If I could only spend my days sitting in the sun reading. A few books I have going all at once, pretty much because I was so eager to take in every page….oh and I love The Help. Peyton Place just came to me off the shelf at the local library. I wasn’t looking for it, not even thinking about it and there it was after all this time all these years of Camden (where it supposedly is based) PP stories.
Zelda by Nancy Milford – a biography of Zelda Fitzgerald. Amazing peacock graphic on cover, I picked a copy up at a local bookshop. Not terribly well written, in fact quite repetitive…but there are some nuggets in there and fantastic photos of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. There really was something magnetic about that woman!
The Help by Kathryn Stockett – do yourself the biggest favor in the world and get this book…then sit somewhere quiet and dig in. More than likely you will get hungry so have some deviled eggs, black-eyed peas, fried chicken, and biscuits near by….oh and a tall glass of sweet tea. Not since Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg has a woman truly captured the Southern spirit. Love this and you should get your hands on anything and everything by Flannery O’Connor (the Dorothy Parker of the South) and Anne Rivers Siddons (I’m a huge fan so I don’t want to hear she is ANYTHING like what’s her name Collins….just go for Peachtree Road, Outer Banks, or Colony and you just try not to stay up till all hours turning pages).
Peyton Place by by Grace Metalious. Published in the 1950s it sold 60,000 copies within the first ten days of its release and remained on the New York Times best seller list for 59 weeks. It was adapted as both a 1957 film and a 1964–69 television series. If you like this you might also enjoy one of my favorites Valley of the Dolls (GREAT film) by Jacqueline Susann.
Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat by sustainable food and farming advocate Temra Costa. The book profiles women farmers, educators, advocates and chefs who are changing the way we eat.
Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages by Anne Mendelson. The human history of milk plus recipes.
The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly. I picked this up after seeing “The Lincoln Lawyer” and reading The Brass Verdict, both by Connelly. After being put on involuntary stress leave for attacking his boss, LAPD detective Harry Bosch tackles his mother’s murder case. John Grisham meets the TV series Law & Order.
While living in a small town I could not always find what I needed locally thus the occasional two or three hour drive to a city where I could. As time went on I found myself spending less time on the road and more time on the Web tracking items down. These days it seems one could live anywhere and have the world delivered to their doorstep thanks to UPS.
Can’t find the new Brad Gooch bio on Flannery O’Connor at your local library ask the librarian about requesting a copy. Don’t want to wait visit INDIEBOUND to find independent bookstores in your area. All of the above fail there is always Amazon.
Want to start an organic kitchen garden, but don’t have any friends with a green thumb, a local nursery stocked with organic soil or a pick up truck to cart the lumber back home. EARTHBOX may be your answer. Their Organic Ready to Grow Complete Kit @ $59.95 includes self-watering patio container garden with organic potting mix, fertilizer and natural dolomite.
For organic seeds visit http://www.burpee.com/.
A personal favorite for online shopping is GAIAM. Friends got me started on their yoga DVDs, a great alternative to heading outside in winter temps to make a 6:15AM class. Incentive to head to class pick up their fashion forward and environmentally friendly Beau Yoga Mat Tote (Gray) or Palazzo Pant (Black) made of organic cotton.
For cameras, lenses and photo/printing gear my fail safe is B&H Photo.
Trouble with the local cable provider or satellite there are plenty of options online. HULU is fun for past episodes of Hell’s Kitchen or catching the pilot of Parks and Recreation. Netflix is like Hanukkah or Christmas all year long. For a moderate monthly fee members will receive a little red envelope in the mail with episodes of Mad Men, Big Love and Weeds (Season 4 is due out in June). Recently Netflix also began offering some programs online.