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Arlene S. Bice Author Of Running with the Horses: A Memoir of Travel, Racetracks, & Foods
By Arlene S. Bice

Who am I?

I firmly believe we each have a unique story to tell, to record in order to help others and to record a history. I love the ordinary person who lives an extraordinary life. So many people don’t realize how wonderful they are. It is also cathartic to write your story, in doing so you forgive others as you forgive yourself for decisions poorly made.


I wrote...

Running with the Horses: A Memoir of Travel, Racetracks, & Foods

By Arlene S. Bice,

Book cover of Running with the Horses: A Memoir of Travel, Racetracks, & Foods

What is my book about?

I was a novice at the beginning of this racing journey and not greatly knowledgeable when it ended. But it was fun and encompassed so much more than horse racing. I picked a few winners too, mostly by being devoted to the feminine entering the field of jockeys. They were like a bud bursting into a flower at springtime. I also followed my instinct for the long shots and the racing form for the lesser payoff of favorites. These were pre-internet years when information was not readily available at my fingertips. Going to racetracks to watch the horses run were weekly trips between travels to Australia, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Tahiti, Canada, and the USA.

The books I picked & why

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Taste: My Life Through Food

By Stanley Tucci,

Book cover of Taste: My Life Through Food

Why this book?

Stanley Tucci makes this book personal. He connects to any reader that loves the world of cooking and entertaining friends at his table and who loves to travel, too. He takes the reader into his personal life, not just memories of his good times, but his errors, too. He’s honest. He’s intriguing, letting you know who he truly is. He loves his life, all of it, and he passes that love onto you.

Taste: My Life Through Food

By Stanley Tucci,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Taste as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

THE NO.1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

A Guardian book of the year
A Times book of the year
A Daily Mail book of the year

From award-winning actor and food obsessive Stanley Tucci comes an intimate and charming memoir of life in and out of the kitchen. For Stanley and foodie fans, this is the perfect, irresistible gift.

'It's impossible to read this without becoming ravenous!' -- Nigella Lawson

'It is as infectious as it is delicious, as funny as it is insightful. The only reason to put this book down, is to go cook and eat from it' -- Heston…


The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence,

Book cover of The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

Why this book?

The author has a passion for his life and choices. He cares enough to take risks and he shares His feeling with you, pulling you into the dangers and pleasures of living. I have no interest in Africa or its history but Spence showed me a wonderful way of living differently with courage and promise.

The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence,

Why should I read it?

6 authors picked The Elephant Whisperer as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.…


The Bird and the Fish: Memoir of a Temporary Marriage

By Miriam Valmont,

Book cover of The Bird and the Fish: Memoir of a Temporary Marriage

Why this book?

This all-American woman loved an Iranian student 25 years her junior. Her story takes you on an adventure, sparing no details of the emotional roller coaster ride, even learning his language. They created a bridge between East and West. She immersed herself to see life and Iranian customs through his eyes, willing herself to understand, hoping to influence him with American ways. Reading her story you will witness an extraordinary marriage and wonder if you could ever possibly do the same.

The Bird and the Fish: Memoir of a Temporary Marriage

By Miriam Valmont,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Bird and the Fish as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Afshin, a captivating Iranian graduate student, rents a room in Miriam Valmont’s home. Landlady and tenant share an immediate and fast-growing attraction, despite the fact that Miriam is twice Afshin’s age. When Afshin proposes a temporary Islamic marriage, Miriam readily agrees, driven by desire and curiosity. What shocks her, though, is the role Afshin invites her to play at the end of the marriage so that he, as a Muslim, can continue to express affection. The Bird and the Fish is the story of two people with radically different lives who find a way to honor a passionate love.


Snapshots: Memories and Recipes

By Sandra Martin,

Book cover of Snapshots: Memories and Recipes

Why this book?

Martin’s snaps are words from the life she lived growing up on a Bracey, Virginia farm to Virginia Beach to Manhattan, New York to time spent across country, around the world, and back to holding events in the Dairy Barn on the farm. Her adventures in the big cities as a literary agent and executive producer for television are balanced between recipes from her passion for cooking for friends.

Dreams play a major role as she executive produces the series The Power of Dreams for the Discovery Channel, interviewing names that every household recognizes.

Martin is a woman who has lived a fascinating life by making things happen, by following her intuition, listening to her dreams, and doesn’t mind talking about it. This is a fabulous read that will inspire others to go ahead, step out, and take a chance on life. I love this book!

Snapshots: Memories and Recipes

By Sandra Martin,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Snapshots as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Author Sandra Martin shares these stories which are fundamentally about the bones of her life; the structure from which she has built her life; her goals, her spiritual search, and her career.

Praise for Snapshots: Memories and Recipes

“Sandra Martin’s collection of vignettes from her remarkable life feels like the sun – whole worlds have revolved around her in a perfectly natural way. Riveting, engrossing, and delightful.” Dean Radin, Ph.D., Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS)

Have you ever taken your deep, vague spiritual yearnings to the bookstore aisle and found one volume of wisdom that spoke…


Miles in My Shoes, Years at My Side

By Patrick J. Smith,

Book cover of Miles in My Shoes, Years at My Side

Why this book?

This fascinating memoir, written in journal style of all the highly unusual, paranormal incidents that have happened to the author from the time he was a youngster. It is a chronicle of the many supernatural events experienced by one ordinary man, a former deputy sheriff. Time after time, a divine power intervenes to heal and save him, leaving him a stunned witness to his own salvation. This unusual story reaffirms my faith in the unseen and the 6th sense not everyone has.

Miles in My Shoes, Years at My Side

By Patrick J. Smith,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Miles in My Shoes, Years at My Side as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

How one man endured the hardships of poverty, illness, and numerous life-threatening events and yet came to know peace through God's grace.


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