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So You Want to Start A Brewery? – Tony Magee
Non-fiction / 28th November 2019

Introduction So You Want to Start A Brewery? is a memoir of the starting of a business. The title attracts me. Although I am not going to start a brewery (but who knows what will happen in the future), I am very interested to know the process involved in operating a brewery. Author Tony Magee is the founder of Lagunitas Brewing Company. He was responsible for the recipe and labels on the bottles since the beginning. He started the brewery in 1993 and sold 50% of its share to Heineken in 2015. Heineken bought the remaining portion in 2017 and becomes the sole owner of the brewery. Tony Magee remains as chairman of the board. Contents So You Want to Start A Brewery? contains a fauxword, an introduction, 18 chapters, an afterword and an epilogue. Each chapter has its own title and I am going to list them down sequentially here: 1) The First Days, 2) The Tyranny of Fast Growth, 3) But What Kind of Beer…?, 4) Creative Funding, 5) Dramas and Debacles, 6) Tried and Tested, 7) The Birth of a Brand, 8) The Arrival of Our IPA, 9) Flavors and Labels, 10) Down with Dogma, 11) The…

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth – Chris Hadfield
Non-fiction / 31st August 2019

Introduction The word “Astronaut” and “Life on Earth” in the title caught my eyes. It is a book about the author’s life experience of being an astronaut and his perspective regarding life on earth after being in the space for 3 times. Author Chris Hadfield is the first Canadian astronaut. He started his career as a fighter pilot and progressed to realize his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut. The author has been to space for a total of 3 times, twice in a Shuttle and once in a Soyuz. He has produced a popular music video, a modified rendition of Space Oddity, which was recorded on the International Space Station (ISS). This video is available on YouTube. Content An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth is divided into 3 main parts: Part I – Pre-launch, Part II – Liftoff and Part III – Coming down to earth. It starts from the author’s childhood, mentioning the reason behind his dream of becoming an astronaut and the efforts that he took to realize it. The book’s focus is on his last mission, Expedition 34/35. It ends with the recovery and closure process after his last space expedition. Throughout the book, he…