This & That: June 8, 2018

Jun 08, 2018

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Farm from Home: A Year of Stories, Pictures and Recipes from a City Girl in the Country by Amanda Brooks

With the revelation that aligns with the simply luxurious way of life – “slowing down, reconnecting with nature, and making the most of each day”, Amanda Brooks shares her experience after having moved to her husband’s English farm from New York City in 2012. Revealing her discoveries of simple pleasures not once known, slip away to England and discover inspiration for our own life wherever you may call home to savor the everyday.

The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 by Jonathan Rauch

Two books in today’s This & That talk about mid-life, both defining it as the fourth decade. In the first, award-winning journalist Jonathan Rauch in his new book claims that in your “20s into our 40s, happiness follows a U-shaped trajectory, a ‘happiness curve,’ declining from the optimism of youth into what’s often a long, low slump in middle age, before starting to rise again in our 50s.” With data, research and inspiration from his own life, the book discusses the “many ways to endure the slump and avoid its perils and traps”.

How to Eat a Peach: Menus, Stories & Places by Diana Henry

Released in May, James Beard award winner Diana Henry (for her cookbook Bird in the Hand) released her new cookbook How to Eat a Peach. Offering 24 menus and 100 recipes, you may be wondering where the title comes from . . .

The title of the book refers to how Italians end a meal in the summer, when it’s too hot to cook. The host or hostess just puts a bowl of peaches on the table and offers glasses of chilled moscato (or even Marsala). Guests then slice their peach into the glass, before eating the slices and drinking the wine.

Inspired by Henry’s favorite foods as well as places she loves, the theme is simplicity and an abundance of flavor. Perfect for summer, food and relaxing.

There Are No Grown-Ups: A Mid-Life Coming-of-Age Story by Pamela Druckerman

As I mentioned on Monday’s episode of the podcast, author of bestselling Bringing of Bébé returns with her new book which was released last week. There Are No Grown-Ups is based on her current experience of life in her 40s and includes in great detail as well a comparison of French culture (where she has lived with her husband and children for 12 years) and the American culture. Have a look at a recent interview with the author here on NPR.

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Laura Weisberger

New York Times bestselling author Laura Weisberger returns this week with her protagonist from The Devil Wears Prada Emily Charlton who is now far more advanced in her career as an image consultant who’s just landed the client of a lifetime. Set in Greenwich, Connecticut, far from Charlton’s Hollywood life, enter a newly elected New York Senator vying for the highest office in the land, a well-known A-list supermodel Karolina and new mom who has just left her successful career to care for her children in Connecticut, Miriam. This just might be the summer read to get lost in.

Francophile Finds

Everyday Monet: A Giverny Inspired Gardening and Lifestyle Guide to Living Your Best Impressionist Life by Aileen Bordman

Claude Monet, one of the founders of the French Impressionist period, whose sanctuary in Giverny is located just an about an hour northwest of Paris, is the inspiration for Aileen Bordman’s new book which was released this past week. Full of illustrations, Everyday Monet shares with readers ideas for infusing your living room, kitchen and your garden with touches of Monet’s outdoor oasis.

Trudon candles

I was listening to an interview with writer David Sedaris recently and he spoke about his favorite candles. One was the iconic French company Maison Trudon. Founded in 1643 by Claude Trudon on rue Saint-Honoré, Trudon opened a boutique for groceries and candles. With beeswax described to be made for “God and King”, Trudon continues to be a luxury item to covet (the prices are steep, but what a wonderful French luxury to give as a gift). Now perfumes and sprays as well as a large variety of scented candles are available, and I look forward to enjoying my first someday soon.


Ocean’s 8

Opening today in theaters nationwide, Ocean’s 8 refers tonSandra Bullock’s – Debbie Ocean’s – team of eight women who plan a heist at the famed annual MET gala in New York City. Have a look at the trailer below and the talented and diverse cast.

~recipe for Chez Panisse’s Blueberry Cobbler~

The French Open women’s finals will take place early Saturday morning, and rest-assured, I will be up sipping tea and perhaps nibbling on a croissant which seems to be my tradition as I enjoy the match. But then maybe I will wait until Sunday when the men’s final takes place – not a bad dilemma. Either way, I will drinking in the sights and sounds of this Paris tradition. As well, yoga is on my agenda, maybe a fun outing to the movies to enjoy Ocean’s 8, and I cannot wait to just read my most recent book – Alone Time. With one of the four cities the author explores being Paris, the first few chapters alone will motivate any reader who enjoys their alone time to dream of visiting the City of Light sooner rather than later.

I do hope the upcoming weekend materializes precisely as you had imagined as you made your way through the week. Thank you for stopping by, and until Monday bonne journée!

~The French Open finals take place this weekend in Paris and a small (or not-so-physically-small) piece of this annual event is a Work of Art that reveals the journey of the fortnight. 

~Sex and the City turned 20 on Wednesday: How the HBO series revolutionized TV and dating forever

~A Guide to a Life of Purpose from Zen Habits

~Take a new walking tour in Paris – the Untold Story of Women Who Shaped Paris

~10 Steps to Own Your Personal Power

~4 Myths You’re Told About Success and the Difference Between Successful and Unsuccessful People

~The New York Times list of 73 Books to Enjoy this Summer

6 thoughts on “This & That: June 8, 2018

  1. thank you for your timely post. I needed some beach reads and I just purchased How to eat a peach, and there are no grown ups…. You’re the best.

  2. Delectable this and that. Your weekend plans sounds perfect. Watching the men’s semi final today. I have a favourite but have to wait until Sunday. Looking forward to the women’s final tomorrow. Shannon you have to treat yourself on 13th with a Trudon candle. I get one every Xmas from my children. So gorgeous. It’s savoured when I am in need of a special moment and I make it last for a while?

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