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Books to inspire a healthy, long life, a new art exhibit at Musée de Luxembourg, the return of two favorite series – one reality, one a cosy murder mystery, the perfect gift for the cheese lover, the premiere of a new mini-series starring Lily James, Monty’s new and updated ultimate gardening book, items for your wardrobe and table just in time for the summer season and more!
—Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer by Steven Johnson
Set to be released next Tuesday, as featured in The New York Times Magazine, and on an upcoming PBS documentary series: the surprising and important story of how humans gained what amounts to an extra life – Steven Johnson’s new book – Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer.
—The Hummingbirds’ Gift: Wonder, Beauty and Renewal on Wings by Sy Montgomery
Released this week from the New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist for The Soul of an Octopus, Sy Montgomery, her new book The Hummingbirds’ Gift introduces readers to Brenda Sherburn. “With tenderness and patience, she rescues abandoned hummingbirds and nurses them back to health until they can fly away and live in the wild. In The Hummingbird’s Gift, the extraordinary care that Brenda provides her peanut-sized patients is revealed and, in the process, shows us just how truly amazing hummingbirds are.”
—Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life by Jill Bolte Taylor
Being released next Tuesday, a new book that shifts what we thought we knew about the brain. “For half a century we have been trained to believe that our right brain hemisphere is our emotional brain, while our left brain houses our rational thinking. Now neuroscience shows that it’s not that simple: in fact, our emotional limbic tissue is evenly divided between our two hemispheres. Consequently, each hemisphere has both an emotional brain and a thinking brain. In this groundbreaking new book, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor presents these four distinct modules of cells as four characters that make up who we are: Character 1, Left Thinking; Character 2, Left Emotion; Character 3, Right Emotion; and Character 4, Right Thinking.”
While originally released twenty years ago, Monty Don’s must-have gardening tome has been updated with not only new photographs, but new tips and expertise as well. A beautiful book, and a resource for the gardener in your life (maybe that’s you!), my copy arrived just yesterday (see pic below), and I cannot wait to explore it.
—Death in Paradise, Season 10
I began watching Death in Paradise a couple of years ago following the recommendation of TSLL readers, and I have thoroughly enjoyed it ever since. A little bit British, a little bit French, the lead detective may change, and the officers too from season to season, but all of the characters are incredibly likeable and the setting gorgeous. The latest season, season 10, premiered earlier this year, and with it, many of the favorite cast members from past seasons return for a cameo or more. Check out the trailer below and find it on BritBox.
—The Pursuit of Love
Premiering this Sunday on BBC One and Amazon Prime, Emily Mortimer has adapted and directs the three-episode mini-series The Pursuit of Love starring Lily James and Emily Beecham. Based on Nancy Mitford’s three book series of the same name written and set in early 20th century Europe, the series looks to be quite the attention-grabber. Just have a look at the trailer below.
Top Chef star Gregory Gourdet’s new cookbook will be released next Tuesday, and what readers will find will be “200 mouth-watering, decadently flavorful recipes carefully designed to focus on superfoods—ingredients with the highest nutrient-density, the best fats, and the most minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants—that will delight and inspire home cooks. Gourdet’s dishes are inspired by his deep affection for global ingredients and techniques–from his Haitian upbringing to his French culinary education, from his deep affection for the cuisines of Asia as well as those of North and West Africa.”
—Brigid Linen Napkins, set of four, Sophie Conran
Having sets of linen napkins is something I have gradually been collecting over the years, and I must admit it is simple luxury to be able to go to my cupboards and select the design or fabric that would pair well with the season, the food and the company. These green and white print linen napkins would be a lovely addition.
Billie Crystal and Tiffany Haddish co-star in a poignant as well as hilarious new movie being released today. Have a look at the trailer below and look for it in theaters only.
—Women Painters: The Birth of a Battle, 1780-1830, Musée de Luxembourg
A tremendous thank you to TSLL reader Hanna who lives in Europe (Germany) for bringing to my attention a new exhibit in Paris showcasing Women Painters. While many of us may not be able to attend in person, if by chance you can explore it, I do hope you are able to attend. Open now and running through July 4th, discover “70 works on display from public and private French and international collections. The exhibition aims to bring the public’s attention to an issue about which little or nothing is known: how the then-unprecedented phenomenon of increasing numbers of women in the fine arts was linked to the changing organisation in the sphere of artistic production (administration, training, exhibition, criticism) and the transforming tastes and social practices relating to art.”
Summer and espadrille wedge sandals. I have found two that caught my eye this week and wanted to share. Each available at a different price points, Carrie Forbes’ Lina sandals have a leather sole and will last for years, add some height and keep you in style.
I highly recommend Castañer wedge sandals (having a pair of my own with the wrap ankle style), and this buckle design may be even more preferred for keeping the shoe secure without having to retie the long laces on their traditional design. (the price is a bit more affordable as well)
—Linen Slip Dress (black), The White Company
Linen and summer. The two just go together, and this dress would be a wonderful item for leisure and comfort – at home or strolling about in the sunshine.
—Taste of Europe Cheese Gift Crate, Williams-Sonoma
Whether to send to your mother for a belated gift or to someone you know would love a taste of European cheeses while they wait to travel there, Williams-Sonoma’s cheese crate would be a welcomed special arrival in my house, and maybe yours as well.
—Million Dollar Listing, New York, season 9 premiere
I am a sucker for real estate reality shows. I love to see the current trends, but now viewing it from the comfort of my own home, no longer in the hunt for a house, the viewing is far less stressful. 🙂 A new season of Million Dollar Listing, New York, premiered last night on Bravo, and this time, for the first time, they have added a female broker. Cheers to that!
—Shrill, Season 3 premiere
The third, and as it has been announced, final season of Hulu’s Shrill starring SNL’s Aidy Bryant, premieres tonight. Follow the life journey of Annie (Bryant), a woman who doesn’t want to change her body, just her life as she navigates “bad boyfriends, a sick parent, and a perfectionist boss”. Check out the trailer below.
I have been escaping to my garden whenever I am able this week, as we are shifting our school schedule yet again (the fifth time this year), and doing so (the garden, not the schedule shifting) has brought much steadiness. From transplanting squash and courgette seeds which have sprouted magnificently, potting up my two porch pots for the season with hostas, creeping jenny and begonias (they sit largely in the shade), and planting a few extra plants I picked up this past weekend in Portland, stepping outside with the boys wandering about the yard has been an absolute joy.
The beautiful weather arrived this week along with the first Farmers’ Market of the year, and sitting on the garden porch in the evening after having picked up some fresh produce (and a sweet locally made dessert from the bakery stand), listening to the birdsong as the day winds down is something I savor with great appreciation. Norman received his groom this week for the season, so he is looking quite dapper, and with help from the neighbor kids, dead-heading the butter-yellow California poppies which are now in full bloom in my rockery turned into a wonderful evening activity on Monday (they helped me weed as well – thank you!).
Needless to say, I am tickled it’s Friday, and I want to thank you for your patience as I have been a bit behind in responding to comments and emails this week, but I will be catching up with weekend. I so enjoyed all that you shared in this month’s A Cuppa Moments‘ chat, and your comments regarding M.L. Longworth’s new mystery made me smile as well (here and on IG). I do hope your week has gone well, and may the weekend be even sweeter. Thank you for stopping by this week, and may your weekend be even sweeter. Until Monday, bonne journée.
~On this Mother’s Day weekend in the states – for adult children: 3 Ways to make your mom happier [The Atlantic]
~Broadway will be opening this September! [The New York Times]
~Do you have a small living room like I do? Here are 35 living room decor ideas for small sitting room areas [Homes & Garden UK]
~France’s four-stage plan for reopening [The Local]
~A new month, a new Monty Don gardening post
~11 Habits to create a more joyful life [Country Living UK]
~Let’s talk fashion – what will the future be for post-pandemic styles? [Shondaland]
~A tremendous thank you to a TSLL reader for bringing gardener Piet Ouddf to my attention (this video was shared in winter/spring 2019)