Recommended Reads: Book highlights Sir Winston’s Churchill’s other talent — painting

Sir Winston Churchill His Life and His Paintings, by David Coombs with Minnie Churchill “Many people don’t realize that Winston Churchill’s greatest pastime was painting,” says Minnie Churchill, who is the director of Churchill Heritage, and also is his great granddaughter-in-law. “He once wrote: ‘Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light…

Recommended Reads: A House In Fez

By Wendy Kendall A House In Fez, by Suzanna Clarke Are you planning a home remodel, perhaps summer garden landscaping or are you in the midst of some spring sprucing? You anticipate exciting results from your hard work.  Now add to these ambitious projects a few complications, like negotiating in foreign languages, cultural differences that…

Recommended Reads: ‘Fooling Houdini’ a magical tale

By Wendy Kendall “Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks and the Hidden Powers of the Mind” by Alex Stone There’s nothing up my sleeve but a recommendation for a spellbinding book. It all starts at the exciting Stockholm 2006 World Championships of Magic, also known as the Magic Olympics.  Alex Stone is competing for the…

Recommended Reads: ‘Last Train to Memphis’ traces life of Elvis Presley

By Wendy Kendall “Last Train to Memphis – The Rise of Elvis Presley” by Peter Guralnik I’m All Shook Up after reading this comprehensive biography about the rise of a young Elvis Presley. The writing is so vivid and the details so compelling, the character of Elvis and those around him really come to life….

Recommended Reads: John Grisham’s ‘Playing for Pizza’ a delight

By Wendy Kendall “Playing for Pizza,” by John Grisham Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy. –Bertrand Russell A rare venture into humorous, light fiction by John Grisham, this novel is a delight for anyone who is a fan of football, or Italy, or happiness….

Recommended Reads: ‘From Baghdad, With Love’ will touch your heart

By Wendy Kendall “From Baghdad, With Love” by Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman with Melinda Roth The power of love in unlikely places will surprise you and touch your heart. Puppy love can melt men’s hearts, and move bureaucracies to action. This is the true story of how one lost puppy touched the hearts of an…

Recommended Reads: Thereby Hangs a Tale… Cheryl Strayed’s ‘Wild’

Editor’s note: My Edmonds News is pleased to introduce this new column, “Recommended Reads.” By Wendy Kendall “Wild” is a story of transformation. It’s a story of how one person finds the strength to bear the unbearable. And the setting is the Pacific Crest Trail. After the author’s mother dies from cancer, she feels her…