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“the haven’s kitchen cooking school” giveaway

Posted on July 18, 2017

Cooking School book

Thanks to Artisan Books for sponsoring this post and teaching
me how to cook. All opinions and failed dishes are 100% mine.

It’s no secret that I don’t cook.

So I was wary about doing a cookbook giveaway — until I saw the book itself.

The Haven’s Kitchen Cooking School is beautiful but there are lots of beautiful cookbooks that have turned into art books on my shelf. What really drew me to this one was the simplicity of the recipes, the language, the instructions.

Author Alison Cayne takes the essential skills gleaned from her popular cooking school classes at Haven’s Kitchen in New York City, and makes them easy enough for people like me to follow. more »

“my cousin rachel” movie tickets and book giveaway!

Posted on June 2, 2017

My Cousin Rachel

I just saw the trailer for My Cousin Rachel the other day, and it looks so good.

Based on the book by Daphne du Maurier, who also wrote the classic thriller, Rebecca, the movie stars Rachel Weisz as the cousin of a young Englishman, who plots revenge against her, believing she murdered his guardian. Things get complicated when he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. (That’s from the official synopsis, and I love the word “beguiling,” which immediately puts me in a moody kind of mood. Cutie Sam Claflin, above, also puts me in a moody kind of mood.) more »

get your summer boxes of books!

Posted on May 29, 2017

 

books

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the big summer reading season. So, back by popular demand, I’m offering another Boxes of Books promotion!

Many of you have been asking me to do one before the Fourth of July so here you go, my fellow book lovers.

All you have to do to get a big fat box filled with books meant for long flights or chaise lounges is follow these steps: more »

5 books you’ll want to read now

Posted on April 2, 2017

5 books

I’m finding that the only thing keeping me sane in these challenging times is reading.

Because I’m disgusted by the lack of education in our country — and, worse, the pride in that ignorance — I’m determined to keep learning, to keep seeking out different voices and to keep trying to understand the world.

I recently attended a One Day University course where professor Seth Lerer explained that reading teaches empathy, something we seem to be sadly lacking in these days. So please keep reading!

Here are a handful of books that kept my empathy level high in the past couple of weeks. Let me know what you think. more »

a reading list for a new year, part 2

Posted on January 16, 2017

Next four years

In Part 1, my incomparable bibliotherapist, Rachel, recommended some fascinating but pretty heavy reading to get us through the coming (four) year(s).

Here’s Part 2 of her suggested reading list. Start ordering these books now — and while you’re at it, pick up one of those new weighted blankets to read under. Maybe they’ll help ease some of that anxiety we’re all feeling. more »

a reading list for a new year, part 1

Posted on January 5, 2017

Hillbilly Elegy

This is not one of my usual reading lists but these are unusual times.

This is really a reading list for the resistance.

The election and what’s it already done to this country gutted me. And the only way I’ve ever been able to make sense of things I can’t wrap my head around is to do what I’ve done since I was little.

To read.

That’s something I suggest He Who Shall Not Be Named and his supporters start doing, too. If they did, I bet we wouldn’t be in this terrifying mess now. more »

new books for fall

Posted on September 5, 2016

The Woman in Cabin 10 mascara

When I was in college, I always looked forward to getting the reading lists for my literature classes and heading to the bookstore. So, now that it’s September, I’ve put together a list of required reading for you. And you don’t even have to go back to school!  more »

a session with my bibliotherapist

Posted on July 6, 2016

Rachel Stevenson library

Now that you’ve all fallen in love with my bibliotherapist, Rachel Stevenson since meeting her in yesterday’s post, I wanted to share my first “session” with her. If she’s up for it, there will be many more.

Note: if you are in a particular mood and need a book for whatever ails you, please leave a comment below and maybe Rachel will prescribe one for you. more »

meet my bibliotherapist 🙂

Posted on July 5, 2016

Rachel Stevenson

I am so excited about this, I can’t wait to share it with you!

The other day, I came across a piece in The New Yorker, “Can Reading Make You Happier?

Duh.

Anyway, the article is all about bibliotherapy, which it defines as “the ancient practice of encouraging reading for therapeutic effect.” The author described her own experience with a bibliotherapist and I was hooked. I posted on Facebook that I wanted to see one — what could be better than lying on a couch talking about books?! — or maybe even be one.

My Facebook friend, Rachel Stevenson, immediately replied, “I think as a librarian I can claim to be a bibliotherapist. I can give you a book recommendation for any mood you have.”

I knew there was a blog post in there, and I was over the moon that she could actually be my own personal bibliotherapist!

Because Rachel gave such amazing answers to the questions I sent her, I’m going to post our Q&A in two parts. Today is all about Rachel. Tomorrow is all about me  — and you!

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more beach books!

Posted on July 3, 2016

Reading by the pool

I gave you five suggestions for great beach reads yesterday but here are five more because summer days are long and you will gobble up all of these books fast!

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