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What to Read: The particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

What to Read: The particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

I love Aimee Bender’s writing.  And like everything she writes, The particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is fantastic. Like her short stories, this book is both magical, and somber.  She creates beautifully detailed characters who are simultaneously relatable and fantastical. Rose Edelstein is nine years old when we meet her, and it’s at this tender age that she … Continue reading

What to Read: The Secret History

What to Read: The Secret History

The Secret History by Donna Tartt is one of my all time favorite books. The epic is over 500 pages, but once I turned the first one i couldn’t stop until I got to the last. The tale begins with a California teenager who is drawn to the glamour of an exclusive, private boarding school … Continue reading

Reading List: Shut Up I’m Talking

Reading List: Shut Up I’m Talking

Today’s Tip: Shut Up I’m Talking: and other diplomacy lessons I learned in the Israeli Government If you’ve ever been to Israel and were baffled by some of the cultural norms: rarely hearing anyone say hello or thank you, a seemingly total lack of customer service – then you’ll like this book. Gregory Levey tells his … Continue reading

The mysterious curse of room 235b

The mysterious curse of room 235b

I felt optimistic as I climbed the steep hill leading up to campus for my first day of school. I am attending the Corlone campus – one “e” away from being Nice’s mob school- which houses the languages department of Nice University. The Faculty of Lettres, or le fac as it is called, consists of … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Vintage Heaven, London

Top Travel Tip: Vintage Heaven, London

Today’s tip: Vintage Heaven I love vintage things.  The clothes, the furniture, the shapes and colors and prints of the past inspire me.  So I was delighted to find Vintage Heaven on Columbia Road in east London. Right past the famed flower market, the little shop is full of vintage dishes, kitchenware, and decor in … Continue reading

What to read: Grounded

What to read: Grounded

Today’s Tip: Grounded I read this book a few years ago and found it utterly inspiring. Seth Stevenson and his wife embarked on an epic journey – with a twist. Not only did they decide to cash in their 9-5 lives in exchange for an adventure that would take them around the world, but they … Continue reading