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Book Club Monday

I recently saw this book and knew right away that I had to share it with you. The book highlights a selection of some of the loveliest restaurants around the globe, each with a unique story to tell. It also makes a great gift for the holidays.

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“Reflecting the international food scene, this book presents a bucket list showing today’s most inspiring gourmet experiences.”

– Amélie Vincent – The Foodalist

Chefs, gastronomy, and lifestyle are hot topics. However, finding the ultimate dining experience around the world might be challenging and can be disappointing.

From Paris (Plaza Athénée, Septime) and Mexico City (Quintonil, Lorea) to Tokyo (Den, Florilège, Sushi Saito), Amélie Vincent, also known as The Foodalist, selects 150 must-visit restaurants around the world in her latest book 150 Restaurants You Need to Visit before You Die. These culinary hotspots promise a unique experience to the diners, through exquisite menus, original designs and creative chefs.

Founder of The Foodalist Communication Agency (www.thefoodalist.com), Amélie Vincent, is an expert in revealing culinary trends worldwide. She has the world’s best chefs in her network and works with the most influential media around the world.

Thanks to her photographer eye and her experience as a culinary journalist, 150 Restaurants You Need to Visit before You Die is the ultimate bucket list for every single foodie and gourmet traveler and the sequel to the equally standout book 150 Bars You Need to Visit Before You Die.

For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE.

Book Club Monday

I just downloaded today’s book, Apples Never Fail by Laine Moriarity. This book became an instant #1 NYT’s bestseller. And if you liked Big Little Lies and 9 Perfect Strangers, you are going to LOVE this too!

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From Liane Moriarty, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers, comes Apples Never Fall, an audiobook that looks at marriage, siblings, and how the people we love the most can hurt us the deepest. The Delaney family love one another dearly – it’s just that sometimes they want to murder each other….If your mother was missing, would you tell the police? Even if the most obvious suspect was your father? This is the dilemma facing the four grown Delaney siblings.
The Delaneys are fixtures in their community. The parents, Stan and Joy, are the envy of all of their friends. They’re killers on the tennis court, and off it their chemistry is palpable. But after 50 years of marriage, they’ve finally sold their famed tennis academy and are ready to start what should be the golden years of their lives. So why are Stan and Joy so miserable?
The four Delaney children – Amy, Logan, Troy, and Brooke – were tennis stars in their own right, yet as their father will tell you, none of them had what it took to go all the way. But that’s okay, now that they’re all successful grown-ups and there is the wonderful possibility of grandchildren on the horizon.
One night a stranger named Savannah knocks on Stan and Joy’s door, bleeding after a fight with her boyfriend. The Delaneys are more than happy to give her the small kindness she sorely needs. If only that was all she wanted.
Later, when Joy goes missing, and Savannah is nowhere to be found, the police question the one person who remains: Stan. But for someone who claims to be innocent, he, like many spouses, seems to have a lot to hide. Two of the Delaney children think their father is innocent, two are not so sure – but as the two sides square off against each other in perhaps their biggest match ever, all of the Delaneys will start to reexamine their shared family history in a very new light
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For more information or to order this book, click HERE.

Book Club Monday…

Who is ready for a thriller? Our Book Club is back and this week’s book is The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. I have started listening to many of my books on audible and I am loving this change. This book is particularly great on audible because you get an added bonus..an interview with the author. I am in the middle of it right now and I cannot stop!! Here is the story:

The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband – and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive. 

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening, her husband, Gabriel, returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word.  

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Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London. 

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations – a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….

For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE.

Book Club Monday

This week’s Book Club choice is Behind the Bid,  Li-En Chong’s hilarious #OwnVoices debut –  that reveals the secretive, elite world of high-end auctions, where class identity determines the rules.

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Based on Chong’s eight years of experiences at Hong Kong-based international auction houses, Behind the Bid spins a laugh-out-loud, witty tale of what it takes to get to the top when you are weighed down with baggage that isn’t bespoke exotic leather. “Each incident and character in Behind the Bid holds a kernel of truth,” Chong explains, “Sometimes downplayed to seem more believable!”

A must-read for fans of Crazy Rich Asians and The Devil Wears Prada, luxury, ambition, and snark shine in this witty examination of wealth and excess. “Ambition requires a degree of ruthlessness and in women, it is too often criticized as aggressiveness,” Chong says, “I also wanted to address the stereotype of the docile Asian woman in a light-hearted way.”

Let’s all get together and read this book and then we can ask the author to speak to us via Zoom to answer our questions or to tell us some funny anecdotes like the time she cracked an exquisite sapphire ring. Click HERE to purchase the kindle or book or for more information!!!

Author Laurie Gelman Celebrates the Release of Her New Book, Yoga Pant Nation

Best-selling author, Laurie Gelman, celebrated the release of her new book Yoga Pant Nation, at a private residence in Watermill, NY. Hosted by Laurie’s husband producer Michael Gelman and Ali Wentworth, family, celebrity friends, and supporters were in attendance to share in the celebration of Laurie Gelman and the third installment of her Class Mom series.

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About Yoga Pant Nation:

The hilarious and irreverent Jen Dixon is a class mom—again—in YOGA PANT NATION (Henry Holt and Company; 978-1-2507-7757-7; $26.99; Hardcover) by Laurie Gelman. In the third book of the Class Mom series, Jen’s final year as a class mom is a breeze until the PTA president asks her to champion the school’s annual fundraiser, a notoriously challenging job which, as we know, is right up Jen’s alley.

It’s pretty much mayhem as Jen deals with a temperamental fundraising committee, the Hindenburg of bake sales, and countless other natural and unnatural disasters that deter her from reaching her goal of raising $10,000. She is also dealing with her ten-year-old son Max, who may or may not be a fifth-grade bully.

But outside of William Taft Elementary, Jen’s life is good, even if she and her daughter Vivs don’t see eye-to-eye on the whole parenting thing. She’s a grandma for the first time to two-year-old Maude who is, by Jen’s description, “delightful and delicious.” And she’s taking her love of spinning to the next level by attempting to become an instructor and finding an unlikely ally in her husband Ron’s crazy ex-wife Cindy.

As ever, when life gets crazy, humor is Jen’s best stress relief. Her acerbic emails to the class parents and friendly spars with her daughter over how organic is organic enough for baby food will have readers laughing out loud and texting Jen’s best lines to their friends.

For more information or to order this book, click HERE.

Book Club Monday

Today’s book club choice is The Midnight Library but Matt Haig. This book first was published back in September and it quickly moved to the NYT’s Best Seller List and right now is #4 on Amazon’s charts of the most read book on the site!!!! Here is the story:

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“A feel-good book guaranteed to lift your spirits.”—The Washington Post 

A New York Times bestseller | Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction | A Good Morning America Book Club Pick!

“Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?” 

A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time.

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place. – Amazon.com

For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE.