It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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Hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by Tracie McMillan

This book is Nickled and Dimed meets Omnivore’s Dilemma.  The author worked undercover as a migrant field hand, in a WalMart produce department, and in an Applebee’s kitchen to investigate how food reaches us and the effect food prices have on the people who work in the system.

I Have Iraq in My Shoe: Misadventures of a Soldier of Fashion by Gretchen Berg

The author is deep in debt and newly unemployed when a friend from her stint teaching English in Korea calls with a job offer in Iraq.  She declines at first but the lure of tax free income proved irresistible.

Beijing Tai Tai: Life, laugher and motherhood in China’s capital by Tania McCartney

The author moved to Beijing from Australia with her husband and two preschool aged children. For three years they lived and worked in the capital of China.

This book is a series of essays about their lives and their struggles to adapt to China and then to adapt to the idea of going home.

Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d’Art by Christopher Moore

From Amazon “It is the color of the Virgin Mary’s cloak, a dazzling pigment desired by artists, an exquisite hue infused with danger, adventure, and perhaps even the supernatural. It is . . .
SacrÉ Bleu
In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his own life . . . and then walk a mile to a doctor’s house for help? Who was the crooked little “color man” Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue?
These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent’s friends—baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec—who vow to discover the truth about van Gogh’s untimely death. Their quest will lead them on a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the art world of late nineteenth-century Paris. “

I copied this description because the book is hard to describe. I read it because I love the author’s other books. I don’t know if I would have stuck with it otherwise. I ended up enjoying it. I really liked the fact that he wove pieces of art into the story and then showed pictures of the actual art. It did make me interested in reading some biographies of some of the Impressionists who were characters in this book.

Arranged by Catherine McKenzie

After yet another breakup Anne contacts a dating service. She doesn’t realize that instead of a dating service though, it is an arranged marriage broker. She agrees to go to Mexico to marry Jack before she meets him. it seems to be going well at first and then the trouble starts.

This was a nice light chick-lit read.