Kleenex ready? Because it sure looks like Sad Keanu has inspired a book. In April, Keanu Reeves released the book, Ode To Happiness, along with artist Alexandra Grant. Made up of grayscale images and lettering that looks it might have been smeared by tears, each page contains an uplifting thought like, “I draw a hot sorrow bath. In my despair room.” The words on the final page of the tome? “It can always be worse.”
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Some books mean so much to us — and have such pretty covers — that we want to draw more attention to them beyond just lining them up on a book shelf. This clever book picture frame as both a way to store your favorite tomes and display them as wall art. And wouldn’t the easy access come in handy the next time you have a desperate need to quote, say, Atticus Finch’s advice to Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird or read a sex scene out loud from Jackie Collins’ Lucky? Okay, maybe that last one is just something we would do — during a dinner party, for example — but you get the point. What books would you frame?
We’re not into dense and heavy tomes during the summer months. Co-published by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, American Fashion Travel: Designers on the Go is just the type of lighthearted and engaging reading we want. This stylish scrapbook features personal anecdotes, photos, and memorabilia from America’s best-known fashion designers. Plus, it’ll look gorg sitting on your coffee table!
Looking for a hot scandal-ish read to crack on the beach this weekend? Tamar Cohen’s debut novel, The Mistress’s Revenge, is the juiciest book we’ve read in ages and its subject matter is particularly intriguing at a time when a high profile man is busted cheating nearly every week. Cohen’s protagonist, Sally, had an affair with married Clive for five years, but he dumped her in order to refocus on his wife and kids. The novel looks at the unraveling of a mistress scorned, reveling in the fascinating, disturbing, and, well, kind of entertaining ways in which “an otherwise sane woman” can go a wee bit coo-coo-bananas when her heart has been broken. If you’ve ever been brutally dumped and, say, daydreamed about keying his car — or worse! — this book will both titillate and calm those urges. Think “Fatal Attraction” in book form. Sharp, funny writing — not to mention an unexpected twist at the end — make The Mistress’s Revenge the ultimate summer page-turner.
In case you were considering getting hitched at some point in your life, a new book by historian, Pamela Haag, wants to remind you that the reality of marriage ain’t so pretty. Marriage Confidential, which explores modern marriage through research, surveys, and first person accounts, found that more than 30 percent of people wish they never took the plunge at all and that more than half of married folks want to have an affair. According to Haag, technology, work stress, parenthood, and the shifting roles of men and women are changing what marriage looks like for most of us and it’s not looking so hot. This is very encouraging information for the single among us. It makes me feel more motivated than ever to run out and find a mate. If “the semihappy marriage” — the most promising amongst the five kinds of modern marriages Haag profiles– is the best I have to look forward to, I think I’ll pass. Marrieds out there, please chime in. Give me hope. Are you more than semihappy? [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »
Thank you notes are kind of a lost art, and that’s why writer Leah Dieterich has made it her mission to bring ‘em back. In her new book, Thx Thx Thx: Thank Goodness for Everything, she lovingly pays homage to all the things she’s thankful for, from the big to small. In the book, Dieterich writes a thank you note a day, to everything from her ponytail (for keeping her hair out of her face) to her ring finger (for being just as powerful without jewelry on it as with it). We could all use a little more gratitude in our lives, wouldn’t you say?