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03.30.14

The Uncommon Reader

My friend Robbie gave me The Uncommon Reader by Allan Bennett as a gift and I love to gift it as well. It’s a delightful novella that poses a scenario: Queen Elizabeth, at the age of 70, suddenly becomes a voracious reader. She starts reading out of duty, then finds duty turns to curiosity, and curiosity to pleasure:
“What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren’t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.” 

Alan Bennett’s writing is such a joy to read, The Uncommon Reader is a witty tale of the subversive pleasures of reading. Treat yourself to this little treasure of a book!
See more book recommendations on our Great Books Pinterest Board.
Read some of the most beautiful quotes in literature and shop the Black Tie Collection in the Literally Lovely lookbook.

The Uncommon Reader

My friend Robbie gave me The Uncommon Reader by Allan Bennett as a gift and I love to gift it as well. It’s a delightful novella that poses a scenario: Queen Elizabeth, at the age of 70, suddenly becomes a voracious reader. She starts reading out of duty, then finds duty turns to curiosity, and curiosity to pleasure:

“What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren’t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”

Alan Bennett’s writing is such a joy to read, The Uncommon Reader is a witty tale of the subversive pleasures of reading. Treat yourself to this little treasure of a book!

See more book recommendations on our Great Books Pinterest Board.

Read some of the most beautiful quotes in literature and shop the Black Tie Collection in the Literally Lovely lookbook.

01.24.14

Wild

I recently read this very emotionally riveting book, “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed, about a woman’s journey hiking the Pacific Coast Trail … ultimately about the choices we make, the adventures of life, the will of the human spirit.  Highly recommended!

Wild

I recently read this very emotionally riveting book, “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed, about a woman’s journey hiking the Pacific Coast Trail … ultimately about the choices we make, the adventures of life, the will of the human spirit. Highly recommended!

12.23.12

Eye Candy, Brain Food

Anyone who knows me knows I love a good book, and I think a thoughtfully-chosen book makes for a great gift. Everyone loves to add to their library, freshen up their coffee table. Art books are especially perfect at this time of the year; and here are some that I’ve been thinking about gifting (and also for myself!)

1> Kate Moss. The quintessential cool-girl-turned-modern-woman. Can never get enough Kate!

2> Ross Bleckner. I love his art: magical, colorful, sensual.

3> Elizabeth Peyton. One of my favorite artists. This woman is so talented, so inspiring.

4> Melvyn Bragg: The Adventure of English. I loved this book and think it’d be perfect for my Dad-he quotes Shakespeare often and is a real lover of language. After reading this book, I really began to think about every word I say (even when I am in a fitting and say a dress is too “armholey”.)

04.10.12

Thérèse Raquin
Kate Winslet read to me (I love audiobooks!) Thérèse Raquin … Fantastic book.  Definitely think twice before murdering anyone.  xx R

Thérèse Raquin

Kate Winslet read to me (I love audiobooks!) Thérèse Raquin … Fantastic book.  Definitely think twice before murdering anyone.  xx R

12.04.11

Just Kids

I recently read the Patti Smith book “Just Kids”, about her experiences in the early 70’s and her friends, especially Robert Mapplethorpe and Sam Wagstaff.  I’ve always really loved these photos of Patti in the tutu with the cat, with the pink tulle, shot by Sam.  Today as we shoot our Spring 2012 collection marketing photos I’m especially appreciative of the power of a strong, simple photo.

xx Rebecca

08.22.11

Rebecca’s Picks: Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese

I just finished this fabulous novel Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghes. Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics—their passion for the same woman—that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flee his homeland. He makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him—nearly destroying him—Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him. Check out a full review of Abraham Verghes by the nytimes here. I hope you enjoy the read as much as I did. Cheers!

-Rebecca x