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Books and Pie

I'm halfway through Brent Crawford's CARTER FINALLY GETS IT and I totally love it. When I'm reading it in public, my body shakes with "silent but violent" laughter ... which is a spin on a different kind of silent-but-violent affliction that Carter suffers in the book. The running monologue in Carter's head is just as delicious as pie.

One of my teen reader friends has been dutifully working her way through the reading list for her IB English class next year - and they're all such Depressing Literary Works that I can't wait to recommend this book to her as a funny alternative.

Look at these GORGEOUS cherries! Don't they look like they're begging to die as pie?



The pie itself is kind of a jumble ... but it still tastes mighty good. Doesn't that crust look flaky? Mmm ... yes, I thank the Albertsons people for their handy Deep Dish Fill-and-Bake pie crusts!

Now if only Warrant's "She's My Cherry Pie" would get out of my head!!

P.S. Oh! Helpful hint: to get cherry stains out of your clothes, stretch the item over a bowl and pour boiling water on it. Gets rid of the stain like magic and doesn't harm the fabric. :-)


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Aug. 2nd, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
The book and the pie. Both sound delicious. Carter is on my list.
Aug. 2nd, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
Let me know what you think!
Aug. 2nd, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
That's a beautiful pie . . . *sighs longingly*

Aug. 2nd, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
Aww, next time you're in Portland, I'll bake you a cherry pie, Aunt Miss. :-)
Aug. 2nd, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
Oddly, I was supposed to be in Portland THIS weekend. I had scheduled the Willamette Conference as a treat to myself (I was going totally as a student, no work, just attending panels), but my schedule collapsed & my treat was canceled.

My pie skills are weak (I seem to lack the genetic pie-baking-code), but I'd return the favour with bread if you happen upon Northern VA . . .
Aug. 2nd, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, bread ...

That was the first thing I ate when my jaw was unwired - bread and butter.

(Fainting mishap in college.)

Aug. 2nd, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
NO!!!!!!!!!!! Now I will have Warrant in my head for the rest of the night! haha

And that pie looks yummy...
Aug. 2nd, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
Suffer with me.

"She's ... my ... cherry pie ...!"
Aug. 2nd, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
Mmmm - looks delish! I made blackberry today. Two of my boys were sooo happy. They've been waiting all summer. And I can't wait to read that book. Hearing all kinds of good things about it.
Aug. 2nd, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
Aug. 2nd, 2009 11:35 am (UTC)
Yum, pie!
Aug. 2nd, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
My husband would leave me for you and that pie. :-)

I hadn't heard of Carter Finally Gets It, and am glad you brought it up! I like funny and we're always looking for good books for the library dudes.
Aug. 2nd, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
It's screamingly funny, but you know ... full of authentic language. Just FYI.
Aug. 2nd, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
*pie want!*
Aug. 3rd, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
Nom nom nom ...
Aug. 2nd, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Son's tearing through Carter as I write--I can't wait to get my hands on it.

That pie looks scrumptious! It's been such a fabulous cherry season--yum. :)
Aug. 3rd, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
I'm almost finished w/ CARTER, and it's been a nonstop laugh-fest.
Aug. 3rd, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
That pie looks amazing :)

Carter is a wonderful book!

(So is yours...you're an amazing writer, Lisa!)
Aug. 3rd, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
Aug. 3rd, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
Pie...yum! I have Carter Finally Gets It on my bookshelf, and I need to read it. By the way, I read recently read your book and really enjoyed it.
Aug. 3rd, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Aug. 3rd, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
I pitted 35 pounds of pie cherries today - had to special order at the farmer's market, but soooo worth it.
Aug. 3rd, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
Those will make a lot of pies!!
Aug. 3rd, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
I eat them on hot cereal all winter long.
Aug. 3rd, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Now you've done it. I have another book I have to read and I want a cherry pie. Drat. My To Do list is already out of control, LK!
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Aug. 5th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
Books and Pie is to die...
Hey there,
I wanted to thank you for the kind post about Carter Finally Gets It.
I actually strung all of those words together myself!
I live in the ghetto of Kansas City (it's great) and my gal and I do some guerilla gardening in the yards of our local abandon houses (hundreds of tomatoes are coming in as I type! We recently discovered a couple of massive cherry trees, overflowing with perfect sour cherries. My sister Lindsey (Lynn in the book) is a baker so she brought over a crew and harvested around thirty pounds. I have cherry pie and cobbler coming out of my ears and didn't have to pit a single one! People say I'm lucky to be a writer, but I'm lucky to be a cherry lover.
One of my boys from the book just moved to Eugene. He's a nurse at the hospital, so try not to get injured or anything if you go down.
Good luck with Flash Burnout! October is almost here! I'll be sure to check it out.
Brent Crawford
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