The Book Mark

Books that make the grade.

Still Live With Bread Crumbs


Wow Still Life With Bread Crumbs (B) by Anna Quindlen is my second good book this week.

Rebecca Winter is a photographer who believes in not rearranging objects to suit the photo but rather captures them as they are for the perfect picture. Her “Still Life With Bread Crumbs” was the photo she took of the detritus in her kitchen after an unexpected dinner party. It is the picture she is famous for. But now at 60, her career and finances are in trouble.

In an attempt to stretch her budget to meet all her expenses, she rents her pricey NYC apartment and heads to a cabin in the woods. Pretty predictable but well written is the story that follows. Yes her life changes in many ways as she searches for her next great photo. Add a bit of talent and a disturbing discovery along with some great new friends and Rebecca finds what she so desperately seeks.

I was drawn to this book by the attention it got from reviewers and booksellers. My curiosity led me to find it at my library. For some reason, I didn’t expect to like it. I think I felt anything that is getting this much attention wouldn’t be worth it but I was wrong. I was actually quite surprised at how good it was. It definitely delivers a message about life and living and how often things are not what they appear to be. Note to self; never judge a book by its cover or hype!


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