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What I’m Reading Right Now: Books

We’re entering into rainy season here in the Bay Area and I’m grateful to be surrounded by some really delicious reads to carry me through these dark days and nights.

I absolutely cherished Christina Haag’s memoir Come to the Edge, which is based on her relationship with John F. Kennedy, Jr. It is a beautiful portrayal of young love and chronicles their early-twenties in New York together. Her glimpses into the lives and homes of the Kennedy’s are intriguing and touching, as is the relationship she develops with John’s mom, Jackie Onassis. Knowing John’s fate certainly makes the story all the more bittersweet, but it is a beautiful read nonetheless. It would make an especially great vacation read, if you have a beach trip on the horizon.

I have a decorating bug right now, probably because all of my cozy Christmas decorations are packed away and the cottage is feeling quite dull. The Perfectly Imperfect Home, by Deborah Needleman, has crossed my radar a half a dozen times and I finally bit the bullet and ordered it. All I can say is – WOW. Needleman was one of the founders of Domino Magazine, one my my favorite magazines to-date that sadly shut its doors a few years ago. Her book offers hundreds of ideas on “How to Decorate & Live Well.” With chapter titles like “Cozifications” “A Bit of Quirk” and “Delicious Scent,” I’m in love with it already and can’t wait to get started taking her advice. The book is illustrated by the beautiful watercolors of Virginia Johnson and those alone, deserve a long gander over a cup of tea.

I must have read through Lotta Jansdotter’s book, Handmade Living, a hundred times and I’m still discovering new things. The Swedish-born textile designer offers a lovely glimpse into her Brooklyn home and shares easy ideas for decorating, organizing and entertaining. The photography is a dream in this book, as are Lotta’s many recipes (her gingerbread crisps are especially heavenly, as is her apple jam recipe). This larger, hard-cover book looks beautiful on a coffee table and is perfect for flipping through with a glass of red wine or a friend (or both!).

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