Compiled by Shelley M Black, Contributing Editor
Last minute shopping?
Five captivating books to gift this holiday season (or cuddle up with yourself)!
Every Room Tells a Story – Kit Kemp
Kit and Tim Kemp are British hipsters who own a chain of boutique hotels in London and New York that routinely top international lists of top designed hotels. Kit is the design part of the team. Based in London, England, the charming and determined interior designer is known for the signature uses of colour and whimsy that mark her distinctive decorating style. In a new book, the decorator reveals the stories behind her highest-profile projects, including the Crosby Street Hotel, the Ham Yard Hotel, and the Soho Hotel. (Rizzoli)
All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
For the novel lover on your list, this is no fail: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, by Anthony Doerr (Scribner) describes in lovely, grimy details the lives of a blind French girl and a gadget-obsessed German boy before and during World War II.
Tricky Twenty-Two – Janet Evanovich
Can’t wait to find out who or what New Jersey’s Stephanie Plum is up to now? In TRICKY TWENTY-TWO, by Janet Evanovich (Bantam) Stephanie Plum pursues a fraternity member arrested for beating up a college dean and investigates a murder. But sexy Ranger or top Trenton cop Morelli…that is the real question in this mystery/romance series.
Gratitude – Oliver Sacks
At this time of year, it just feels like the right thing to focus on: Gratitude from Dr. Oliver Sacks on what it means to live a good and worthwhile life. Together, these four essays–which went viral when first published in the New York Times–form an ode to the uniqueness of each human being and to gratitude for the gift of life.
Simply Nigella – Nigella Lawson
For those of us who love food porn, we’ve been bitten by Nigella Lawson. We always await her newest. SIMPLY NIGELLA (Appetite by Random House) is about cooking food that makes our lives easier, the sort of cooking that can be incorporated into our daily lives and celebrated without any stress, food that will make everyone feel better, both in body and mind. Seems like a good idea at this time of year. She had us at Brocomoli and we love the chapter titled: Bowlfood.