While in London earlier this month I got to spend time with my lovely friend Kimberley Tait. Her debut novel, Fake Plastic Love, was just published and I will forever treasure my signed copy. Set in millennial Manhattan, the book explores post-grad life through the experiences of two best friends (one an investment banker, the other a lifestyle blogger), and I know you will all enjoy it immensely. Below, check out my interview with Kimberley about penning a novel, her classic inspirations, and her novel’s relatable characters. Order you own copy of Fake Plastic Love here. READ POST
My recent trip to Istanbul was one of my most inspiring journeys to date. I’m preparing a full city guide based on the trip, but in the meantime, wanted to share a reading list of wonderful books that celebrate Turkish history and culture. Have you spent time in Turkey…? Let me know if there are any titles I should add to the list!I READ POST
I had so much fun compiling April’s post about Russia (thank you for your feedback!), that I thought I’d create a reading list for my upcoming trip to India as well. In October, Simon and I are headed to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Udaipur and though it’s six months away, I already have a countdown (love the Dreamdays app!). Below are the books I’m hoping to read before our autumn India adventure. READ POST
We Will Rise: Tune in to CNN Wednesday night at 9pm ET to see a documentary about Michelle Obama’s mission to educate girls around the world. Joined by Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto, and CNN’s Isha Sesay, the First Lady journeys to Morocco and Liberia to meet young women fighting for an education against all odds. Every time I see the film trailer on CNN International I get goosebumps. I’ll be tuning in. READ POST
Beloved New York artist and shopkeeper John Derian is releasing his first book this October and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Published by Artisan Books, the 368-page tome is titled John Derian Picture Book and contains more than 400 of the striking, vintage images made famous in his decoupage creations. I treasure all my pieces of Derian decoupage and know I’ll treasure his handsome book too. Wouldn’t it make the perfect hostess, birthday, or holiday gift…? Pre-order your copy here.
I’m back on a reading kick lately and it feels great. My random recents include The Girl on the Train, Murder is Mesopotamia (I was Agatha Christie obsessed when I was little and when I found a copy in a museum shop in Berlin, I had to reread it), and Out of Africa (can’t wait to visit the Karen Blixen Museum here in Denmark). This morning I just placed a big order to Amazon for summertime. Below are 13 recent releases I’m looking forward to. Anything I’m missing? What have you recently read and loved? Can’t wait to hear your suggestions!
The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline
This highly anticipated debut novel takes place in 1960’s California and follows a young woman as she gets wrapped up in a Charles Manson-like cult. Thrilling, intriguing, and awesomely creepy.
The After Party: A Novel by Anton DiSclafani
Penned by the bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, this new novel tells the story of 1950s Texas socialites. It’s a charming historical fiction read for those intrigued by garden clubs and glittering balls.
Sweetbitter: A Novel by Stephanie Danler
This book is for the foodies out there. Set in Brooklyn, it’s been hailed as the new Kitchen Confidential. A hipster love triangle full of tattoos, champagne, and oysters.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
After happening upon his wife’s charm bracelet on the one-year anniversary of her death, a charming widower takes off on a life-changing journey to London, Paris, and India. Just reading the summary made my heart swell!
The Assistants by Camille Perri
If you’re at the bottom of the ladder working your way up, you’ll surely get chuckle out of this debut novel. Billed as “9 to 5 for the student loan generation” the story of assistant Tina Fontana looks entertaining and fun.
If you love Lady Brett Ashley, then you’re bound to enjoy this new piece of non-fiction that gives a behind-the-scenes view of Hemingway and his inner circle.
A Wife of Noble Character: A Novel by Yvonne Georgina Puig
I’ve never spent time in Texas, but boy does it fascinate me. Out in August, this is the hilarious tale of 30-year-old Vivienne Cally who is scheming for a rich husband “among Houston’s high-powered, oil-money elite.”
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
I’ve already shared about this new novel by the author of The Vacationers. Set in Brooklyn, the story of three college bandmates that have grown-up and had families of their own is getting rave reviews.
The Summer Before the War: A Novel by Helen Simonson
Upon reading it was “a novel to cure your Downton Abbey withdrawal…” this book jumped to the top of my list. By the author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, comes this tale of small town England on the eve of World War I.
Rich and Pretty by Rumaam Alam
This widely hyped story of two life-long best friends, Sarah and Lauren, takes an honest look at modern female friendship and how it evolves as we grow up.
My Mrs. Brown: A Novel by William Norwich
The rave reviews of this novel by fashion writer William Norwich have me eager to give it a go. The story of a modest, middle-aged woman that travels to New York to splurge on a fabulous dress looks like a sweet and charming beach read.
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
You’ve heard me mention this one before. Already a New York Times Bestseller, it’s a delightful, humorous tale of Upper East Side wealth, gossip, and family dysfunction.