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NYT Book Review HERE | NPR review HERE

"In his debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra transports readers to Chechnya, a war-torn Russian republic that has long sought independence.

The lyrical and heart-breaking novel begins in 2004 when a doctor watches as Russian soldiers abduct his neighbor, who has been accused of aiding Chechen rebels. He later rescues the neighbor’s 8-year-old daughter, then colludes with another doctor to form an unlikely family amid the daily violence.

'It's a novel about people who are trying to transcend the hardships of their circumstances by saving others,' Marra tells weekends on All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden.”

Audible.com Offers FREE Book Download with 30-Day Trial

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Get a FREE audio book download when you sign-up for a free 30-day trial of Audible (an Amazon company).  Available HERE.  Which should I choose?!  My morning commute & post-workday run just got more fun!

Summer Reading List

Two new books by authors I love:

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls (Amazon | iTunes)

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (Amazon | iTunes | NPR Review)

Currently Reading

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Available HERE | Michael Pollan is one of my favorite food authors & philosophers.  His writing & ideas are not only brilliant, but engaging & accessible. He does an incredible job of connecting individual to global, addressing not just personal health & well-being, but environment benefits of eating well.  Looking forward to this read & to recommitting to cooking a plant-based diet at home & being connected to my food.  NYT Book Review HERE.  See more below: 

'Hamsa' comes from the Hebrew word for five & is an ancient symbol believed to ward off the evil eye.  I picked up a simple adjustable cord bracelet at a little market in sf & I have been very superstitious about it lately.

You can find this one on Amazon. Etsy is loaded with tons I adore like THISTHIS & THIS.

LEAN IN

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Just pre-ordered Sheryl Sandberg’s new book ‘Lean In' (iTunes | Amazon | Powell’s).  Love strong women & moms in business!  Available March 11.  She will also be launching the Lean In organization to support women in reaching their goals.  Join the community on the website or Facebook.  Listen to Sheryl discuss what’s holding women back HERE via NPR & be inspired.

New reading material. My Amazon pre-order arrived just in time for my trip! (PS, it’s COLD in Pdx!) 

Read the very insightful piece on George Saunders (“George Saunders Has Just Written the Best Book You’ll Read All Year”) HERE. Read the NYT book review by Michiko Kakutani HERE. (Check out her 10 best books of 2012 HERE.)

“Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.” -George Saunders View high resolution

New reading material. My Amazon pre-order arrived just in time for my trip! (PS, it’s COLD in Pdx!)

Read the very insightful piece on George Saunders (“George Saunders Has Just Written the Best Book You’ll Read All Year”) HERE. Read the NYT book review by Michiko Kakutani HERE. (Check out her 10 best books of 2012 HERE.)

“Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.” -George Saunders

Currently Reading

Just started ‘The Twelve Tribes of Hattie’ by Ayana Mathis.  Read the NYT review HERE.  Purchase on Amazon HERE.  Purchase for iPad HERE.

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I also just pre-ordered ‘The Tenth of December’ by George Saunders.  Pre-order HERE & read the NYT feature HERE (titled ‘George Saunders Has Just Written the Best Book You’ll Read All Year.)

My Weekend in Books, Film & Television

FINALLY finished ‘The Marriage Plot' by Jeffrey Eugenides. What to read next…so many on my list.

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Watched Kathryn Bigelow’s new film, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.  Tense & gripping.  I would watch anything with Jessica Chastain.

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Downtown Abbey is back with Season 3 premiere tonight, quite right!  And it’s been invaded by the feisty matriarch & American heiress, Shirley MacLaine.  MacLaine & counterpart Maggie Smith steal the show.  I am already loving the fashion this season.  I don’t really get into television, but my New Year’s resolution was to watch more TV ;)  I was able to get up to speed on seasons 1 & 2 thanks to Netflix & Amazon Prime! If you missed the Season 3 premiere, you can watch the first episode HERE via PBS.

The Kills cover Fleetwood Mac ‘Dreams’ for upcoming tribute album ‘Just Tell Me That You Want Me’ (also ft MGMT, Lykke Li, Best Coast & Karen Elson) out Aug 14.  Pre-order on Amazon HERE.

Reading List…

A luxurious Sunday…

Hot Pink by Adam Levin (REVIEW | PURCHASE)

Drift by Rachel Maddow (REVIEW | PURCHASE)

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