This & That: March 24, 2023
Friday March 24, 2023

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Three fantastic new films debut today in theaters, a new series reviving a British classic, books on a wide array of topics – listening more than we talk, eating more consciously for ourselves and the planet’s well-being, the science and art of longevity, a book for bibliophiles and a new find for Anglophiles who love a good cozy mystery; as well, quite a few clothing finds and two great sales of note, a cookbook for dessert lovers that dials down the unnecessary sweetness and turns up the deliciousness, and still there is much more!


Book Madness: A Story of Book Collectors in America by Denise Gigante

For the bibliophiles! Released this past November and told through the sale of Charles Lamb’s library in 1848 that took place in New York. Consisting of sixty books, most in fairly bad condition, it was a sensational news story of its day. “Following those books through the stories of the bibliophiles who shaped intellectual life in America—booksellers, publishers, journalists, editors, bibliographers, librarians, actors, antiquarians, philanthropists, politicians, poets, clergymen—Denise Gigante brings to life a lost world of letters at a time when Americans were busy assembling the country’s major public, university, and society libraries.”

The First Editions Club, Roundabout Books (Bend, Oregon)

I wandered into my local independent bookshop, Roundabout Books and saw the staff preparing to ship out their First Editions Club latest book. Asking a bit more about this book club, I learned the title is a complete secret to members, always a new release, so thus, a first edition, and this particular delivery will be their first non-fiction title. Beginning a couple of years ago, all previous titles have been fiction (you can look at the list of books here). Similar to what Shaun Bythel sends out to his Random Book Club members from his Scottish used book shop, the subscribing members are surprised each month by what they receive, which makes it all the more intriguing if you are someone who wishes to stretch your selection of books.

I asked the staff if they ship internationally, and while not at the moment (as the price of membership includes shipping), they do ship nation-wide, so if you want to support an independent bookshop and are open to tickling your curiosity, here is a great opportunity!

Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity by Dr. Peter Attia

Being released this coming Tuesday, Dr. Peter Attia’s new book Outlive reveals a truth many of us know all too well, “mainstream medicine has failed to make much progress against the diseases of aging that kill most people: heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and type 2 diabetes”; what he proposes in his new book “is not ‘biohacking,’ it’s science: a well-founded strategic and tactical approach to extending lifespan while also improving our physical, cognitive, and emotional health. Dr. Attia’s aim is less to tell you what to do and more to help you learn how to think about long-term health, in order to create the best plan for you as an individual.”

The Power of Keeping Your Mouth Shut in an Endlessly Noisy World by Dan Lyons

While a bit of an aggressive title (I have edited it here on the blog), I still felt what Dan Lyons was bringing to our attention was worth exploring. “Lyons combines leading behavioral science with actionable advice on how to communicate with intent, think critically, and open your mind and ears to the world around you.” You can listen to him discuss the topic of his book briefly here on CBS Sunday Morning.

Ravenous: How to get ourselves and our planet in shape by Henry Dimbleby and Jemima Lewis

Beginning with the claim by the authors that “the food system is no longer simply a means of sustenance. It is one of the most successful, most innovative and most destructive industries on earth”. Henry Dimbleby and Jemima Lewis in Ravenous, “takes us behind the scenes to reveal the mechanisms that act together to shape the modern diet – and therefore the world. [They] explain not just why the food system is leading us into disaster, but what can be done about it.” Released this past week, The Financial Times brought this title to my attention and catch it, it did.

British Finds

The Lost King

My weekend plans are set! I have been looking forward to watching this movie based on a true story. The Lost King stars Sally Hawkins as Philippa Langley, the amateur historian “who defies the stodgy academic establishment in her efforts to find King Richard III’s remains, which were lost for over 500 years.” Have a look at the trailer below and look for it in theaters now.

Pignon Scorbion & the Barbershop Detectives by Rick Bleiweiss (book 1 of 2 in series)

One more delightful discovery made whilst popping into my local independent bookshop earlier this week was a new cozy mystery series, and while set in England, it is written by a fellow Oregonian who lives in Ashland! Rick Bleiweiss has created a jovial and savvy detective team in his Pignon Scorbion series. The first book shown here with the blue cover, was released last February and the second was released just recently. I have picked up the first and have begun to read it, and if the first few pages are any indication, I think I am very much going to enjoy the setting. Drawing inspiration from Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes’ Dr. Watson, be enchanted as you are swept back to 1910 to solve a caper with the barbershop detectives.


Sweet Enough: A Dessert cookbook by Alison Roman

Being released this coming Tuesday and already one of the most anticipated cookbooks of 2023, bestselling author Alison Roman’s Sweet Enough has been known to make “recipes so perfect that they go by one name—The Cookie, The Pasta, The Lemon Cake—she was a restaurant pastry chef who spent most of her time learning to make things the hard way. She studied flavor, technique, and precision, then distilled her knowledge to pare it all down to create dessert recipes that feel special and approachable, impressive and doable. In Sweet Enough, Alison has written the book for people who think they don’t have the time or skill to pull off dessert. Here, the desserts you want to make right away, you can make right away.” Okay, I am in! And my appetite is already thanking me.


Chantilly Bridge

Perhaps you watched the film Chantilly Lace way back in 1993? Well, twenty-five years later, the same brilliant actresses from that film, Linda Yellen’s groundbreaking Sundance hit, return to bring their characters to life in Chantilly Bridge. Being released today, this unique cinematic experience travels back and forth between films, and the characters’ memories implode on the present. With unpredictable humor and searing honesty they confront old resentments, celebrate new milestones, and rediscover the unbreakable bond among friends who knew one another when and are there for one another now.” Have a look at the trailer and I have a feeling you will want to explore this sequel. Learn more about the plot here in a review by Roger Moore.


A film newly released in the states, our local boutique movie house is sharing it this weekend, but a film that has been around in its country of origin for a year or so (New Zealand) is Juniper. Starring Charlotte Rampling (an Academy Award nominee), she stars as a feisty, alcoholic grandmother who has a broken leg and needs supervision. Her son choosing his teenage son to provide such supervision as he is suspended from school, and the film shares how their time together turns his life around. Have a look at the trailer below and look for it either streaming or in theaters.

Francophile Finds

My Stylish French Box, Vive le Printemps! (May 2023)

If you haven’t already signed up Sharon Santoni’s My Stylish French Box‘s upcoming delivery in May, now is a great time. The theme for this box is in alignment with the seasons – le Printemps! Send one to a loved one, and that might just be yourself! 😌

Un Soir à l’Opera Candles, Spring Sale

Use promo code Spring23 until March 29th to save 20% off most items on the site, such as the Marriage of Figaro, Citrus Rose scent seen below. I thoroughly enjoy this French company’s candles and included them in my favorite list of just such a list – 10 French candles I love here.


Boden, site-wide sale (up to 50% off)

Boden is having an early spring sale, with most items marked quite nicely – yep, up to 50% off. I have shopped a couple of items below (their one piece swimsuits caught my eye – solid colors available as well), but be sure to shop all types of items and discover great prices.

Deep V-neck swimsuit (other prints available)

Mango Denim Jacket w/Belt

I continue to recommend this item (many different brands offer it) because it works as a layer or on its own (or over a simple camisole. Ideal for spring as it does add some warmth, but not much. It is timeless and Mango’s is available at a great price.

Ralph Lauren Short Double-Breasted Trench Coat (khaki & dark navy available)

Another great coat for spring or fall.


Rough Linen, Mirage linen scarf, many colors

I recently had a friend reach out to me who is traveling to France, specifically the Dordogne region and then traveling down to northern Spain and asked what she should pack, and one must have item I will always recommend as the weather will be warming up but will still be fickle is a linen scarf. For men and women, having a linen scarf is akin to having a light jacket and ideal for layering and easy to remove or add as the weather changes.

Veronica Beard, Sale 25% off

Another sale of note, including items from their spring collection is the 25% off spring sale. Selecting many of the favorites, such as this houndstooth jacket, save 25% with promo code FAVORITES25.


Great Expectations, Hulu

Premiering March 26th, this Sunday, Olivia Colman stars as Miss Havesham in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. A limited series consisting of six episodes, have a look at the trailer below and watch it on Hulu.

For a couple of days this past week the sun shone brilliantly, and while it wasn’t entirely warm, it was beautiful and the crocuses said hello along with the hellebores (look for March’s Gardening post to be shared on Monday – I have been waiting for the snow to melt, and finally it is gone! In town, that is – the mountain is still generously covered in snow – wahoo!). And even though while I was typing today’s post, the snow blew and roared through the neighborhood, it didn’t stick, and the daffodils continue to push ever upward.

A full week behind the scenes these past handful of days, and I am excited about what is in store for the month of April as well as May on the blog and podcast. Interviews have been recorded and scheduled with two people discussing their new books I thoroughly enjoyed, plans are being made for this year’s Annual British Week and giveaway gifts are arriving at Le Papillon as I type (tune in to April’s A Cuppa Moments to discover what one of the six will be this year! And remember as well, the cup & saucer from Cassandra’s Kitchen is a separate giveaway, not associated with British Week and will be given out the first week of April – so don’t forget to watch on April 1st to see how to enter).

Did you by chance check out the most popular post of the year this week on the blog? Yep, Wednesday’s Signature Style post was a hit – full of conversation on Mastering Quintessential French Effortless Style, as well as detailing and shopping the eight sartorial components to include, the post also announced an updated newsletter for those TSLL readers who never want to miss a Style post. Learn more about the Style Inspiration newsletter (free!) here.

I have been a bit behind on responding to comments and emails this week; I do apologize for this as the week’s posts, interviews for the podcast as well as my French classes (we dove into passé composé – yowzer!) have required most of my time and mental focus. Please know I have received and thoroughly enjoyed reading all that you have shared and look forward to catching up soon.

And now to the weekend! Oh, but first! For fellow gardeners out there, wasn’t last week’s premiere episode of the new season of Gardeners’ World spectacular? I just loved it, each segment, and now am looking forward to settling in with my cuppa and two snuggly pups this Saturday to watch the second episode as it looks to be a snowy weekend in Bend that may not enable outside gardening time.

Okay! Now to this week’s shared links and one video. Thank you for stopping by today and wishing you a wonderful first weekend of spring/autumn! Until Monday, bonne journée!

—Garance Doré, following recently being married this past January (see all the photos here), has premiered a new podcast titled Le Rendezvous, and this was a recent episode I enjoyed listening to.

~Ahhh, thank you for writing this post Introvert, Dear 😌 The Mental Health Benefits of Spending Time Alone as an Introvert.

—Gardeners, this is for you – What we learn from leafing through seed catalogs [The New Yorker]

~I recently read, well more like poured through, Jenna Granneman’s and Andre Sólo’s new book Sensitive in a matter of 24-hours this past weekend; Granneman and Sólo are the founders of the blog, Sensitive Refuge that shared this post as well: The art of boundary setting for HSPs, a necessary skill to learn for everyone. Look for an upcoming episode of the podcast focused on what I found insightful and elevating when it comes to celebrating being an HSP while reading Sensitive – a book I highly recommend for HSPs but also for anyone who loves an HSP.

An evening treat earlier this week – a brown-butter lemon-sucre crêpe – after finishing the book mentioned just above.

~A post to ponder, Maybe you don’t need to talk to someone (aka a therapist). [Positive Prescription]

~Head’s up fans of Tony Shaloub who stared for multiple seasons of the award-winning show Monk, it’s time to celebrate! Monk returns in a new film titled Mr. Monk’s Last Case. It will premiere on Peacock later this year. You’ve been alerted! [Vulture]

~And because I just adore David Schwimmer (aka Ross from FRIENDS for anyone . . . does any not know who Ross is? 🙃), here are a few clips from his time in the British baking tent (aka as the Great British Bake-Off’s Stand Up to Cancer episode). Get ready to chuckle. ☺️

~Explore last week’s This & That: March 17, 2023

Brimming full of books about how to thrive, yet avoid the burn-out that is errantly assumed must happen, a British series returns for its final season, a new series begins about a much-known (or do we really) French queen, a French mystery series I absolutely enjoyed, especially because of its cast, reasons for gardeners to celebrate, clothing for spring and summer that is effortless and gorgeous, an exclusive promotion for TSLL readers with a favorite home décor and tableware online shop and a new television series I cannot wait to watch that stars a favorite from the Shonda Rhimes legacy of successful series. Oh! And did I mention Paris and flowers, yep, there is a beautiful new book for anyone who loves either of these two subjects. And still, there is so much more. 

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15 thoughts on “This & That: March 24, 2023

  1. Thanks, Shannon, for such a nice T&T! 🙂

    My favourites:
    – Book Madness – I always like books about books, anywhere in world…
    – First Editions Club – How interesting is this? Like Shaun Bythel, but with a pristine cover… 😉
    – The Lost King – Sally Hawking is a brilliant actress, I find. Her performances are so accurate whatever she does, and she reminds me of (a young) Meryl Streep. An Oscar will arrive certainly (I hope).
    – Juniper – Ms. Rampling, also great she is….

    Spring is here and the crocus in the garden are beautiful! Mine are out too, and it has been the joy of my days to look at them. This year, I tried a new variety and I am delighted (I will write about that on the garden post).

    I wish you a very good weekend, and lots of fun with Nelle and Norman! Many pats to them. 🙂

    1. Thank you for stopping by Isabel to kick off the weekend! 🙂 Sally Hawking really is a talent and I hope so too for her award waiting in the wings soon for this fun film. I look forward to learning about your new variety of crocus! Until Monday! 🙂

  2. Shannon~

    I had planned to ask you if you listened to Le Rendezvous after I came across it as a result of your mention of Garance Doré in your post about style. I could listen to her enchanting voice all day.

    Do you, or anyone else, know where we in the US can watch the Great British Bake-Off’s Stand Up to Cancer episode? I search every year as the clips shared always look so fun, but with no luck.

    Would love to hear your thoughts on the premiere of Marie Antoinette. To imagine being faced with such an enormity at such an early age (14). Looks like we are in for another exciting year in Sanditon.

    Have a wonderful and cosy weekend.


    1. Michelle,

      Great question. The best way to watch any international show that is not available for streaming in the US is Express VPN, and that would be the case with SU2C. You can learn more about it here –

      And Sanditon’s final season is a triumph! I watched the entire 6 episodes as they are all available on the PBS app and I could not help myself. SOOOOO good! Enjoy! I haven’t begun Marie Antoinette yet. 🙂

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend as well. Thank you for stopping by!

  3. I always look forward to Fridays, thank you for a great post. Some questions: how can I find an archive of your book reviews and French films? Do I need to go through the old This/That’s, or is there a list for Top Tier members somewhere? Also, I am in need of cute, comfortable white tennis shoes, any ideas on which brands? I went cheap last summer and ended up with blisters after one wear, off to Goodwill! It’s snowing – again-at the Oregon coast, I will really be ready for Spring, for good! Have a great weekend!

    1. Alicia,

      Happy Friday and thank you for stopping by! You can find many of the books I recommend in TSLL’s Shop (see the menu bar, then hover over Shop, and a drop-down menu will appear – tap on Books; do the same for Francophile Finds or you can hover over French-Inspired in the menu bar and in the drop-down menu Finds is where you would click). I hope this helps. Enjoy the unique arrival of the snow this weekend on the coast. We are receiving beautiful snow at the moment – one last hurrah! 🙂

      As for the tennis shoes, shop Frankie4 – they have lovely styles of sneakers – canvas and leather, and for a chic pair of sneakers, try Veja ( or Ghoud, a popular brand with Parisians (

      1. Alicia. Shannon is spott in with her recommendations. I love Veja for their sustainability My Vejas are so comfortable and worth the price but the dye on the V logo can run a bit if it gets damp. I also wear Superga and I believe it’s a favourite of the Princess of Wales. Kameela.

        1. Alicia, I second the Superga, love mine, and I also recommend the quintessential Converse Chuck Taylor’s, a staple of Parisian streetwear.

  4. Shannon, thank you for the inclusion of the houndstooth jacket! I have a weakness for plaid/checked blazers…I think they make me feel like “Yes, I’m running my own errands, but afterwards I will be heading home to my ancient, inherited English Estate.” Oh, and taking one of my fine fillies out for a trot. Hahahahaha.

    Also will enjoy the Introvert link and thank you for the reminder of the book Sensitive, (very) possibly while whipping up that lemon crepe…
    I find with my extroverted mother moving close that I try to push my sensitive introverted boundaries, and I know this is healthy, but I sometimes just need some time to “recoup”.

    You sound so busy! Thanks for getting out there and always bringing us such delightful finds!

  5. Halloo Shannon! Just a quick pop-in to say ‘Merci Beaucoups!’ for all of the ab fab content to enjoy over the weekend:
    –Sweet Enough
    …And so much more.
    And yes, I did my happy dance and waited in truly joyous anticipation for this season’s Gardener’s World premiere, and it was brilliant! And wow, another one tomorrow!
    Love to you and the pups, enjoy cozying in for the (possibly) last snowstorm of the season❄️🍵📖. xox

  6. Oodles of books and other delights. Thank you Shannon. The book Ravenous should be on all our bookshelves if we care about how our food is produced We need to inform the producers not the other way round. Love the trailers of Juniper with the fabulous Charlotte Rampling and Great Expectations with Olivia Colman who.cannot put a foot wrong. If you do get the chance I recommend David Lean’s 1946 cinematic version with John Mills and Valerie Hobson. A classic I think it might be on Netflix .
    What a gorgeous houndstooth jacket. We Brits love the houndstooth fabric. This colour combination is unusual. Just finished reading a research article on longevity and the world record is a French woman Jeanne Calment who lived to 122 years 5 months and 14 days. ( died in 1997) She looked amazing at 120.years. The scientists cannot are on whether genetics is the main factor and says that they need more people to study aged 110 years and over!
    Enjoyed the little frisson between Ross and Prue Leith on the Great British bake off. Have a lovely weekend with the adorable Nelle and Norman in the Spring sunshine 😊

  7. A lot of great articles. I’m really looking forward to ‘Great Expectations’s. A perfect way to end my weekends.🙂

  8. So many wonderful things to ponder this week (and every week)!! Each Friday’s T&T is like getting a sweet box of yummy truffles in my email box. I always look forward to each Fridays treat, and take my time reading through, savoring each offering throughout the weekend.

    Thank you Shannon for creating this weekly inspiration!


    1. Karen,

      What a delight to read your comment. ☺️ It means a lot to hear you enjoy this regular posting so much and savor it throughout the weekend. Thank you very much for stopping and sharing all that you have. xoxo

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