Category Archives: Books

Perfect Picnic

Last weekend Dave and I had the perfect late afternoon fall picnic. We rode our bikes to the park with baguette, prosciutto and cheeses in tow and perched up on a hill to watch passerby near Wollman Rink. My new chunky cardigan from the Gap has become my new favorite item of clothing, and it’s perfect for the weather we’ve been having lately. An intriguing book, full belly, sunshine and boyfriend-as-pillow is about as good as it gets.


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Getting lots of work done from my perch in the Housing Works bookstore. When I’m done I’ll be rewarding myself with a few new reads.

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Subways & Books

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a voracious reader. I go through spurts – reading 5 books in 7 days, then not having a book to read for week on end. The bookless portions drive me up the wall, and when I can’t take it any more, I go on a book binge with Amazon. I just went through a bookless phase, and now I’m back with a vengeance.

On my list lately:

  • An Object of Beauty – Steve Martin
    I’ve never read Shopgirl; what really turned me on to Mr. Martin was The Pleasure of My Company. A bit quirky, but a delightful read. Object of Beauty mixes the same fun & wit with a more grounded character and a darker plot. I’m currently tearing my way through this one.
  • My Friend Leonard – James Frey
    A follow-up to his notorious Million Little Pieces, this book is full of twists and turns and edge-of-your-seat writing. I love his run-on sentences and descriptions despite my tendency to be a stickler for grammar & punctuation – ¬†they seem so much more full of emotion this way. Both books are just as good even when you know they’re … embellished.
  • The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
    This book makes every reading list I ever create. I just re-read it for what could be the 4th time during my trip to Florida, and it never disappoints.
  • The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
    With the Harry Potter series over, I obviously needed a young-adult guilty-pleasure read! I am already excited for the movie

I recently took a writing class that recommended several books, including “Boy Alone,” “Running in the Family,” “My Dark Places,” and “Stop Time” – all memoirs.

Anyone have any other good suggestions? I usually grab ideas from what people are reading on the subway, but with Kindles its much harder to spy.

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