Banana Rose by Natalie Goldberg
Cooking for Mr. Latte by Amanda Hesser
Amanda Hesser is a consummate foodie and long time food writer for the New York Times. This book is her recounting of her courtship and eventual engagement and marriage to her now husband, and it includes fabulous recipes. Hesser is one of those writers you either love or hate, as she can get awfully uppity about her foodie knowledge and standards, but I happen to love her. I loved this book and it is another one a read multiple times over. Think Sex and the City meets Top Chef; if you're into that kind of thing and don't mind a little good old-fashioned NYC restaurant snobbery, you'll love this book.
Too Perfect: When Being in Control Gets Out of Control by Jeannette Dewyze and Allan Mallinger
Had to add a self-help title, as I am a lover of this genre through and through. This book is life-changing if you or anyone you know has A-type, obsessive tendencies. Since this pretty much describes me and my whole family, every single page of this book was like a lightbulb going off for me. This book is all about recognizing and acknowledging that behavior and then LETTING. IT. GO. I am hard pressed to think of a woman in my life who wouldn't benefit from reading this, and I frankly want to buy a box of these books and just hand them out to almost everyone I know, as well as strangers on the street who look stressed out. If you have any obsessiveness in you at all, click the link above and purchase this book immediately. You can thank me later.
I'm between books right now and eager to dive into a new one. Snow will be falling soon and there is just nothing better than curling up on a cold night with a good book. I would love recommendations for what my next reading venture ought to be!
What is your favorite book to unwind reading?
What life-changing book would you recommend this holiday season?
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