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Book Review: Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice

Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice is a young adult horror novel originally published in April 1997.  Marnie and her cousin Peter drive up to the mansion that Marnie's father rented for the summer ahead of her father.  When the cousins arrive at the mansion called Stonycraig and settle in, Marnie is nervous because she thought she saw a shadow in one of the windows.  Then, she starts hearing a woman crying late at night.  Are the stories about Stonycraig being haunted true? This is a book I originally read as a teenager, and I remember being impressed by the storyline and writing.  I recently decided to reread it as an adult to see if it was as good as I remembered.  I have to say it was phenomenal.  Well-written and unputdownable.   Even though there were parts that came back to me as I made my way through Music From The Dead , I still found it to be perfectly eerie and creepy.  There was even a little bit of romance but nothing inappropriate for a tween or teen.  The only com

Book Review: Roasting in Hell's Kitchen: Temper Tantrums, F Words, and the Pursuit of Perfection by Gordon Ramsay

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Roasting in Hell's Kitchen: Temper Tantrums, F Words, and the Pursuit of Perfection by Gordon Ramsay takes a mind-blowing look into the life of Gordon Ramsay. From his tough childhood to his father's alcoholism and brother's heroin addition to a failed soccer career, you'll learn what made Gordon Ramsay the chef he is today.

Several years ago, I stumbled on to a reality show on the Fox Network called Hell's Kitchen, which was in the middle of its third season. There was nothing else on television so I wanted to see what this "new" show was all about, and I immediately fell in love with it. Much to my surprise, it had two previous seasons. (I still don't know how I hadn't heard about this show before then.) 

From there, I fell in love with the show Kitchen Nightmares, 24 Hours to Hell and Back, and all things Gordon Ramsay. When he came out with his autobiography, Roasting in Hell's Kitchen: Temper Tantrums, F Words, and the Pursuit of Perfection, I knew I had to buy the book and read it.

One of the things I was most surprised about was that Ramsay was born in Scotland, not England and grew up in poverty. The other being that he was on track to having a soccer career until he tore some cartilage in his knee that kept him from going further with it. It was also interesting to learn that he worked in a French restaurant without knowing a word of French! I was shocked to learn how his father struggled with alcoholism and violence, and the way he treated everyone was horrifying. 

I have to say I have a new found respect of Gordon Ramsay with all he had to go through in his childhood. I don't want to give too much away, but Roasting in Hell's Kitchen:  Temper Tantrums, F Words, and the Pursuit of Perfection is well worth the read and getting to know Ramsay behind the television persona that has been created . . . everything isn't always what it seems. I gave it four out of five stars.

If you liked Roasting in Hell's Kitchen:  Temper Tantrums, F Words, and the Pursuit of Perfection, then you'll like Here's the Story:  Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice by Maureen McCormick.

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