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  • Sarah Skilton 3:30 pm on 2018/03/26 Permalink
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    10 Perfect Picks to Book Club With Your Mom This Mother’s Day 

    Brunch is great, chocolates and flowers are lovely, but for a gift that keeps you talking (and debating) long after Mother’s Day, consider buying a book for your mom, and a copy for yourself, for a buddy read that celebrates your bond. These recent selections center on fascinating women both real and fictional—and discussing them may even inspire you to learn something new about the woman who raised you.

    Love and Ruin, by Paula McLain
    After depicting the life of Hadley Richardson in her bestselling The Paris Wife, McLain sets her sights on Hemingway’s third wife, acclaimed war correspondent Martha Gellhorn. Her connection to Hemingway begins in Key West, Florida, in the late 1930s and ramps up against the invigorating, terrible backdrop of the Spanish Civil War. Two stars are on the rise—journalist and novelist, equal in skill—but one must eclipse the other. 

    Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World, by Eileen McNamara
    Overshadowed by her brothers’ political fortune and fame, Eunice Kennedy Shriver quietly and determinedly forged her own path in a world that wasn’t looking at her. Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Eileen McNamara (The Boston Globe) aims to change that with a book that turns the spotlight on Eunice’s accomplishments and struggles, notably her desire to help children and persons with mental disabilities. As a founder of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, as well as Camp Shriver (which evolved into the Special Olympics), Eunice improved the lives of countless Americans and people all over the world.

    The Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer
    Wolitzer’s timely new book combines elements of her previous bestsellers The Interestings (with its theme of youthful expectations versus the realities of middle age) and The Wife (a dark tale of subverted female ambition). The central relationship in Persuasion is between Greer Kadetsky, a young, shy, liberal arts–educated woman, and her mentor, Faith Frank, a 60-something pioneer of the feminist movement. Greer’s childhood sweetheart and best friend have their own compelling narratives as well, and the quartet of fully realized characters will pull you in even as the connections between them are at risk of being torn apart. 

    Varina, by Charlies Frazier
    As was his stunning, National Book Award–winning Cold Mountain (also a film starring Nicole Kidman and Jude Law), Varina is set during the Civil War. The novel is structured as an oral memoir by its titular heroine, Jefferson Davis’s much-younger wife, whose views of the conflict did not necessarily match those of the Confederate President. Little has been written about the First Lady of the Confederacy, and the story depicted here is full of rich and often unexpected details about the antebellum south, as well as Varina’s post–Civil War life in New York. 

    Alternate Side, by Anna Quindlen
    A bestselling novelist (Miller’s ValleyObject Lessons) and advice giver (A Short Guide to a Happy LifeBeing Perfect), Quindlen centers her latest novel on an elite neighborhood in Manhattan. Nora and Charlie Nolan and the rest of their secluded, close-knit community, are thrown into chaos when an act of violence with racial undertones forces them to take stock of who and what they really are. This provocative new novel will provide fodder for many conversations to come.

    You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories, by Curtis Sittenfeld
    In her first collection of short stories, bestselling novelist Sittenfeld’s talent for lifting the curtain on the apparent successes of others is on full display. Protagonists irritated by social media perfection and chipper volunteers (not to mention the politics of the day) are fully relatable and lovable in their snarkiness. If you enjoyed “The Prairie Wife” (first published in the New Yorker last year), in which a wife and mother considers upending the perfect social media empire of a former love, you’ll adore the nine additional tales waiting for you here.

    Far from the Tree, by Robin Benway
    A young adult novel with infinite crossover appeal, this National Book Award winner twines the stories of three teens connected by a birth mother, who meet for the first time after middle sister Grace gives up her own baby for adoption. Youngest child Maya is dealing with issues herself, as her adoptive family disintegrates under the force of her mother’s alcoholism, and Joaquin, the only one of the three who wasn’t adopted as a baby, finds himself detonating the good things in his life, pulling away from both his beloved girlfriend and the foster parents who want to adopt him. Benway examines love, belonging, and different definitions of family through a delicate network of connections—platonic and romantic, blood and otherwise—as the three work up the courage to seek out the mother who cut off all contact when she gave them away.

    An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones
    Newlyweds Roy and Celestial find their marriage tested after a cruel twist of fate sends Roy to prison in another state for a crime he didn’t commit. As the years of separation drag on, Celestial turns to her friend since childhood, Andre, for comfort, and Andre’s perspective provides new insight into her painful situation. Letters sent between husband and wife further illuminate this incredible contemporary study of marriage, loyalty, and racial injustice. A thoughtfully rendered, realistic drama that will have you desperate to discuss it the moment you reach the end.

    Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions, by Mario Giordano (translated by John Brownjohn)
    Determined to spend her twilight years drinking wine and enjoying the beauty of Sicily, sixty-year-old Auntie Poldi, a former costume designer with a wide variety of wigs, quickly discovers that a relaxing retirement is not in the cards. Eager to solve the mystery of her handyman’s disappearance, she throws herself into the official search, despite her lack of investigative credentials. It doesn’t hurt that the lead detective, Vito Montana, is dashingly handsome. The first in a decidedly cozy series, Lions is filled with humor, heart, and stunning locales.

    A Fine Romance, by Candice Bergen
    With the most welcome news of a Murphy Brown revival, it’s a perfect time to read series star Bergen’s second memoir from 2016 (her first memoir, Knock Wood, came out in 1984, several years before she landed her most iconic role). The romance of the title refers to a lullaby Bergen would sing her daughter, Chloe, the product of Bergen’s marriage to the late, great filmmaker Louis Malle (Au Revoir Les Enfants; My Dinner with Andre). With good-humored, honest prose, fun name-drops, and self-deprecation, Bergen reflects on her extraordinary life, including plenty of surprises regarding her relationships. For one thing, her father, puppet master Edgar Bergen, didn’t leave her an inheritance—but he did provide for his ventriloquist doll, Charlie McCarthy. She juggled motherhood, widowhood, and TV stardom during a time of social and political upheaval (remember Dan Quayle?), and she presents as both an aspirational and relatable figure to women and moms everywhere.

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  • BN Editors 7:30 pm on 2018/03/21 Permalink
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    7 Ways to Build a Better Easter Basket 

    Kids love Easter baskets—and, if truth be told, we do, too! To make them as much fun to put together as they are to unpack, we have some tips from the Easter basket experts at Barnes & Noble to help you Spring into Easter! 

    1. Share Books with Little Bunnies

    Start with a children’s classic that speaks to the season but will be a year-round favorite, like the Pat the Bunny Board Book. Or choose from a wide selection of other Easter board and picture books.

    2. Invite Everyone’s Favorite Rabbit

    As his recent appearance on the big screen proves, Beatrix Potter’s playful Peter Rabbit never grows old. What youngster wouldn’t love our GUND Classic Peter Rabbit Plush? For more bunny fun, shop our Peter Rabbit boutique!

    3. Find Adventures for Beginning Readers 

    Every season is reading season—a good time to encourage young book lovers with new tales. Try Pete the Cat’s Big Easter Adventure, or check out the best current releases for older kids.

    4. Don’t Forget Easter Fun & Games

    From Hatchimals CollEGGtibles to a wide variety of other toys, games, and activities, Barnes & Noble is your go-to place for basket-building fun.

    5. Plant Seeds of Spring

    Our Organic Sunflower Grow Kit is the perfect way to add a touch of spring to your Easter giving. For a limited time, you can get any Organic Grow Kit for just $7.95 with the purchase of any item, while supplies last.

    6. Rejoice! 

    Of course, Easter is a time for rejoicing and reflection, too. Patricia A. Pingry’s Easter Story is an excellent picture book introduction to the meaning of the holy day. Don’t miss our selection of more inspirational religious books.

    7. Remember the Thought That Always Counts

    A Barnes & Noble Gift Card is the perfect addition to complete your Easter basket!


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  • Ross Johnson 5:00 pm on 2017/12/29 Permalink
    Tags: david zinczenko, fresh starts, Home & Seasonal, , keenan mayo, meditation for fidgety skeptics, melissa hartwig, , , the super metabolism diet, the whole30 fast & easy cookbook, the wisdom of sundays: life-changing insights from super soul conversations   

    7 Books for a New Year, New You 

    January is almost here! Now’s the time to get your resolutions on the fast-track with 7 books that will help you achieve a happier, healthier 2018.

    The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook: 150 Simply Delicious Everyday Recipes for Your Whole30, by Melissa Hartwig
    Whole30 is all the buzz lately when it comes to fitness and healthy eating, refining a diet style based around eating unprocessed foods with minimal carbs, and eliminating sugars and alcohol. Which will be a lot easier now that the holidays are over, am I right? This new cookbook focuses on convenience, with recipes from Whole30 co-creator Hartwig designed to get you feeling right with minimal time in the kitchen.

    Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book, by Dan Harris, Carlye Adler, and Jeffrey Warren
    Science has begun to back up the promise of meditation, with benefits that many of us could be enjoying. There are a lot of barriers, though, from misconceptions to confusion about where to begin. ABC News anchor Harris teams up here with meditation teacher Warren to take a cross-country journey exploring some of the myths that keep people from trying it out and interviewing people who’d like to try about why they haven’t. From it all emerges some simple, practical instructions about how to get started and why.

    The Whole30 Day by Day: Your Daily Guide to Whole30 Success, by Melissa Hartwig
    If you’ve started on the Whole30 program of eating minimally processed foods and cutting out sugars, or if you’re just interested, this book is designed to make it easy. It’s intended by program co-creator Hartwig as a daily guidebook to healthy eating; sort of like a portable eating coach. It’s got day-to-day reminders, tips, guidelines, as well as inspiration and ideas for tracking your progress and staying motivated.

    Bobby Flay Fit: 200 Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle, by Bobby Flay, Stephanie Banyas, and Sally Jackson
    Bobby Flay’s method here is less about eliminating anything from your diet, and more about making the most of each meal. The idea being that you can make satisfying, flavorful recipes using lean protein, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables by knowing how to use your spice drawer. The balanced recipes utilize low-calorie flavor enhancers like rubs and marinades to jazz up meals, and Flay also offers up some satisfying breakfast, snacks, and smoothies as well as some fitness tips to keep your energy up and the weight off.

    The Little Book of Lykke: Secrets of the World’s Happiest People, by Meik Wiking
    Inspired by the happiness habits of his homeland of Denmark, Wiking set out to discover not just what makes Danes so generally happy, but what secrets could be found in other parts of the world. Focusing on six factors—togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust, and kindness—Wiking looks at what makes people content and satisfied all over the world, whether it’s by savoring a meal or dancing a tango. It’s full of tips based on Wiking’s journeys and research into what makes people happy, and how we can apply those lessons to our own lives.

    The Super Metabolism Diet: The Two-Week Plan to Ignite Your Fat-Burning Furnace and Stay Lean for Life!, by David Zinczenko and Keenan Mayo
    Eat This, Not That! author Zinczenko joins Keenan Mayo to provide a complete guide to getting your metabolism going in 2018. Many of us are feeling pretty sluggish this time of year, so it’s a good time to get things cranking. The book includes recipes and menus for keeping that engine going in-between meals, along with shopping guides and workouts. The focus is on balanced proteins and carbs as a way to feel full and full of energy.

    The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations, by Oprah Winfrey
    Going beyond just our bodies in 2018, Oprah’s new book collects some of the most extraordinary moments of insight and inspiration from her Super Soul Sunday television show. Authors, teachers, writers, and celebrities—people like Shonda Rhimes, Thich Nhat Hanh, Wayne Dyer, and Arianna Huffington share what they’ve learned about finding purpose and making connections in a busy world. The book includes several photographs, as well as an intimate essay from Oprah herself.

    What’s on your new you to-do list?

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  • Madina Papadopoulos 3:00 pm on 2017/09/27 Permalink
    Tags: allie ogg, anne e. briated, cheese & beer, , goodnight brew: a parody for beer people, Home & Seasonal, janet fletcher, jeff alworth, joshua m. bernstein, patrick dawson, the american craft beer cookbook: 155 recipes from your favorite brewpubs and breweries, the beer bible, the complete beer course: boot camp for beer geeks, vintage beer: a taster's guide to brews that improve over tiime   

    Celebrate Oktoberfest by Drinking Up Beer Books 

    The second half of September through the beginning of October rings in the fun folk festival of Oktoberfest. The tradition originates from Germany, and the beer-drinking party is so popular that it has spread through many cities around the world. For those who caught the beer bug at the festival, or for those who can’t make it out, celebrate Oktoberfest in the comfort of your own home with a generous serving of books and beer.

    The Beer Bible,by Jeff Alworth
    Just beginning your beer adventures? bee The Beer Bible is a great place to start. Beer expert and author Jeff Alworth artfully pens the big book of beers and explains all beers—breaking the book up into four sections (ales, lagers, wheat beers, tart & wild ales) and then delving into the taste, process, and history of each brew. Though the book discusses complex subjects, Alworth’s tone is inviting—just like a satisfying pint.

    The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes, by Joshua M. Bernstein
    Swishing, sniffing, and sipping are usually reserved for wine tastings. But tasting beer can also be quite profound (and much less intimidating). As the title of this book promises, The Complete Beer Course will take readers from newbie to connoisseur in 12 tasting classes. The book is available in hardcover—the beers are sold separately.

    Cheese & Beer, by Janet Fletcher
    With The Beer Bible and The Complete Beer Course under your belt, it’s now time to take enjoyment of beer to the next level: pairing. Pairing a certain drink with a certain food creates a mix in the mouth that draws particular characteristics out of each. And honestly, which food is better to pair than cheese? After explaining the tenets of pairing, this appetizing book takes on the beautiful task of telling readers exactly which beers to pair with which cheeses.

    The American Craft Beer Cookbook: 155 Recipes from Your Favorite Brewpubs and Breweries, by John Holl
    Beyond pairing beer with food, cooking with beer can also be a delicious adventure. Prolific food and beer writer John Holl serves up 155 dishes that have been shared by beloved brewpubs and breweries. With recipes like American Wheat Beer Steamed Clams and Chocolate Jefferson Stout Cupcakes, this book is ideal for the beer aficionado and experimental chef alike.

    Vintage Beer: A Taster’s Guide to Brews That Improve Over Time, by Patrick Dawson
    This book makes a great addition to a veteran beer drinker’s collection. Taking on the cryptic world of aged beer, it discusses what brews make great vintages, how to find them, and what to look for when tasting them. The author even gives a guide to creating a home beer cellar, complete with which beers to buy and the process of how to age beer.

    Goodnight Brew: A Parody for Beer People, by Ann E. Briated and Allie Ogg
    While this book is a play on the classic children’s story, Goodnight Moon, this parody is intended for a slightly older readers (ideally those 21 and over). It includes clever lines like, “goodnight, wildebeest and yeast”, and playful illustrations like pictures on the wall of ‘chocolate stout’. While it won’t put beer lovers to sleep, it will put them in a good mood. Best when read aloud to a group of beer-loving friends over a pint.

    What books are you raising this Oktoberfest?

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  • Holly Ashworth 4:14 pm on 2015/04/07 Permalink
    Tags: fresh flowers, , Home & Seasonal, , , ,   

    Give Your Mother the Gift of Fresh Flowers 

    Now that the long winter finally looks like it’s behind us, everyone’s in the mood to celebrate spring—and the moms in your life are no exception. Luckily, Mother’s Day is May 10, which gives you a great opportunity to delight your favorite mom with one of these beautiful presents. She may enjoy it even more than she enjoys the nice weather.

    Fresh Flowers Collection Lightweight Wool Blend Scarf
    This pattern on this scarf was designed by painter and gardener Julie Paton. It adds a beautiful splash of spring to any outfit. It arrives tied in a complementary blue bow, ready for a deserving mom to unwrap and enjoy for many springs to come.

    Cracked Egg Candle in a Nest—Set of 3
    This set of candles is so precious, moms may want to keep them forever instead of lighting them. Which makes sense to us—they’ll add a little spring to home decor year after year. The eggs are packaged in a Kraft box with raffia bow, and they sit on a natural raffia nest.

    Fresh Flowers Straw Market Tote with Fabric Wrap & Bow
    Springtime means storing away your winter purse and pulling out a lighter and brighter one, and we can’t imagine a bag that’s more perfect for the season than this one. The straw is handwoven and adorned with a beautiful fabric wrap and bow with a pattern by Julie Paton. We love the complementary polka-dot fabric in the interior. Moms may not want to let go of these bags until well into next winter.

    Blue Robin’s Egg French Milled Soaps in Apothecary Jar
    This set’s half-dozen soaps are the same size and color as real robins’ eggs, and thankfully, these won’t hatch. They arrive in a glass apothecary jar and sit on a raffia nest, and they smell of chamomile and meadowsweet extracts. Your mom can set them next to her sink, on her coffee table, or anywhere else, bringing a hint of springtime to the room.

    Fresh Flowers Collection Pen & Pencil Boxed Set
    For the mother who still values the art of handwriting (which, we think, is all mothers): a pen-and-pencil set that will freshen up all of her correspondence this spring. The box and pen are decorated with lively floral prints by Julie Paton, and the mechanical pencil comes in a charming polka-dot pattern. We hope she doesn’t use up all of the ink writing your thank-you note.

    Fresh Flowers Gardening Tool Set
    Know any moms who garden? Give them a flower print to enjoy while they cultivate some flowers of their own. The set comes with a trowel, shears, and a fork, all made out of stainless steel and aluminum and in a matching floral pattern. They’ll add pops of color to any garden.

    Tulip Votive Candles in a Box – Set of 4
    These floral-scented candles are as fragrant and colorful as a bouquet of real flowers, and they’ll last longer. That is, if Mom can resist lighting and enjoying them all at once. The set of blue, yellow, red, and purple candles comes packaged in a small blue carton and will add some pretty spring color to any room in the house.

    Fresh Flowers Flexi Cover Journal
    The perfect complement to our pen and pencil set, or a lovely gift on its own. The notes and thoughts of your favorite mom will be secure in this beautiful journal, comprised of 160 blank pages. And to keep her writing extra safe, there’s a matching elastic closure and pocket on the inside back cover.

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