I heard that A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg was a good read, so I decided to buy my own copy. But I was pleasantly surprised that it was and is a GREAT read. I now regret that I didn’t buy the hardbound copy of the book because my paperback is just ratty from being read and reread. I just finished reading it for the 3rd time, and I want to read it again and again and again. What is it about Miss Molly’s writing that I just can’t get enough of? What is it that makes the un-fangirl in me swoon?
I could relate with her story. I obviously enjoy stories that I can relate with like Frank Bruni’s Born Round. This one is special because she went through experiences I also somehow did come face to face with, such as:
- Growing up in a food loving family
- Appreciating and enjoying food made from scratch, which I think was largely influenced by my ingenious grandmother
- Going through “college (which) was just okay…(where) I never felt completely at home.” [Wizenberg, p. 97] – Please forgive my poor citation skills. It’s been a while.
- Making a long-distance relationship work (The Husband and I braved and survived a 3-year long distance relationship. Cool huh?)
Her words were so unpretentious and heartfelt that the first time I finished the book, I thought: “I want to be friends with this person because she seems such a genuine person.” Re-reading the book felt like getting a big bear hug, a big help for someone who gets sporadic bouts of loneliness from missing family and friends back home.
Am I sounding too creepy now? I think I am.
“A Homemade Life” gave me a sense of the familiar: the warmth the being with family who loves you unconditionally, while here in a strange foreign land, where The Husband is my only family. I truly am grateful to Miss Molly for her beautiful words that’s why, in true fangirl fashion, I sent her a tweet to express my thanks.
And to my great surprise, she replied to the tweet! Of course, again, in creepy fangirl fashion, I had to immortalize it in a screenshot here:
Out of all her Twitter followers in the world, she replied to MEEEEEEEEEEE! *faint* Now THAT made my day. Sigh.
To you, dear Miss Molly, goodluck on your second book! I know you can do it! I’m so looking forward to get my hands on a copy when it comes out soon…*hugs*
Sorry for being such a fangirl. Pathetic eh?
Delirious about delicious,
P.S. You can read more of Molly Wizenberg at Orangette, her blog which started it all.
P.P.S. Catch up on my Project 30 (just because I am now officially 30):
- Japanese Kewpie Mayonnaise
- Cheat day during diet spells
- Iced tea
- Trying new (and not so new) food
- Blogging and Food blogs
- Food Traditions
- Foodie Fridates
- Frank Bruni’s Born Round
- Filipino Breakfast
- Top Chef TV Show
- Chili Con Carne
- Spanish Sardines
- Mila’s Tokwa’t Baboy
- Taho in a cup
- Pipino Vegetarian Restaurant
- Arroz ala Cubana
- Aling Rita’s Isaw stall
- Milk Tea