So winter activities only made it to a draft format. There were activities, but there was work--and an inability to get it all done. It's spring, so it's time to do better. As rain streaks the window in front of me, I'm committing to sharing more of what is out there. So here is what you can look forward to in coming days and weeks: All the Light We Cannot See, an outing to Queens and The French Workshop, Emily Dickinson at The Morgan, a new French children's bookstore, the Whitney Biennial and whatever else we can experience and fit into a busy schedule. Good problems!
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Our bookshelves feature an eclectic mix of the new and the old, fiction and non-fiction. Our ratings try and classify how the book may fit into your reading repertoire: book club, alone, get me through this flight, etc.
All The Light We Cannot See
Author: Anthony Doerr
Year of Release: 2014
I resisted reading this book for a while--until a friend recommended the book strongly. I have read many books set during World War II over the years. And I thought there simply could not be a new telling of this tale. I was wrong.
The Improbability of Love
Author: Hannah Rothschild
Year of Release: 2015
The Improbability of Love is like a well-made scone, not too sweet, not too dense but just perfect with a cup of coffee or two. My only complaint is that it wraps up a bit too fast -- like an editor got overly concerned with page count--and the title is a mouthful.
The 2017 Whitney Biennial
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York, NY
Through June 11
The 2017 Biennial is not an aesthetic pleasure. It's jarring and amazing, confounding and curious. Even the art that appears beautiful on the surface has a hidden dark side, like the title image above that features people trapped in an elevator, fighting off bugs.
The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson
The Morgan Library
New York City
Closing May 28
Author: Thomas Keller
Year of Release: 2012
Mom's Homemade Gyoza
Pretty Delicious: Lean and Lovely Recipes for a Healthy, Happy You
Author: Candice Kumai
Year of Release: February 2011
A simple, tasty dinner to make at home alone or a great one to get friends to help you with.
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Bali Blue Moon Organic
Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies
Parmigiano-Reggiano, DOP May 2010
Les Femmes Truffles