ivory series, Jagged Hearts. Continue reading

Books & Brews: The Gastronomy of Marriage / James Bean

Two of my favorite things in the world are books and craft beer.  Out of this grew the idea that maybe pairings aren’t just for the table anymore; perhaps there is a perfect beer for every book . . .

I knew I was going to love Michelle Maisto’s memoir, The Gastronomy of Marriage, as soon as I saw its cover prominently featuring two bright yellow summer squash, entwined at the neck.  And yes, I realize that we are not to judge books in this manner, but seriously . . . squash, hugging.  How can that not be awesome (unless, of course, you dislike squash or hugs).  Continue reading

Books & Brews: The House on Teacher’s Lane / Noble Rot

Two of my favorite things in the world are books and craft beer.  Out of this grew the idea that maybe pairings aren’t just for the table anymore; perhaps there is a perfect beer for every book . . .

About eight years ago, my husband and I bought the first floor of an old parking deck and renovated it into the space we now call home.  Recently, a friend recommended Rachel Simon’s memoir,  The House on Teacher’s Lane, because she saw striking similarities between the author and her husband and my husband and I.  It was a bit eerie.  Simon is a writer who also teaches at a college.  Her husband is an architect.  I write and teach.  My husband, while not an architect, did attend a summer architecture program at Colombia University and just generally has an amazing eye for design.  Simon captures this dynamic between two people who are creative in such vastly different ways, perfectly.  I can see entire worlds with characters moving through them in my head, but ask me to imagine all the baseboards in my house painted a certain color, and I’m at a loss.  Continue reading