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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Wilton Library Hosts "Judgment of Paris" Lecture, Wine Tasting

I love white wine… Aside from that fact, I don’t know much else about wine. As a way to spark a more serious interest in wine, I signed up for the Wilton Library‘s event with author George Taber and his book, The Judgment of Paris. The premise centers on a 1976 wine tasting which sought to […]

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Love Style Life by Garance Doré

Described as “the guardian of all style,” fashion blogger, illustrator, photographer and author Garance Doré released her first book Love Style Life last fall. Love Style Life is a treasure—there is no mystery about the title, it’s the exact summation of the book. It only makes sense that Doré’s signature of elegance, warmth and honesty—in […]

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