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Nonfiction Chronicles: Sweet Transformations

Ever wonder what it would be like to chuck your job, pull up your roots, and follow your passion? For most of us, that’s not an option. But you can always experience it vicariously by reading biographies. In Confections of a Closet Master Baker, Gesine Bullock-Prado gives up the fast-paced, stressed-out world of Hollywood (she’s Sandra Bullock’s sister) for the opportunity to pursue her dream of opening a small, country bakery/café in Montpelier, Vermont.   Better not read this one if you’re on a diet, though; every chapter ends with a recipe for a delicious, mouth-watering pastry sure to send you to the kitchen hunting for the butter and sugar.

Bullock-Prado makes no excuses for creating and selling these forbidden pleasures.  She makes a solid case for the return to what she considers a more civilized, everything-in-moderation lifestyle with a 3pm daily ritual of cake and coffee.  Sounds good to me!  For other stories sure to inspire, try The Unlikely Lavender Queen: Tales of an Unexpected Blossoming by Jeannie Ralston, or, for a slightly heavier philosophical exploration of finding fulfillment through work, Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford.

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