The Phantom of Fifth Avenue by Meryl Gordon

A great pick for glamour addicts in love with the Gilded Age  We all know the Rockefellers, the Vanderbilts and the Astors—but what happened to the Clarks? Written by Meryl Gordon, the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach, her latest novel examines the history of heiress Huguette Clark, the daughter of copper magnate and U.S. … Continue reading The Phantom of Fifth Avenue by Meryl Gordon

F is for France, a Curious Cabinet of French Wonders by Piu Eatwell

For Francophiles and travel lovers looking for new icebreakers As much as I love reading historical fiction and biographies, it’s always nice to switch to lighter novels every once in a while. F is for France was sitting pretty on the “Featured Books” shelf at my local library—I took it as a sign to check out right away. Each chapter dissects France’s culture in perfect … Continue reading F is for France, a Curious Cabinet of French Wonders by Piu Eatwell

A Chic Reading List for Francophiles

A few weeks back, I spotted a fellow Francophile at the local coffee shop reading Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes. I gently interrupted her to ask how she liked the book so far—she smiled and said that she enjoyed it very much since she was missing Paris after a recent visit. I asked her if she had pursued any other parisienne reading. … Continue reading A Chic Reading List for Francophiles

The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont

On my most recent trip to the bookstore, I furiously paced shelf to shelf, genre to genre, trying to decide what I wanted to read. The Starboard Sea was a shelf or two above a book of short stories about romantic flings and affairs in Paris. The black and white cover and the red, embossed title on the binding stood out among the busier, bolder … Continue reading The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont

Making Monte Carlo by Mark Braude

I am fascinated by cities, particularly ones with a rich history of trade and commerce. Initially, it sounds like a very shallow world interest, but there is something to be said for examining cities. Although these destinations are typically tourist meccas, they are associated with tangled complexities of elitist glamour and poverty; pretentious airs and meek acceptance; and unreal manufactured wonders and brutal hurts. Some … Continue reading Making Monte Carlo by Mark Braude

Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire

Reading about the scientific breakdown of the creative mind is weird. Kaufman and Gregoire’s Wired to Create highlights the Ten Things Highly Creative People Do Creatively and artfully weaves anecdotes of geniuses and prodigies alongside scientific studies and theories throughout the book.  Examining complex persons such as Kerouac, Edison, Matisse and the like makes Wired to Create an interesting read in itself—combine that with studies analyzing the relationship between … Continue reading Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire