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A mixture of new releases and old faves, here are our picks for holiday and travel reading/cooking/perusing.


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Bring Up the Bodies
by Hilary Mantel

This great historical thriller is Mantel's second installment of her planned trilogy charting the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, the powerful minister in the court of King Henry VIII. Mantel’s Man Booker prize was for the first novel in this trilogy (Wolf Hall), so if you’re looking to really get involved, start with the first, move on to this one and wait eagerly for the third, as this one’s a bit of a cliffhanger.

The Newlyweds
by Nell Freudenberger

Freudenberger creates a fascinating world in which we get to observe the everyday life and happenings of a young couple navigating their new marriage. The Newlyweds explores many facets of the human condition - alienation, trust, sharing and relationships.

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The Sheltering Sky
by Paul Bowles

Why we love this book: “How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four, or five times more? Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless…”

Books for Cooks

Barefoot Contessa Foolproof
by Ina Garten

Ina’s back! This time she offers her homey, sophisticated and easy to make recipes (think Lobster Mac & Cheese, Grilled Cheese Croutons, easy Osso Buco and the like) in addition to foolproof shopping lists, table settings, freezing tips and more.

You’re All Invited
by Margot Henderson

Margot Henderson, of London-based catering company Arnold & Henderson, has authored a beautifully photographed and conceived book on food for entertaining. A good taste of modern British home-style cooking, it gives each course (including the cheese) its due treatment, plus a list of menus and chapters like, “Food for the Masses.” This is a true resource.

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Food Blogs Turned Books

A few years ago, we featured two of our favorite food sites, Canelle et Vanille and Smitten Kitchen in this issue. Both Aran Goyoaga and Deb Perelman’s blogs have come to life this season with their first cookbooks, Small Plates and Sweet Treats – a beautifully styled and photographed treatise on all things gluten-free - and The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook - more of Deb’s indulgent and meticulously developed recipes - both with all-new recipes.

The Art of the Restaurateur

So many people fantasize about starting their own restaurant and few have the slightest idea of what it takes. Meet 20 of the greats including Danny Meyer and Joe Bastianich to learn the elements that make for an establishment's success and staying power. (Love the illustrations, too!)

Some instrumental music while you read...

"Where is My Mind"
cover by Maxence Cyrin

"Double Quatuor en Fa K.496"
from the album Mozart in Egypt by Milen Natchev

"Karma Police"
cover by Vitamin String Quartet


Why Does the World Exist?
by Jim Holt

In this thought-provoking (and also surprisingly amusing) book, Jim Holt traces the metaphysical mystery of how we came to be. Holt’s journey finds him speaking to everyone from an uptight university professor to a Buddhist monk and beyond, tracing our efforts to find the answer to the riddle of existence from the ancient world to modern times.

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The Portable Atheist
by Christopher Hitchens

Following his well known work God Is Not Great, Christopher Hitchens, the late and very controversial contributing editor to Vanity Fair, tackles atheistic and agnostic thought going back to the ancient Greeks in this enticing anthology. This book, which you by no means have to be an atheist to appreciate, touches on selected essays from thinkers, scientists and philosophers, such as Benedict de Spinoza, Karl Marx, Mark Twain, Richard Dawkins and more, and includes original pieces by the likes of Salman Rushdie.

Beirut, I Love You
by Zena el Khalil

In this memoir published by the New York Review of Books, Zena el Khalil, a young Beirut-based artist returns from art school in New York to Beirut in the midst the Israeli armed forces’ 34-day war against Lebanon in 2006. Khalil brings the city and its current events to life through personal anecdotes about loss, tragedy, friendship, life as a young woman in a polarized city, and love for this conflicted, beautiful place she calls home.

by Diana Vreeland

After seeing Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s wonderful documentary, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, it’s hard not to get re-obsessed with the legendary editor. Her 1984 memoir, D.V. is worth picking up – full as it is of her trademark witty quips.

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The Best of Flair

Another legendary editor, Fleur Cowles, edited Flair, a groundbreaking magazine that only existed for one year but was a game-changer in terms of layout and editorial direction. A rare find, watch out for it in your second-hand bookstore.


by Grace Coddington

Starring famed Vogue editor Grace Coddington as herself, we are looking forward to this book’s release next week. It’s guaranteed to be special.

The Be Bookshelf

A few of our favorite Be books – guidance on happiness, love and weathering life’s vicissitudes.

On the Coffee Table

Good Vibrations
by Mary Heilmann

In short, Abstraction meets California surf culture. This exhibition catalogue for her show at the Bonnefantenmuseum brings together many of the (lighthearted and colourful) phases that this painter, sculptor and ceramicist has gone through…Is it wrong to wish her clubchairs were manufactured for kids?

A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I – XVII
by Taryn Simon

We are (major) fans of this photographer. Her most recent project was four years in the making with travels to remote parts of the world investigating long family bloodlines through political and cultural turmoil. All in all, fascinating. In 2012 alone, Taryn's powerful series has travelled from the Tate in London, to the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, to the Almine Rech Gallery in Paris, to the MoMA in New York, to the Corcoran in D.C., to the MoCA in Los Angeles where it is currently.

My Ideal Bookshelf
by Jane Mount and Thessaly La Force

A good book for the bookshelf voyeurist. Find out what cool peeps like Patti Smith, Roseanne Cash, Alice Waters and Judd Apatow stock on their shelves, through interviews and Jane Mount's book spine paintings.

Other titles we’re excited about…


Customized Puffin Classics

A set of eight Puffin Classics for kids with beautiful bookbinding from Puffin and a customized book band made by goop favorite, Juniper Books. Titles include:

  1. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  2. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  3. Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  4. The Adventures of Robin Hood by Richard Green
  5. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  6. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  7. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  8. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

if: A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility
by Allie Esiri & Rachel Kelly

We love the app and now we love the book just as much. A poetry primer for kids that adults can enjoy too, organized thematically with poetry by Coleridge and Keats, Lewis Carroll, Roald Dahl, and many, many more. With artful illustrations by the super cool Natasha Law.

Kiki & Coco in Paris
by Nina Gruener

An unusual story book, this one is illustrated with photographs rather than illustrations. It’s a sweet tale about a girl and her doll in Paris with beautiful photographs by Stephanie Rausser. The story truly comes to life with a handmade doll made by Jess Brown that accompanies the book.


Though all the books on this list can be enjoyed by women and dudes alike, these are some that are guaranteed not to get an eyeroll.

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