Saturday, April 29, 2017

Did Goya Go Organic?

After over a decade of hoping that some of my beloved food brands would offer better for you, low sodium and organic options of their products, I was really excited - like way too thrilled, to be honest - to discover that Goya has started offering both options on their canned beans products.

On a recent grocery shopping trip, I was looking for canned beans to puree for my infant son and found these:


How awesome! 

Now I can truly nourish my son, nutritionally and culturally. 

Thank you for listening to us, Goya!

Friday, April 28, 2017

#FridayReads: The Leavers by Lisa Ko

The Leavers by Lisa Ko 

Book description:

“The Leavers is courageous, sensitive, and perfectly of this moment.” —Barbara Kingsolver 

 An emotionally harrowing debut novel that explores assimilation and loss, immigration and homeland, independence and connection. 

One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.

Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging. It’s the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away--and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past.

This powerful debut is the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice.

 About the Author 

Lisa Ko’s fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, Narrative, Copper Nickel, the Asian Pacific American Journal, and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Writers OMI at Ledig House, the Jerome Foundation, and Blue Mountain Center, among others. A founding coeditor of Hyphen and a fiction editor at Drunken Boat, Ko was born in Queens and lives in Brooklyn.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Library Apps for Book Lovers

Slowly, over the past decade, I have come over to the dark side and became a reader of eBooks. It happened slowly but it surely happened. I think it's more a convenience and practical thing for in my heart of hearts, I still dream of bookshelves and cozy reading nooks where I can inhale the warm woody, vanilla-ish scent of book leaves turning brittle over time.



While on maternity leave last year, I started reading again and discovered that somehow I had never looked into borrowing books online. I was baffled by how I had never thought to do this before but I am ecstatic at how much easier some of these apps have made keeping myself on track to read every day:

 OverDrive Media Console


Hands down, this is The top free app! It allows you to access libraries worldwide, check out audiobooks, eBooks, stream films and request books. All you need is a valid library card. It does have a few kinks but it does the job effectively.

Kindle

I use my Kindle app in conjuction with most of reading apps like OverDrive to customize my reading experience. In addition as an Amazon Prime member with Kindle Unlimited, I have access to troves of books and free magazines as well.

Bluefire Reader 

Because sometimes I review unpublished ebooks, I need an app that can support these formats. Bluefire helps make this easier too.

Do you use any of these?
 
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