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Books About Wine to Feast on This Thanksgiving and Beyond

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You can keep your cranberries and candied yams. Everyone knows that turkey—and Uncle Bob’s stories—go best with a nice glass of wine. While everyone else is busy dressing their turkeys and mashing their potatoes, I’ll be on the hunt for the best wine to bring to the Thanksgiving Day table. While searching for some new ideas, I stumbled upon The Winerist where I found an article on the Top Six Wines to Serve for Thanksgiving and I was pleasantly surprised. The Winerist recommends keeping it simple and serving a sparkling wine before the meal and at least one red and one white wine during dinner. I’m all about starting things off with a celebratory note, so I’ll be adding a…

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The Joy of the Food Truck: Books about the Best Traveling Restaurants

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Saturday night in Stamford, Connecticut. I had just walked out of Tiernan’s Pub with a sunny disposition at one in the morning. People from all over converged on Columbus Park to hear some independent boy band tear up the small stage. The bar scene was packed and uncomfortable after a while. I wanted to go back to my apartment and have a late-night snack that I’d regret in the morning. But then three horrible truths dawned on me: I can’t cook, I don’t have any food to cook with, and I only have five bucks. As I walked up Broad Street I lamented how I’d have no food. My morning was going to be a rough one. Oh woe is…

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Weddiquette: These 4 Books Will Get You Through the Never-Ending Wedding Season!

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The summer wedding season is upon us, which means your mailbox is overloaded with shower, bachelorette and wedding invitations. Lucky you, you’ve received yet another golden, silk envelope with a monogram to celebrate the next chapter of your best friend’s life. Sure, you’re filled with excitement and just like every other time, you immediately start planning your outfit, the bachelorette party, and of course, finding the perfect date. Unfortunately, sometimes there’s so much involved in the planning that you don’t get to just sit back and enjoy the wedding prep. Don’t worry though, you’re not alone. Just try to remember that friend of yours last summer who went to eight weddings in one season; if she could do it then you can…

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go: 6 Unconventional Books that Make Great Graduation Gifts

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It’s that time of the year again! Finals are over, GPAs are officially documented and the diplomas have been printed. For just about anyone reading this, either you or someone you know is graduating from college this month. But instead of the same old Dr. Seuss book everyone gets, this year give something else -– a book that will really get those ambitious and creative juices flowing! Here we’ve compiled a list of 6 fantastic, yet unconventional, books to help you (or your graduate) keep up the momentum needed for post-college success. Mercedes’s Picks: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso (Portfolio, 2015) When it comes to style and confidence, Sophia Amoruso’s company Nasty Gal is where you go. I’ve been shopping there for as long…

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Smart Reads: 4 Cookbooks Dedicated to Sustainable Eating

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Farewell, chunky soups. Adios, crockpot chili. Arrivederci, baked pasta. It’s 70 degrees in New England and I’ve got a hankering for something spring-y. As much as I love those hearty, cozy and  comforting, cold-weather meals and the way they make the house smell like every happy memory from childhood, it’s time for something light, bright, clean and green. Warmer temperatures make me want to indulge in those shimmering jewels newly emerging from the farm. Fortunately, we have the scoop on the newest books of the season—including a sneak preview of a couple of gems out in May. So get ready to savor these delectable cookbooks that will snap you out of the winter doldrums. The Plantiful Table: Easy, From-the-Farm Recipes…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books All About the Heart of the Matter

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In the fast-paced society we live in today, sometimes we forget to slow down and enjoy what life has to offer us. But there are times that we’re reminded of the important things in life like family, friends and love. Whether you’re single, dating or completely off the market, these five hot new books may be just what your heart needs right now. Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game, Jon Birger (Workman Publishing, August 2015) “The author…provides fascinating evidence to show how and why dating and mating culture in America has changed in the 21st century.” —Kirkus Reviews Heat Index: There’s a perfectly good reason as to why you haven’t met the man of your dreams yet and Date-onomics has…

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Chocolate Lovers: Sandra Boynton Returns — Plus a Fairytale Brownies Giveaway!

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What do you really want from your chocolate? Are you looking for a constant companion or an infrequent nibble? Perhaps you need some mood stabilization therapy through cacao consumption—or do you just want a quick sugar fix? You can now realize your full chocolate-loving potential because Sandra Boynton’s “Chocolate: The Consuming Passion (Workman; October 6, 2015) has covered every chocolate-drizzled angle. The beloved New York Times bestselling author, humorist and illustrator first wrote her “Handbook for the Truly Obsessed” in 1982; it has been redrawn and updated to the delight of a whole new generation of chocoholics. As Boynton notes, many things have changed in the world since the original release, but chocolate remains constant. Boynton’s comedic insight into the…

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Live Interview with Valerie McKeehan and The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering

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Ubiquitous at boutiques and cafés, on Etsy and Pinterest, in stationery and home decor, the art of chalk lettering is hotter than ever. Valerie McKeehan, an Etsy standout whose work has been featured in magazines and websites from Good Housekeeping to RealSimple.com, teaches us everything we need to know to create gorgeous hand-drawn chalk designs. The book is also a practice space, with three foldout “chalkboards”—the inside cover and foldout back cover are lined with blackboard paper. In over 60 lessons, learn the ABCs of lettering (literally) and basic styles: serif, sans serif, and script. Next, how to lay out a design, combine various styles into one cohesive piece, add shadows and dimension. Master more advanced letter styles, from faceted…

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Exclusive! Lily & Val’s Valerie McKeehan Talks the Art of Chalk Lettering

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The motto on Valerie McKeehan’s website, Lily & Val, says: “Hand-drawn lovelies” and indeed they are. Her gorgeous greeting cards, thank-you notes, posters, wrapping paper and other cheery and graceful designs use a medium familiar to anyone who went to school in the 20th century—chalk on a blackboard. But even my second-grade teacher’s impeccable cursive couldn’t hold a candle to the McKeehan’s lettering designs. Fortunately for us, she’s making it possible to get in on the fun with her new book, The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering: Create and Develop Your Own Style (Workman; September 22, 2015.) Before you declare your handwriting atrocious, McKeehan makes it easy for a beginner to learn the art of chalk board lettering. BookTrib recently…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Book Covers We Can’t Stop Looking At

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One of the most alluring factors for me when picking my next read is the cover. I’m a sucker for a stop-you-in-your-tracks book cover. Gorgeous covers inspire an immediate top spot on your TBR list before you’ve even read the inside flap to find out what the story is about. So for this week’s Heat Index, I’m compiling five of my recent favorites and let me tell you, narrowing it down to five was a tough job. Not only were these five reads a delight to look at, but they earned mega bonus points for having a fantastic story living between the covers. The Girl at Midnight, Melissa Grey (Delacorte Press, April 2015) “A feisty heroine, fun supporting characters, a mission…

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Elle Luna Finds True Calling at the Crossroads of Should and Must

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Are you a poet trapped inside a lawyer? A stay-at-home parent who yearns to travel? An executive who wants to devote herself to helping the needy? Each one of us has struggled at some time or another to find our “true calling.” Some of us struggle with that every day. We’re standing, in the words of author Elle Luna, at the crossroads between what we should do (what we feel we ought to be doing, what is expected of us) and what we must do (what we dream of doing, the thing that’s our heart’s desire). Luna first addressed this conundrum in an online essay she published that absolutely blew up the Internet—it was tweeted to more than five million…

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Shelfie Picks, live from BookExpo America 2015!

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What’s the hottest thing in print? We’ve got the inside scoop! On Thursday, our very own media maven Mea Stewart (aka The Bookish Diva) and I attended BookExpo America 2015 in New York’s immense Javits Center. Imagine all the movers and shakers in the book galaxy convening in one enormous space to bring book lovers the most exciting books and authors for 2015. We couldn’t let the opportunity pass without getting Shelfie Picks from people in the know, in this case Associate Publicist Patrick Scafidi of Workman Publishing and Supervising Librarian Sue Woody of the Des Moines Public Library. Here are the books that most excited them at BEA. Didn’t have chance to write them down? Here are the books…

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