Growing up, we moved around a lot. A lot. My parents went through what a writing professor once dubbed as their yuppie-turned-hippie phase, which resulted in us living in various parts of the country, depending upon where the spiritual winds beckoned loudest to my mother.
Being an only child in possession of a vivid imagination, I was already prone to loving the written word and the stories they told. But add to that my peculiar upbringing full of solitude and brand new places, and books were bound to be my first constant friends.
And although I’ve grown into a woman blessed with piles and piles of lovely human friends, there’s still nothing like curling up with a good book. Many lists are made each summer, featuring suggestions for which book should make the cut into an already full beach tote, but I’m an advocate of year-round reading. And the books featured in this week’s wish list would be fabulous companions in summer, spring, fall or winter.
- Broetry, Brian McGackin I am particularly excited to include this book, because aside from being hilarious, and a brilliant concept, the writer is a friend. I was fortunate enough to attend USC’s Master of Professional Writing program with Brian (who has an article out in today’s Huffington Post), where I heard some of these poems, prior to publishing. It’s “poetry for dudes” but I assure you, the ladies will love it just as much.
- 40 Years of Chez Panisse, Alice Waters Chez Panisse, the gold standard for local, sustainable and organic, is turning 40. And luckily for us, its queen (and chef) Alice Waters shares her favorite recipes and stories in this destined-to-be-a-classic culinary tome. I might even sleep with it under my pillow. That’s how excited I am about this book.
- My Year with Eleanor, Noelle Hancock There are few things I love more than a good journey memoir. You know, the Julie & Julia type, where the author takes on some sort of project, while learning oodles about herself along the way? Love it. And this book promises to be a new favorite: Hancock takes the late great Eleanor Roosevelt’s advice, and does something every day that scares her. For one year. It’s bound to be tasty, no?
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