Sometimes, we’ll go out on the town only to spend much of the night pushing our way through piles of people in an attempt to reach the bar. Then, when we finally get the bartender’s attention, we can’t even think of a drink we want him to make. For a change of pace, we’re going to stay at home a little more often and, over the course of the year, test the drink recipes in Food & Wine Cocktails 2009. With concoctions like a five-spice margarita and something called the “Big O” designed by top mixologists, plus party food recipes, we won’t need to leave our apartment to have a good time. Well, except to stock the bar. [$10.17, Amazon]
We’re giving away three copies of Food & Wine Cocktails ’09, but you have to work if you want to know how to make delicious drinks. The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, June 5 through Thursday, June 11 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
Drop that Aristotle and Dostoevsky immediately. The best part of summer? Cheesy beach books!
You know what sort of books I’m talking about … those fantastically trashy books that you can’t put down but are ashamed to tell people that you’ve read. Yep, we obsessively read those, too. So stop trudging through War and Peace now and pick up one of these guilty-pleasure beach reads. Keep reading »
Originally published in 1924, The Week-End Book, edited by Francis Meynell, is a sort of almanac for free time that’s been re-printed with its original illustrations. Inside, you’ll find guides for identifying flowers, recipes, musical scores for folk songs, etiquette tips, and first aid instructions.
Our favorite part is the “Qualities” chart on the back cover that catalogs your friends’ traits, like beauty, brains, and tact, and helps you remember why you keep hanging out with that always-late friend. In addition to its fun, throwback appeal, the book is lovely (and kinda sentimental) to keep on a side table. [$14, Amazon] Keep reading »
Calvin Klein once said, “Models aren’t supposed to think.” We wonder what he’s thinking now that his former poster girl, Kate Moss, is penning an autobiography that’s suspected to be a deep reflection on her career and relationships. Moss isn’t the first model to tell her story. Famed catwalkers like Iman and Janice Dickinson have published books, as well, proving that models have dishy stories to share — and can write. After the jump, four books by models to keep you satiated until Moss’s release.
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Kate Moss has agreed to write a “no-holds barred” autobiography, which will be published by Virgin Books. Richard Branson, who has been friends with Kate since she was 15 and owns a stake in Virgin Books, says the book will contain not only salacious details about Kate’s life, but also anecdotes about her celebrity friends. The book deal, which is valued at an estimated $1.5 million, was agreed upon way back in 2006, but publication was delayed to let Kate repair her reputation after she got busted on camera snorting cocaine.
After the jump, the questions we want Kate to answer. If they’re not addressed, we’ll expect a full refund from Barnes & Noble. Keep reading »
Earth Day is next Wednesday, and it’s high time you start realizing where the stuff you toss in your garbage can goes, because it doesn’t just vanish. In Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash, author Elizabeth Royte explores what happens to the things you throw away, and what you should be doing to avoid making our planet one big landfill. [$10.19, Amazon]
We’re giving away five copies of Elizabeth Royte’s book Garbage Land, but you have to work if you want it. The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, April 17 through Thursday, April 23 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
Ahh, travel. Ahh, mothers. The two go hand-in-hand in this illustrated travel diary documenting 22-year-old Lucy Knisley’s month-long trip to Paris with her mother. In addition to Knisley’s adorable sketches and doodles (she went to art school), French Milk features photographs of the many adventures she and her mother have. She writes about graduating from school, heading into adulthood, her first love, and developing a grownup bond with her mom. A genuinely easy and fun read. [$10.20, Amazon] Keep reading »
One of our favorite blogs from the past year is Postcards From Yo Momma, which features reader submitted notes, emails, letters, and texts from real mothers. And as is the trend these days, the blog has now been turned into a book called, Love, Mom: Poignant, Goofy, Brilliant Messages from Home, edited by Doree Shafir and Jessica Grose. It’s the perfect gift for Mom this Mother’s Day, obviously, but it’s also great for a laugh, especially if you’re lucky enough to have a mom who emails gems like:
“I know you don’t much like Oprah, but she had an interesting segment last night about “gas”, and what can be done about it. Two things I remember are eating more slowly (that lets less air in through your mouth when you are in the process of eating), and cutting down on carbonated beverages while you are eating…. Okay, I’ll stop now.”
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Every Thursday, we watch “The Millionaire Matchmaker” on Bravo, mostly for Patti Stanger, the matchmaker herself. Stanger runs the Millionaire’s Club, an LA-based matchmaking service for, you guessed it, millionaires. Since we’re not trying to land in a millionaire’s bed, or get a 1,000-karat diamond ring on our finger (though we wouldn’t protest), we mostly watch for Stanger’s crazy/funny/often true advice, which is exactly what her book Become Your Own Matchmaker: Eight Easy Steps for Attracting Your Perfect Mate contains. [$19.95, BravoTV.com]
We’re giving away five copies of Patti Stanger’s book, but you have to work if you want it. The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, March 20 through Thursday, March 26 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
We recommended Leanne Shapton’s new book Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry to you last month, but if you’re so super-duper lazy that you can’t even read what’s essentially a picture book with captions, then you can always wait for the movie. Variety reports that Natalie Portman and Brad Pitt will star in the roles of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris in a romantic comedy produced by the two stars’ companies.
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