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Book Club Monday

I found the best book for going into the holiday season. This one is definitely a buy one for yourself and buy a few for gifts as well!

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Very Merry Cocktails features more than 50 festive cocktail recipes.

This book has something for every holiday occasion, whether a kid-friendly cookie party, an elegant New Year’s Eve soirée, or a cozy night in for two.

Recipes range from timeless classics and classics with a twist to party punchbowls and zero-proof libations.

• A perfect stocking stuffer year after year
• Includes both cocktails and mocktails
• Brimming with vibrant photography

Make and enjoy seasonal drinks like Hot Buttered Rum, the Holiday Bellini, ‘Tis the Season Sangria, and Foamy Mexican Hot Chocolate.

With just the right amount of Christmas kitsch, this is an essential collection for cocktail enthusiasts, holiday hosts, and anyone who loves the holiday season.

• Packed with festive drink recipes, this book makes for a great add-on gift, stocking stuffer, or seasonal hostess gift.
• Makes a lovely addition to a holiday-themed bar cart
• Perfect for people who love Christmas and holiday drinks, merrymakers looking to get in the holiday spirit, and entertainers and hosts
• Add it to the shelf with books like The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails: The Best Nogs, Punches, Sparklers, and Mixed Drinks for Every Festive Occasion by Nick Mautone; Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks by Maria del Mar Sacasa; and The Craft Cocktail Party: Delicious Drinks for Every Occasion by Julie Reiner.

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

Book Club Monday

This week’s book club choice is L.A. Weather. It is another Reece Witherspoon pick so I was really excited to read it. And, I like the title!!! Here is the story…

FORECAST: Storm clouds are on the horizon in L.A. Weather, a fun, fast-paced novel of a Mexican-American family from the author of the #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller Esperanza’s Box of Saints

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L.A. is parched, dry as a bone, and all Oscar, the weather-obsessed patriarch of the Alvarado family, desperately wants is a little rain. He’s harboring a costly secret that distracts him from everything else. His wife, Keila, desperate for a life with a little more intimacy and a little less Weather Channel, feels she has no choice but to end their marriage. Their three daughters – Claudia, a television chef with a hard-hearted attitude; Olivia, a successful architect who suffers from gentrification guilt; and Patricia, a social media wizard who has an uncanny knack for connecting with audiences but not with her lovers – are blindsided and left questioning everything they know. Each will have to take a critical look at her own relationships and make some tough decisions along the way.

With quick wit and humor, Maria Amparo Escandón follows the Alvarado family as they wrestle with impending evacuations, secrets, deception, and betrayal, and their toughest decision yet: whether to stick together or burn it all down.

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

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!!!