This & That: No. 154

Apr 17, 2015

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~Between You & Me: Confession of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris

Working for three decades at The New Yorker in the copy editing department, Mary Norris brings the expertise of elevated and sophisticated grammar that has come to be the trademark of the prestigious publication. Her descriptions of the most common grammatical mistakes are discussed with verve and humor that are certain to entertain as well as teach. What a timely release as it seemed a bit serendipitous that such a book would become available as the new series is beginning here on TSLL blog. Dive in, read at your own pace and learn along the way. Have a listen to her interview on NPR here.

~The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket

I first heard of Marnie HanelAndrea Slonecker, and Jen Stevenson’s book as they originate out of Portland, Oregon, but it is the content that retained my interest. As leaders of the Portland Picnic Society (yep, one really does exist!), these women know their food and know how to entertain in leisurely accommodations. Released on April 7th, the book is full of recipes, checklists and their expert advice. Readers will discover how to pack, entertain (games included) as well as serve drinks that will keep your lunch companions well-fed and happy. 

~The Road to Character

Columnist for the New York Times, David Brooks tackles the pervasive  invasion of the Culture of Me which tends to focus on external success rather than those core values such as kindness, bravery, honesty and faithfulness, that aid in cultivating a truly fulfilling life. Through the analysis of a handful of past revered thinkers and leaders such as Dwight Eisenhower, Dorothy Day and Frances Perkins, just to name a few, Brooks reveals to readers the values that he hopes to inspire us all to ascribe to. Released on the 14th, Brooks encourages his readers through his well-researched examples that the path to a truly rich life will require a shift, but it will be well worth the investment.


~Dior & I

Behind the scene films always intrigue me, and director/producer/writer Frédéric Tcheng’s documentary Dior & I most certainly captured my attention. Taking viewers behind the scenes of artistic director Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection (fall 2013), discover the glamour, the talent and the beauty that signifies the Dior brand. Out now in select theaters in the UK, Australia and the US, this film will tide you over until the couture shows return in July.


~Brooks Brothers Supima Cotton Stripe (navy & white) shirt

While I have always  known and loved Brooks Brothers, I haven’t shopped there recently. So when a reader shared with me that their women’s department was well-worth a visit, I decided to stop by, and right she was. With well priced investment items such as button-up collared shirts, blazers, sandals, scarves and especially their sleepwear, if you’re looking for items that are classic, well-made and won’t break the bank, be sure to stop by.


~Ebby Rane Quartermaster Suitcase

While I may never have the opportunity to own such luxurious luggage, I’m still going to put Ebby Rane’s Quartermaster suitcase on my wish list. Why not? Available in more than just the traditional black or steely gray that seems to be the color de rigueur, the cloud white option has my attention. With multiple compartments and 10 carryalls, traveling in style would be instantaneous with the quartermaster as your companion.

cremefraiche ~recipe for Smoke Salmon Omelette with Chive Creme Fraiche~

A weekend is beginning that is taking me to a destination I have always been yearning to explore. And I must admit, it is the undercurrent of the French influence that has always drawn me to New Orleans (surprise, surprise). With dreams of tasting beignets and getting lost in visions of Paris while I sip a café au lait at Le Café du Monde, I will be sharing as much as I can on my Instagram and looking forward to meeting readers at The Garden District Book Shop on Sunday as the second book signing, reading, sipping and tasting (chocolate and wine that is) will be taking place between 2-4.

In the meantime, if you are not in proximity to the Big Easy, perhaps you are to New Canaan, Connecticut, as that is next stop on TSLL Book Tour. Click here to learn about the time, date and location.

More importantly, spring is in full gear which means the blossoms on the trees are revealing their stunning beauty and walks outdoors are a special treat to partake in. I do hope the season has kicked off well for you. It truly is the simple everyday experiences that make our lives all the richer. And of course that means reading something that tickles our minds. So as we do here every week, below are a few articles and a video, I think you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonjour!

~We all aspire to it, and these 10 simple suggestions will help you achieve it . . . 10 Simple Qualities That Can Help You Achieve Professional Success and Satisfaction in Life

~Trying to limit your spending and save up for a specific goal? This post is what you’re looking for.

~Even more reason to pack your bags and hop on that plane . . . 12 Reasons Why People Who Travel Are So Endearing

~And now to Paris. Marie Claire shared this three minute tour of Paris that I think you might enjoy. Have a look and have a lovely weekend.


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6 thoughts on “This & That: No. 154

  1. Hi Shannon, I saw Dior and I this week and it was a fantastic movie that exceeded all of my expectations. It was brilliantly made, focused on the people behind the amazing clothes and transported you so that you felt like you were in Paris there with them. More than a few times the audience in the movie theatre gasped out loud at the beauty of the clothes/scenery. As you are a Francophile I highly recommend that you see it (if you haven’t already). I will definitely be buying it as well when it comes out on DVD.

  2. I’m so glad you shopped at a Brooks Brothers….I happened to buy that shirt and now I’m am obsessed with it. It is so comfy,washes beautifully….shapes to my body perfectly.
    Don’t get me started on the P.J’s….they are also sooooo comfy!
    Enjoy your day….in the Chicago we have a perfect Spring weather!

  3. Shannon, Have a wonderful time in New Orleans. Such an incredible city, with so much good food and interesting architecture. I don’t know if you will see this before you return (and someone may have already mentioned it) but the Muffalata sandwiches from Central Grocery in the Quarter are to die for! Hope one of your book signing trips brings you to San Francisco. Have a safe trip and enjoy every minute of your time in The Big Easy.

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