Having never been to New York, my only knowledge of this legendary restaurant is from the Billy Joel song, and having always thought that the artisticHaving never been to New York, my only knowledge of this legendary restaurant is from the Billy Joel song, and having always thought that the artistic salons of Paris and any gatherings of artists always sounded so romantic, I figured that Elaine's would have been my kind of place. Except I probably couldn't have gotten in.
Let's begin with the cover....Books! I know the old adage about not judging books by their cover but I do. The stack of books caught my eye and made mLet's begin with the cover....Books! I know the old adage about not judging books by their cover but I do. The stack of books caught my eye and made me read the description, which made me request this release...which made me fall in love. THE BOOK OF SPECULATION is THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets THE MUSEUM OF EXTRAORDINARY THINGS with a dash of THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY.
Read my full review here: http://www.ivoryowlreviews.blogspot.c... This is the first book I've read by Jane Porter...but it won't be my last! I felt liRead my full review here: http://www.ivoryowlreviews.blogspot.c... This is the first book I've read by Jane Porter...but it won't be my last! I felt like it was "the right book at the right time" (don't you just love when that happens?) Equal parts heart wrenching and heart warming, I felt like Alison was a girlfriend I knew....more
I've always been drawn to "foodie fiction" and I absolutely loved A Second Bite at the Apple. Sydney is relatable in that she is a young woman trying to follow her dreams, but tricky career moves and failed relationships keep her from focusing on what she really wants. Like singers scrabbling to make ends meet with waitstaff jobs in bars they wish they were playing in , Sydney is writing newsletters for the farmer's market she is working at. When an opportunity for her big break comes along she has to decide if it is really worth it, knowing the fallout will negatively affect so many people in her life....more
I had mixed feelings about this novel. It had the feeling of an artistic thriller movie with a tiny bit of horror. Not blood and guts but creepy "spirI had mixed feelings about this novel. It had the feeling of an artistic thriller movie with a tiny bit of horror. Not blood and guts but creepy "spirit world crossing over" touches.
Read my full review here: http://ivoryowlreviews.blogspot.com/2... I loved this book immediately because I love the new cooking show Luke Nguyen's FranRead my full review here: http://ivoryowlreviews.blogspot.com/2... I loved this book immediately because I love the new cooking show Luke Nguyen's France. Luke is always walking and cooking along, under, and on top of bridges throughout France. Although I have never been to France, photos of the city make me swoon and this book is no exception. As a book blogger, I constantly have books on my coffee table and scattered about, but none have caught the attention of so many guests as much as Bridges of Paris. Michael Saint James inspires me to continue working on my photography as well as research a visit to Paris in the future. ...more
I am lucky enough to not have a gluten allergy or celiac disease but I have several friends and acquaintances who do. While they are forced to follow certain dietary restrictions, I am simply interested in new recipes and ideas to inspire me to reduce my family's gluten intake. The author begins this book with her and her family's stories of why they needed to make changes to their diets. She then shares valuable insight into how you can make the same changes. Filled with recipes and photos, I have already found myself returning to this book several times since I read it through the first time. Risotto, spaghetti, gnocchi, oh my... all those delicious pastas you thought you had to cut out, Nuccia shows you how to still enjoy these favorites. If I had to criticize anything about this book it would be that the photos are not the super high resolution you may see in some other cookbooks, BUT like I said before, I've returned to this book several times for dinner ideas and I can list a million other glossy hardback cookbooks that I haven't done that with. ...more
Annette Joseph's Picture Perfect Parties combines menus, recipes, and party planning in one gorgeous place. After years of friends suggesting she write a book to share her talents, she did just that and we should all be thankful. In her introduction she states what she wishes this book to accomplish: "With this book, I want to share with you what I have learned styling and hosting hundreds of dinner parties--my 'tricks of the trade' for planning and setting the stage for a party, choosing the tastiest (and easiest) dishes to serve, and giving parties that are as fun and lovely for you as they are for your guests.".....
This review originally appeared in this blog post: http://ivoryowlreviews.blogspot.com/2... I loved/hated the stream of consciousness writing and masculThis review originally appeared in this blog post: http://ivoryowlreviews.blogspot.com/2... I loved/hated the stream of consciousness writing and masculine tone but was intrigued throughout the novel with the detailed dynamics of the narrator's family, friends, and students. The academic setting made me wish I would have read this in the autumn but I really can't stop thinking about the prose. I will probably be dissecting this one in my mind for quite a while....more
This book caught my attention last autumn and I was so excited to read it that I skipped over others in my TBR. Totally not like me at all but I loved every page of this novel. A female scientist returns to the States from Nigeria and faces the impending loss of her sister. She believes herself to be one woman in Nigeria but quickly digresses to her previous self when returning to her family. I related with this schism of others' expectations and your true self. This novel was beautiful and I would label it as a non-traditional "chick-lit" book with an intelligent main character and diverse cast of characters. ...more
This is another book that I felt I would have loved reading at a different time of year. I think I will revisit it this October when I'm ready for a little "scary" since I don't really read horror but want a little something unsettling. This collection is massive but perfect for a nightly short story. This will be on my nightstand all of October. ...more
I admit...I had never heard of Thea Porter before I read this book, and it's no wonder since this is the first book devoted to her. From her beginnings in Damascus and Beirut through London, New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, this book chronicles the life and evolution of the designer and her bohemian collections. This stylish visual biography contains Porter's sketches (some of her younger ones done on lined notebook paper,) magazine features (lots of Vogue highlights,) personal photographs, and sassy quotes. Detailed descriptions of her pieces as well as the places and people that influenced her accompany the rich, gorgeous photography. The photos alone had me doing some online searches for vintage Thea Porter. I am so happy to have this book on my coffee table and I recommend it to anyone with a love of fashion or interest in trends and their histories....more
I love Lily Lockwood! Sassy, smart, and determined, she finds out what she's really made of when her world crashes down. Always able to count on her mother for advice, Lily has to make a lot of tough decisions on her own when her mother is in a terrible car wreck and her personal life is in shambles. Her filthy mouth and a heart of gold will have readers cheering her on whether she's holding her mother's hand or telling her slimeball of a boyfriend off. Author Alison Caiola has created a wonderful character with Lily Lockwood and luckily this isn't the last we will hear of her, two more books are included in the Lily Lockwood series and will be releasing this year. ...more
As the first book to survey the full range of J.M.W. Turner's sketchbooks compiled by one of the world's leading experts on Turner, this is the perfect introduction for anyone not familiar with the artist. I had actually never heard of J.M.W. Turner before reading this book but found that I loved the artist's works. The monochromatic color schemes and natural subjects make this the exact type of artwork I would display in my home. As for the text within the book, I am always interested in artist's lives. An artist's daily activities, relationships, and travels affect their production and I especially like the voyeuristic aspect of a journal, or in this case, sketchbook. Each page transports the viewer to the location of the sketch: the sea, Stonehenge, light houses, Venice... Formatted with tons of sketches accompanied by text strips of descriptions and scene backgrounds, this hardback collection is a beautiful addition to a coffee table or any artist's personal book collection. ...more
I do not know of any other short story compilation that features female anti-heroes. As a lover of female authors and characters, I was glad to have t I do not know of any other short story compilation that features female anti-heroes. As a lover of female authors and characters, I was glad to have the opportunity to explore such a work. Author Lizzie Harwood provides much more than the typical female characters that populate much of what is considered women's fiction. There is no "will they or won't they get together in the end" here.... Read my full review here: http://ivoryowlreviews.blogspot.com/2... ...more
The Knockoff is The Devil Wears Prada 2.0 and I loved every single word! Where we were previously rooting for new girl Andi to take down Miranda, in this novel we are hoping Imogen can oust bratty Eve. Imogen's initial naive observances are cute and laughable, such as: "But the website was just a necessary appendage of the actual pages of the magazine, used mainly as a dumping ground for favors for advertisers and leftover stories. Right?"
This review originally appeared in this blog post: http://ivoryowlreviews.blogspot.com/2... Single mom finds out she's dying? I wasn't ready for anotheThis review originally appeared in this blog post: http://ivoryowlreviews.blogspot.com/2... Single mom finds out she's dying? I wasn't ready for another FIVE DAYS LEFT (that book ripped my heart out!) This novel wasn't as emotional (still some heart-wrenching scenes) as it was thought provoking. I found myself often drifting off (like the main character but a little different) thinking about how I would want particulars handled if I were in the same situation. It would be a great "ice breaker" or book club selection to discuss bucket lists, end of life wishes, etc....more