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Nov
27

In honor of Season 5 of The History Channel’s popular Vikings series, I wrote about my favorite Vikings — Viking River Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises — for USA Today 10Best. Read 10 Ways to Explore the World Like a True Viking (but with more amenities)!

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win a copy of “wonder”

Wonder

Every time I see the trailer for Wonder, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, I get teary so I don’t know how I’m going to make it through the movie — which opens today, by the way.

I’m in the middle of the book, and it’s a must-read. [Read more…]

“the compassion code” by laura jack

The Compassion Code

If there’s one thing we can all agree that the world needs right now, it’s compassion.

So many of us are hurting, and we need to find ways to help each other heal.

When I saw that Laura Jack had written a book, The Compassion Code: How to say the right thing when the wrong thing happens — and that it had already become a bestseller — I kind of felt better about the future. [Read more…]

my bibliotherapist’s books to inspire, entertain and shock us out of complacency

Keep Calm

I’m publishing these three posts (here’s Part 1 and Part 2) from my bibliotherapist, Rachel Stevenson, all in a row because I think, together, they form an extraordinary statement about our times. They also provide a powerful reading list of books that reveal our country’s past, present and possible future.

I hope you’ll delve into these books, let us know what you think of them and feel free to add suggestions of your own. [Read more…]

my bibliotherapist’s book list for our country

History

If there was ever a time we all needed our bibliotherapist, this is it. Yesterday, I posted Part 1 of Rachel Stevenson’s book recommendations for getting through the dark period of history in which we are now living.

Here’s Part 2. (Check out Part 3 here.) [Read more…]

important book recommendations from my bibliotherapist!

Banksy tweet

Many of you have been asking when we’ll have another session with my bibliotherapist, Rachel Stevenson, especially with the devastating events of the past few weeks.

Books can go a long way in helping to make sense of the world, to learn from history and to find ways to cope. As this beautiful image, above — which comes from a Banksy tweet — shows, books keep our brain healthy.

So, without further ado, here’s my latest session with the amazing Rachel. [Read more…]

“the haven’s kitchen cooking school” giveaway

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. [Read more…]

“my cousin rachel” movie tickets and book giveaway!

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.) [Read more…]

get your summer boxes of books!

 

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: [Read more…]

5 books you’ll want to read now

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. [Read more…]

a reading list for a new year, part 2

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. [Read more…]