—The Idiot by Elif Batuman
Elif Batuman’s new novel The Idiot is receiving ubiquitous praise from critics for offering the journey of a young woman beginning into adulthood. Set in 1995, Selin arrives at Harvard, the daughter of Turkish immigrant parents and as she enters her first summer after college, she goes abroad to teach English after having corresponded with a boy named Ivan from Turkey. She ventures through Paris and Hungary and begins to wrestle with what her future will be.
A simple cozy mystery set in France and translated from its original version into English, Mayhem in Margaux offers the beauty of Bordeaux vineyards, a caper to solve and an enjoyable read from the Winemaker Detective series.
Debuting today in the theaters, Emma Watson stars in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, alongside Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey). The story we already know, but now with the voices of Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellenand Emma Thompson to play the supporting roles of the candlestick, teapot and other necessary accoutrements to the tale, it should be even more enjoyable to escape to the theater and enjoy this weekend.
Being released in June, and with the main ingredient being St.-Germain liqueur (an elderflower liqueur) said to be bartender’s favorite mixer, discover 30 cocktail recipes from top bartenders from around the globe. Discover what food to pair which cocktail with and at what time of day as well. This may just be a bartender’s guide to keep at the ready for your next dinner party occasion.
—Les Françaises by Sonia Sieff
French photographer Sonia Sieff’s new book takes readers into the most intimate worlds of some of France’s most public individuals. With 150 photographs set in Paris, on the shores of Normandy, in gardens in Champagne and inside the homes and balconies where the subjects live, the feminine form is captured in beautiful simplicity. See a few glimpses here.
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Deep breath . . . and, yes the weekend has arrived. *big smile* Spring has sprung, the grass is beginning to show the green we have long ago lost sight of and the sun is staying up and out above us longer and longer. With getaway plans scheduled in one week, this weekend will be for slowing down, savoring simple pleasures and picking up the final travel necessities. Simply knowing a vacation is around the corner offers a touch more pleasure in the every day that leads up to it, no?
Do you have spring getaway plans in the coming weeks? Where might you be going? Or are you, as I have done many times, looking forward to just being home with fewer to-dos and expectations? Either way, a respite is a wonderful thing to schedule into each season as it offers a renewal of its own as we step forward into the next season. Now to the weekend and some reading below that you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée!
~3 Daily Habits of the Happiest People in the World – could it be this simple?
~Love high designer fashion at a steal of a price? Read this article.
~Curious to know what the most popular food is in each state? Have a look at this map to find out.
~Instead of a “To Do”, why not write this type of list.
~An American living as an expat in France during these highly politically charged times – here is what it is like for one writer
~And to wrap up, 50 simple, inspiring quotes to keep in mind as you live the life of your dreams