100 Wild Mushrooms – Entered in 2018 ATAI Book Award Contest – Memoir

4 Stars

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Eva Pasco

100 Wild Mushrooms: Memoirs of the ‘60s is Eva Pasco’s collection of one hundred mini-memoirs and personal stories about her life in the sixties. From touching recollections about family life to humorous tales of defrosting refrigerators and crouching under school desks, Eva Pasco takes readers on a journey through one of the most colorful, eccentric decades in history.


Though it certainly has an excellent and intriguing premise, 100 Wild Mushrooms unfortunately falls quite short in terms of execution. It is presented as a mis-matched, seemingly unconnected group of stories; these stories read more like sporadic, random thoughts haphazardly thrown together than fully-fledged chapters of a memoir. Also, the topics of these stories skip around too much and too often, jumping from one subject to the next without flowing naturally into one another. In many ways, 100 Wild Mushrooms seems more like a digest of vaguely related blog posts than a cohesive, complete memoir.


100 Wild Mushrooms is still a most worthwhile read, though, largely because of Eva Pasco’s delightfully descriptive and energetic style of writing. She captures the essence of the 1960s perfectly; aside from the tumultuous political dilemmas of the decade, there was also plenty of joy and wonder to be found, which is captured brilliantly in 100 Wild Mushrooms. In each story, Eva Pasco gives readers a colorful snapshot of daily life in the sixties, peppered with humor and trivia. 100 Wild Mushrooms: Memoirs of the ‘60s is a charming, hilarious collection of short memoirs that is sure to inspire heartfelt nostalgia in all who read it.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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An Enlightening Quiche – Entered in 2017 Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Eva Pasco

Eva Pasco’s An Enlightening Quiche centers around the rivalry of two very different women as they compete against one another to make the perfect quiche. Augusta is promiscuous and emotionally damaged, turning heads and raising eyebrows wherever she goes. Lindsay, on the other hand, is a prim and proper historian tasked with rescuing a local mill from certain demise. Despite the premise of a simple bake-off, both women get far more than they bargained for. A delicious quiche becomes the catalyst for profound epiphanies, insightful prose, and a most welcome enlightenment.

An Enlightening Quiche is far more intricate than it may seem to be; while a book based around baking a quiche may not sound like a page-turner, this book is so much more than that. Both main characters were complex and engaging, with detailed backstories and overwhelmingly believable narratives. To put it simply, they felt almost real. The plot itself was incredibly intriguing, littered with witty quips and fascinating social commentary. Although a bit too wordy at times, it was enjoyable from the first page to the last.

Eva Pasco crafted a real gem in An Enlightening Quiche. Her style of writing is uniquely fresh, while still maintaining a level of intelligence that is beyond impressive. Pasco hit the nail on the head with a winning combination of love, loss, friendship, humor, and a profoundly deep introspection that will surprise any reader. Just as Augusta and Lindsay did, An Enlightening Quiche’s readers will get far more than they bargained for in this novel.

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