How To Cook A Wolf by MFK Fisher

Of all the books in my "wolf" category this was the book I looked forward to the most. MFK Fisher is esteemed to almost goddess like status as both a cook and a cookbook author. This book was written to encourage those daunted by wartime shortages in England in the aftermath of WWII. Making something out of near nothing. Effective use of leftovers, cheap cuts of meat, trying to use up all ingredients in pantry and frig, etc. 

I don't want to disparage this book. I did not live through WWII in England or its immediate aftermath so I don't understand or relate to the English sensibilites of that time. L was really dismayed that I didn't like this book--indeed it was one of the very few books that I haven't been able to heroically stick through to the bitter end. There is just something about the Post WWII English "housewife" that I simiply can't relate with--I experienced the same when ploughing through "The Provincial Lady" series of books.

it is my issue not the issue of these authors. I just had hoped to like her writing as much as I enjoy her contemporary Julia Child.

Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck

The cold depths of Sweden in 1717, blizzards, murders, evil priests, wolves, and a meddling newcomer make for a frigid read best done curled up in a blanket with a cup of something warm by your side. No spoilers but I am glad that the ending is as gray as the subject matter.

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

I really liked this book and it's setting in what is now a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. An young adult book, told through the eyes of Annabelle, a tale of courage and kindness set in the immediate aftermath of WWII. It was reading time well spent.

Her Last Breath by Dan Padavona (A Wolf Lake Thriller)

I liked this book as I read it--indeed I could hardly put it down. Alas it was read as an escape during foggy times (drama and trauma IRL) so I have very little memory of the plot. I'm definitely going to read the next book and hopefully most of the details of this one will float back into the forefront of my brain.

The Silversmith by Jeff Carson (David Wolf #2)

My second outing with David Wolf and I wish I liked it more--I found the story a little convoluted and confusing. I will give this series one more try--because there is much to like about these characters--but if it is another strike then he's out.

A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs

A real life memoir and as it turns out a prequel to the author's more famous book (Running with Scissors). Dark and haunting. The author re-creates his childhood growing with a sociopathic and cruel father and his mentally unstable mother. Compelling reading.

Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

I don't read a lot of Ms. Picoult as I find her books to be a little too melodramatic for my taste. A book that revolves around the decision of whether or not to pull the plug. A father's obsession with wolves often at the expense of family. Plus many family secrets. It was a sursprisingly good read. 

Foreign Deceit by Jeff Carson (A David Wolf Mystery)

This was a good read and a good start to a series. The characters are interesting and likeable. Wasn't expecting to like the sudden story departure to Italy as David Wolf went off to investigate his brother's sudden death. Looking forward to reading the second in the series.

Wolf Lake by John Verdon

I got this book because it fit in with my Wolf Out category. It was a good fast paced read. A little over violent and the plot was a little far fetched. I think I would have appreciated it more if I had read the series in order instead of reading the #5 outing first.

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