If there was an award for a unique and catchy book title, I’m pretty certain that Mark Di Vincenzo’s Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That, and Go There would be among the finalists. Eye-catching and perfectly summarizing what a reader should expect, most definitely!
Based on extensive research conducted by Di Vincenzo, a journalist by trade, this book includes information and answers from experts through interviews or readings. The topics covered range from when to make purchases of everything from eggs to homes, when to travel, and when to get some items on your to-do list crossed off. Issues revolving around personal health care, education, and employment are also included, as well.
With such a wide range of information included in this small book, my only critique as a reader is that there is no index to use to find specific topics quickly. Instead, I opted to read the book straight through and highlight the specific tips that related to my own needs, and then make note of their locations in the blank pages at the beginning of the book. Among my favorites- the best time to travel to Paris (September and early October), the best time and day to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre (9 am on Sunday), and the best age at which to potty train a child (eighteen to thirty months old). Can you guess which of those three is most likely to be realistically applied to my own life?
If you’re looking for an interesting book gift idea, or you’re in need of some advice on the perfect timing for any of a wide range of activities, purchases, or travel, be sure to check out Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That, and Go There.
Not included in this book, but definitely something you must be dying to know- the best time to read Dawn’s blog, my thoughts exactly, is whenever you have a moment that should be filled with book talk, NPR love, crazy kid stories, or random rants.