Monday, March 8, 2010
Maus II and Cook This Not That: Kitchen Survival Guide
After spending way to much time reading The Sweet Far Thing, it hasn't taken much time for me to catch up and be right on track for March. Since my post last night I have read TWO books!!!! They were easy and fast reads but it still counts! First, I read Maus II this is an autobiographical/biographical graphic novel by Art Spiegelman. This is the second in a set ( the first being Maus) focusing on Spiegelman's relationship with his elderly father and him interviewing his father about his time in Nazi Germany, before, during and after the war. He was a Jewish. He tells the story thorough the face of animals; Jews=Mice, Germans=Cats, American=Dogs and French=Frogs. How very Fitting.
I liked the way he told this story, there are so many holocaust survivor stories out there and because it's a graphic novel it's different. You don't just visualize the story but you see it through the panels. I have include an example to the left, this page is showing what his father when through when first arriving at Auschwitz, did I mention that he was a survivor of Auschwitz? This book as well as the first in the collection are, I think, good ways of reading about the Holocaust and what people really went through. I wouldn't recommending it for anyone younger than 12-13 because it can be graphic and doesn't hold back. It's also not for the faint of heart! However, I still like it and plan on reading both stories again one day. These books get 5 stars of 5!
On a Lighter note, I also read Cook This, Not That: Kitchen Survival Guide by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding. This book was a real eye opener about what you might be eating and not really knowing what's in it. This is mostly a cook book and shows you how to get the most out of your food without all the calories. One of my favorite features of this book is how it compares the restaurant food with with a similar recipes that you can cook at home. In most cases it saves you over 500 calories!!! Whoa! This is one of a series and I plan on reading the others as well including Eat This, Not That ( the original), Eat This, Not That:Supermarket Survival Guide and Drink This, Not That. Hopefully, these will be just as informative and helpful. I plan to buy this book and use it often. 5 of 5 stars.