Steve Almond – Candy Freak

This is a lot of fun. Even the explanation of his name, His absolute obsession with sweets is astonishing, and doesn’t seem healthy in many senses.! It has more humour than I expected. Or perhaps I am reading it that way! Interesting nuances of his family. His childhood memories are so candy dependent/ specific. How on earth can he remember those individual items? This is more obsessive and pathological. And fascinating. And certainly a topic of interest to a lot of people. There were also a lot of people like him in the book! The Idaho Candy Company? Well, I love the Green Mountain Chocolate Company! Rochester Reads this year, unexpectedly. Not my idea of ‘literature’, not sure what the take home message is – why does the community need to read this book?
Chocolate haiku
The author will now rationalize.
A few final relevant facts
(liked the chapter titles, and subtitle – a journey through the chocolate underbelly of America)


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